BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Get ready for an exciting evening of great holiday fare, new connections and reconnections! Photographer Extraordinaire Teryl Jackson (Teryl Jackson Photography), longtime Freelance Forum member and past Treasurer, will once again preside over a fast-paced Speed Networking event.
How will it work? Depending on the number of attendees, you’ll have a series of approximately two-minute encounters where you’ll meet a member or guest, exchange business cards and describe (ie, sell!) your services. Most importantly, you’ll focus on your “prospect” to determine how you might help each other. We encourage you to ask questions like “Who’s your audience,” “How can I help you grow your business,” “If you could partner with another person in a different specialty, what would it be,” etc.
TIPS TO MAKE THIS EVENT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FOR YOU:
As a freelancer, you need to know your colleagues’ talents and capabilities — and to make sure they know all about yours! Whether you’re thinking of launching a freelance business or you’ve been working independently for years, having a network of people you can tap for information, advice and opportunities, while sharing your own, is paramount!
Didn’t we mention holiday fare? We’re pulling out all the stops! Expect a more festive than usual buffet spread (well in advance of any pesky New Year’s resolutions!).
And after the event? We like this piece of advice from Fast Company: “The most important part of the experience is the follow-ups. Don’t leave your new connections hanging. Pick and choose the people you’d like to know better professionally and send them an email. Nothing too intense, just a quick ‘it was nice to meet you, I’d like to know more about your endeavors’ kind of thing. (Our) two biggest tips for networking newbies: Don’t leave your business cards at home, and perfect your handshake.”
See you December 3!
No atmospheric pressure here! We network and socialize over sandwiches, spreads or pizza, catch up with new and old friends and introduce ourselves to first-time or frequent guests. Then we settle in for the night’s program and its follow-up Q&A.
Our programs always focus on running a creative business more successfully, with topics that address issues like fees, taxes, law, marketing, selling, interpersonal skills, business organization, technology and more. All to help you work smarter, faster, more efficiently and more profitably. So whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been at this for a while, you get no-fluff information tailored to your needs.
So join us for a meeting. Bring your questions. Hear that hot tip or horror story. And of course, share your own!