Networking Event – Girls Lunch Out
I’ve been doing this business now for almost 7 yrs (wow really??) and I honestly would not be where I am now if not for social media. If you are a fellow small business owner, blogger, entrepreneur, I cannot stress how important it is to attend networking events. Especially ones that connect you face-to-face with the people who support you online. I attended an event called Girls Lunch Out Sunday at Maggianos in Costa Mesa.
I loved this event because: it was short -3 hours long, included a good meal and drinks, was very well organized, had a simple and fun ice breaker and a great guest speaker. They also had giveaways through out the event and great swag bags to take away. And Ronaldo from Hanbee Photography was there to take head shot pictures if you were so inclined to need. All for $40. The hosts, Wendy from Wendy Nielsen and Megan from MamaBub, were lovely. Funny, relaxed, conversational. Made sure everyone was having a good time and getting what they needed out of the event without being overbearing.
I also appreciated that the event wasn’t over styled. The centerpieces were created using donated wine and custom signs made by Whimsy & Wise Events. Simply perfect. The restaurant was classy but not uncomfortable. The food was plenty and good. Service was excellent.
Wine was donated by Mirassou Winery. I tried their Pinot Noir and the Moscato. The Moscato was sweet, which I like, but not overly so. Definitely adding it to my list of must buys.
And the guest speaker was Sarah James from Whoorl. She talked about her experiences blogging, gave advice on how to connect with brands and readers/customers. She was charismatic and delightful. The woman has the hair of your DREAMS! And she said the F word. Bonus. She also wore a necklace that I immediately noticed. I talk about that on In the Mix tomorrow.
I got to meet a bunch of new people and got to chat with some folks I’ve been online friends with for years. I am excited to add some new blogs and social media accounts to my daily mix. And some of Sarah’s advice I am acting on this month. That’s the beauty of networking events. You walk away with some new perspective, new cheerleaders and you also get in the forefront again of the people you’ve become comfortable around. I am not sure if I am saying that right so hopefully you know what I mean. 😀
Anyway, if you are a small business, I highly recommend checking out local networking events to participate in. At least once every few months. Girls Lunch Out is a great one. Some other ways to find out about events is to check the Eventbrite directory. And if you sign up with them, they will send you emails letting you know what events your connections are attending. And join some private Facebook groups with peers. They’ll be the first to hear about events, may even be hosting some themselves, and can give you honest feedback on if it’s worth your investment.