A Reminder to Network

7 Jul

Last month I posted about networking–the art of personal interactions with people. In this post on networking opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally, I wrote:

Meeting other people and talking with them can strengthen your business in many ways from increasing your clients and customers to keeping you up-to-date on the needs of your community to making connections business to business and more.

So I’m writing today to remind you: have you fed your network recently? If you have, great! And if you haven’t or your network is still hungry, find out about Green Drinks, BNI, chamber mixers, or other groups like Ojai’s No More Nylons facilitated by Jodi Womack. Attend conferences, symposiums, meetings–just about any event could be an opportunity to pass your card to someone who might need your services.

In Ventura County, Green Drinks meets on the second Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm at a different location each month (July is still TBA; I’ll update this post with information as soon as it is possible.)

Tomorrow night, Thursday July 8 from 6-8pm,  is the next “No More Nylons” event which will be held at lovely Azu, a restaurant on the main drag in Ojai just past the arcade on the right hand side of the street. The address is 457 E. Ojai Avenue. There’s more info, interviews and photos on the main website, http://www.NoMoreNylons.com/

Evenings don’t work for you? How about Thursday, July 29, 2010 8-10 AM? This one is in Meiner’s Oaks at Papa Lennon’s Pizzaria.

Remember to bring plenty of business cards and other materials to share!

3 Responses to “A Reminder to Network”

  1. Daniel Richman July 8, 2010 at 12:53 am #

    Great post Gwen! I love networking! In fact, Facebook has been the biggest network agent for me over the course of the last year. It seems every time I have a new idea, or a thought that I think could “sprout”, I make a “page” or a “group” about it. Invite my 385 friends, and hope for the best. I’ve heard a lot about the different networking events around town, and keep track of them. One thing that I can’t get over though is the business license thing. I know, (technically) that I need one, but the groups sometimes “require” you to have them. That just seems wrong, if someone owns a business and it’s REALLY small, they should still have the chance to network.

  2. art predator July 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    Thanks Daniel!

    Your comments about facebook reminded me that I wanted to post here about The Write Alley’s new facebook URL and a little about using facebook too.

    Sorry you’ve hit a roadblock about the business license; perhaps that’s they’re way of weeding out the hobbyists from people who are serious.

  3. Daniel Richman July 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    Very good point. It’s not HARD to get a license for a business, it’s just something you’ve gotta do (in some respects) to be taken seriously around town. For instance in my friends’ networking group.

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