And we’re live!
District Bliss had our first online DIY and it was a success! Thanks to everyone who tuned in!
Didn’t get a chance to catch it live? No worries!
Watch the full DIY on YouTube, at the bottom of this blog – AND here’s a recap of what you missed (aka our notes – in case you did watch and forgot to grab your pen and paper)! 😉
Why is it important to network?
- Whether you’re just starting out or have been in business for 10 years, you can always use more exposure!
- Get mingling and get the word out about your business!
- If you’re rebranding, let everyone know your story and what your new vision is.
- Connections + Collaborations
- Build business and personal relationships!
- You want to be surrounded by like-minded people that you can to bounce ideas off of; you want to find people you really click with.
- Whether it’s through word of mouth or referrals, new connections often lead to having more clients, which is exactly what you want!
- Creative? Wedding or event professional? Have styled shoots! Styled shoots are the perfect way to collaborate. Show off your skills by collaborating with other professionals, in the best light possible! You get to meet people face-to-face and match it with their brand.
- Social Skills
- Expand your industry vocabulary & learn how to speak to clients – because things (like technology) can change quickly!
- Learn from others situations and how they dealt with it! This may help you to avoid certain situations with future clients and/or know how to fix the situation OR incorporate things that worked well for others.
How do you network?
- Be – and appear – open minded, friendly, and excited to meet others
- Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself! Everyone’s in the same boat, so just go for it!
- Allow room in the “circle” for those looking for a convo to join in! (Tip: Angle your body at a 3/4 turn to allow others to enter!)
- Introduce yourself
- Give some personal details. Make yourself memorable to others!
- Ask the other person some of their personal details. Show interest in who you’re talking to!
- Be interested in what the other person does
- Everyone wants to know that you’re interested in what they have to say, so be engaged!
- Ask questions that may peak both your and their interest
- Commit their name and their brand/business to memory
- Don’t forget to make a mental note of anything someone said that particularly peaked your interest!
- Manage your time
- If the networking event isn’t particularly long, try to manage the length of your conversations
- Try to get around and talk to as many people as possible!
- If you’ve been in a conversation for a while, a way to politely exit the convo would be to say you’re getting a drink or saw a friend you’d like to catch up with – or take your new pal with you!
What do you do after you network?
- Follow up
- It’s best to follow up within three days!
- Friend them on Facebook – if applicable
- Message/email them! This is one of the best ways to get in touch with your new connections. (Tip: Mention personal details about them – and yourself – in the email. It’ll remind them of who you are and show them that you were really paying attention and interested in the convo/them)!
- Don’t be afraid to send cold emails, as well. That’s how Sara and Sarah met!
- Call to action
- Schedule another time to meet up – whether’s it’s a coffee date, drinks, a play date with your kids, or another networking event!
- Stay in touch
- Share/invite them to future events
- Referrals! You can speak to their personality, style and quality
- Ask others questions about the industry – we all have questions from time to time!
- Help someone out! Whether it’s inviting them to Facebook groups or introducing them to other creatives/vendors, if you think something will help others out, do it! We’re all in this together!
Thanks again to everyone who tuned in! We’ll be back with more DIYs soon!
Watch last night’s workshop here!
Interested in becoming a DIY Workshop Leader? Click here!