Build your network

A virtual and face to face business networking resource.

Do you tell yourself ‘I hate networking … ‘ and so give yourself permission not to bother going?

If so, you’re missing a great opportunity to promote yourself and your business – not through hard sell, but through your personal and social impact.

It’s so often not what you know but who knows you.

People want to like, trust and understand each other and taking part in face to face networking events can help you make friendships and relationships that can only build your business and your brand.

Julia Chanteray‘s website The Joy of Business has information and links to a great selection of networking groups, several women-only.

www.thejoyofbusiness.co.uk/networking-groups

Sussex Playwrights is for those who love to write, watch, hear and discuss new drama – all welcome. A monthly networking meeting at the New Venture Theatre Bar, Brighton. Usually the first Sunday of every month 7-9pm. Prize playwriting competitions, rehearsed readings and discussions by actors and SPC members. Free to members, visitors £2 inc wine and juice.

www.sussexplaywrights.co.uk

Facebook Groups

Brighton and Hove Business Women FB Group is for networking, discussion, sharing only – no promoting. We meet once a month, and there is usually a business skills presentation plus conversation. Free.

There’s a sister Group, Promoting Brighton and Hove Business Women, for advertising and promoting your work.

Brighton Actors Networking Group is for aspiring, new and established actors in the region. The first meetup social happened at Christmas 2016 – there will be more.

Shooters in the Pub, Brighton has a free monthly meeting for anyone interested in film making. Writers, producers, directors, actors, sound and camera crew, editing and post production, musicians, makeup, costume and props artists … everyone welcome. Free – buy a drink or coffee if you like. Usually the first Monday of the month 6.30 onwards.

Join the online Groups – and invitations to events will come.

Practice your elevator pitch – who you are, what you do and what good things you offer.

And go along, take your business cards, get talking, asking and listening … whatever your field, the relationships will start to develop.

Enjoy networking!

Philippa