I went to my first FSB networking event titled ‘Bring a Buddy, hosted by Orega Serviced Offices at the prestigious Blue Tower building, Media City, Salford Quays. The meeting room was filled to capacity.
Simon Edmondson did a great job of leading the event and standing in as guest speaker/presenter after the scheduled speaker was unable to attend.
Simon shared his 4 year long journey with social media and in particular twitter.
Surprisingly, to most people’s astonishment I think, it went really well. A large percentage of attendees asked questions and tweeters of varying experience and expertise shared their good and bad experiences, and top tips.
The event was toped and tailed with an opportunity to openly network. Everyone was also given the chance to deliver a 45 second ‘elevator pitch’.
The Federation also had their marketing executive present to document the best practices of the event so these practices could be shared with other regional directors to ensure success of their events.
To a certain degree I did the same thing the FSB Observer – I observed how people acted and presented their business and themselves, I looked for best practices that I could take away and actually use – I even managed to trial two on the night!
My two main objectives, when I attend a networking event, is to connect with three people.
I choose three people because it means that if I am at the event for 60 mins then in theory I can spend almost 20 mins with one person before moving on, which means that we actually have a strong likely hood of ‘truly connecting’.
The characteristics I look for are people with a strong centre of influence, people who are interesting and engaging and people who are in a position of leadership. My tree connections from ‘Bring a Buddy’ are Zhuo Jun Xu (Cooper Kaplan), Christian Michaels (Digital Agency) and Michael Masterson (Double M Business Services Ltd.)
My second objective is to consolidate existing relationships. It was great to have a brief word and hand shake with Jim Frayne (Insurance Consultant at Eunisure Insurance Ltd) and of course Simon.
I feel this is a great initiative of the FSB to harness the power of the members for the good of all associated with them. I look forward to the event.
If you would like to benefit from this opportunity and many others services that the FSB membership offers, then contact Simon Edmondson for a no obligation chat, usually over coffee.
Simon Edmondson firstname.lastname@example.org 07766493428 (Mobile)
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