I love networking because I love meeting new people and our first #GetSocial event last night was simply great, all due to the people who came along. We had a quite a few people who booked but never turned up, which was a shame, but those who did come proved to be a very chatty and interactive bunch. Everyone seemed to be speaking to each other and it was a great atmosphere, helped along by the quirky environment of the venue.
I never attend networking events looking for work or business as the main point is to meet and build on those connections. If I meet one or two people then I'm quite happy with that and normally at larger functions you have less time to speak, less meaningful connections and conversations and probably less chance of really connecting and meeting up to discuss future collaborations.
Ruth and myself set up around 5.30pm and within half an hour, we had spoken to around 4 people who were in the bar already and wanted to know more about what we were doing. They volunteered their email addresses and three of them hung around for the whole evening - random but meaningful connections!
We had some familiar faces but we also met some people that we've only spoken to behind the screen and that was just wonderful. I've already set a date to meet up with two of them to discuss further opportunities and most of those who attended are booking for the next one!
Our reasons for setting up #GetSocial are clear, we want to build our connections and we want to meet those connections to get to know them better. There is no comparison to face 2 face conversation. Sometimes in events, you're looking for volume, but last night proved that it's not about the numbers, it's about the people and their willingness and commitment to get out there, find out about each other and build those relationships.
If you want to attend a #GetSocial event, our next one is on the 26th April at Home Cafe Deli, Church Street, Birmingham and you can book for FREE through the website www.getsocialnetworking.com
#GetSocial Networking is co-founded by Sharon Brown of Lydian Events Ltd and Ruth Duggal of MYOVDO (Make Your Own Video Training)