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The 2-Hour Cocktail Party by Nick Gray

How to Make New Friends and Build Big Relationships

Discover a simple party-hosting formula with step-by-step instructions that help you meet new people, strengthen your relationships, and make you the person everyone wants to know.

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You know that well-connected friend who only exists in the movies? The one who throws the best parties and can set up any introduction you need?

Everyone wants to know someone magical like this who brings people together. The secret is: you can be that person. You should be that person. The 2-Hour Cocktail Party will show you how.

Discover a simple party-hosting formula with step-by-step instructions that help you meet new people, strengthen your existing relationships, and make you the person everyone wants to know.

You’ll learn which days are the best to throw events (probably not the ones you think!) and what to say to the first people who arrive. Learn how to ensure your invitations get responses and your guests show up excited to mingle. Plus, get helpful pre-party checklists and a breakdown of activities to encourage new connections.

With The 2-Hour Cocktail Party, you’ll make new friends, boost your career, and leave everyone asking. “When’s your next party?”

Buy it now on Amazon or Audible or buy from: Apple Books, Kobo, or B&N.

Or read the first chapter on my blog here.

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Testimonials (See 300+ on Amazon and Goodreads)

David Hauser

Easy to use advice for anyone to host a party, even introverts like me. Want to host great parties? Want to build your network and career? Take Nick’s framework in this book and learn how.

David Hauser, Founder of Grasshopper

Cathryn Lavery

Nick’s book is the most practical, no-fluff instruction on how to throw an incredible and memorable event. It’s part self-help, part personal growth, and full of actionable steps you can take today to build big relationships and become a connector.

Cathryn Lavery, Co-Founder of BestSelf

Dorie Clark

If you’ve been a hermit during COVID, or if you haven’t been able to meet many new people over the past few years, this book is your chance to re-ignite your relationships and change your life.

Dorie Clark, Professor at The Fuqua School of Business of Duke University

Michael Karnjanaprakorn

As someone who recently moved to a new city and is looking for a way to meet new people, this book is the perfect step-by-step guide to build a community.

Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Founder of Otis and Skillshare

The Perfect Party Formula

Inside my book, you’ll find everything you need to feel confident hosting your first party, including:

  • Guest invitations Who to invite, how to invite them, and when to send the invitations to maximize RSVPs and minimize no-shows.
  • Scripts you use My favorite and most effective email templates and event reminder to send after someone has RSVP’d. You’ll learn how one of these messages makes people feel special, valued, and excited to attendboosting your attendance rates above 80 percent.
  • Must-have supplies Checklists with all you need to prepare for a seamless event.
  • Proven-to-work icebreakers The best conversation starters that I’ve found, why they work, and exactly how and when to use them.

Plus plenty more tips and tricks to make your parties stress-free.

From picking the best day of the week to knowing what to say when someone arrives earlyand how to nicely ask people to leave at the end. Buy now on Amazon and Audible.

See 5 case studies here of people who read early copies of my book and hosted a party.

Hey, Nick Gray here. That’s me in the photo above, laying down in front and pumping my fist like I just won a youth basketball tournament 😂

Thanks for reading to the bottom of this page. I really do believe that learning how to host an effective, well-run party or happy hour will help you. You’ll learn how to make new friends, re-kindle old relationships, and even boost your career.

Anyone can learn how. It doesn’t take a lot of money, or a huge apartment or house.

I used to be terrible at throwing parties.

But then I discovered several specific tactics to get better at it.

They are—and I can’t stress this enough—incredibly easy to implement yourself.

Order my book on Amazon or Audible now or buy from: Apple Books, Kobo, or B&N.


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Nick Gray

Nick Gray moved to New York City with very few friends and less-than-stellar social skills. But Nick craved new relationships and exciting opportunities. He started hosting non-traditional partiesa move that opened doors he never could have imagined.

Today, after hosting hundreds of 2-hour parties, he counts business owners, artists, and inspiring teachers among a circle of friends that helped him launch a multimillion-dollar company, Museum Hack. Featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Nick has been called a host of “culturally significant parties” by New York Magazine.

Satisfaction guarantee: If you don’t find value in my book, I’ll personally refund you the full cost of the Kindle version. My Venmo is @nickgray. Request from me there (expires Jan 29th) and I’ll send you your money back.

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