WRITTEN BY SHARRA GREENE
Photographer: D. Rice Photography
So, in the beginning of 2018 I promised myself that I would be attending a lot more networking events. So far, I've been doing pretty well choosing the ones to attend and the ones to pass on. I would have to say that my favorite one this year was the Fashion Designers' and Craftmakers' Network's Fashion Showcase and Angelman Syndrome Charity Event at the end of April. I'll be going more in detail about my personal experience there on my brand new upcoming podcast, which will be available to stream this May, but for now if you want to know more about it, you can check out my event recap post here.
Anyway, I recently realized the main reason why I can be so apprehensive about attending certain events is because these days there are a lot of people and organizations who plan these glorified parties and turn up sessions and title them "networking mixers". Don't get me wrong, I'm all for having fun and turning up when the time is right, but with working on my business and all of the administration upkeep that comes with that, as well as making time for family and friends, it's really important to me that my time spent adding to my network is well spent. It's true what they say, your network really is your net worth. So I always want to make sure I'm socializing and mingling with people who have a similar mindset or who have goals to achieve and want to be around others who do as well. I want to share two things that I've been considering before buying a ticket to an event, which so far have been keeping me in the right rooms.
Number one, who will be the key speakers or headliners? I always like to do as much research on the people who will be the highlights of an event. Are these people who have had a notable level of experience or success in the field that you're interested in? I'm not talking about a person with a lot of followers but no real results or no respectable work ethic. I'm always looking for the people who know how to get results and know how to effectively communicate how to do that with others. I also like look at what the mentees of that person have to say about their experience learning from that particular person.
Number two, what will the presumed atmosphere be like? What setting will the event be held in? Personally, I've been seeing a lot of "meetings and mimosas" type of events and it looks cute on a flyer and I'll probably attend a few in the future just for fun and to say I did. But, it all depends on what your intentions are. If I'm going to have a good time and maybe meet some people to collab with in the process, "meetings and mimosas" sounds good. But if I'm intending to hear from successful people who can show me how to get where they are, I don't want to be so turnt that I forget to remember what they said or even to actually take notes.
These two things can definitely help you use your own discretion better when analyzing whether or not to buy that ticket. And again, I'll definitely be going more into detail on this topic on an episode of my upcoming podcast. If you're subscribed to the blog, you'll be one of the first to know when it's available!
Stay tuned for more style and inspirational posts coming your way very soon!