I heard about the event on the netmums.com notice board, and as a freelance copy writer and marketing consultant looking for some more local clients, I thought it would be a perfect way for me to meet some new people. Everyone needs marketing after all, right?!
I had expected the atmosphere would be a bit tense and was concerned that I would be confronted with people who were only there to hard-sell me their products or services (flashbacks of attending ghastly Chamber of Commerce events in my agency days were abounding!). Happily, I couldn’t have been more wrong; the twenty or so attendees were charming and very easy to talk to. Often the allocated ten minutes per person seemed too short, and not because I was trying to flog my services (although I was of course!), but because I was so interested in all the other participants and what they had to say.
It was a very diverse group and I not only met some lovely people, but also learned a lot including how to save money on the cost of a wedding, how hypnotism could save the NHS millions, the way Pilates can change lives, where to go if I need a horse photographed, the amazing benefits Aloe can bring, what “cake balls” taste like, and where to get hold of edible glitter...not bad for a Wednesday night!
I would definitely recommend Speed Networking with Networking Mummies to any small business or freelancer – and you don’t actually have to be a mummy (or even a daddy) to join in. You will have a very enjoyable evening, meet interesting people and even get some new clients if you’re lucky – I am excited to be talking with Lulubelle’s Cupcakes and Wedding VIP Card about possible projects already!
Give it a try - I’m so pleased I went, it’s probably the best £15 I’ve spent on trying to generate new business this year!