Did you know – we hold regular networking events? They’re informal, fun and friendly – but they’re good for business too. Rather than shout about them myself, I recently asked Stephen Church of Copywriter Pro to describe his experience of the Mad Hatters Tea Parties.
For me, one of the joys of working as a solo professional is the opportunity to go networking. Many people recoil from the very idea. For them, the prospect of an early morning breakfast, meeting strangers and speaking in public is about as appealing as being suspended upside down in a vat of warm marmalade.
But let’s look at the benefits of networking
- Marketing that’s low cost for a high return
- The chance to meet people who will refer you, in turn, to their contacts
- Especially for solo professionals – an opportunity to get out of the office and meet people
Networking for everyone
‘But still’, you insist, ‘It’s just not my cup of tea. I’m socially shy, and the prospect just fills me with dread.’ Maybe – but one of the great plusses of networking, is that there is a networking event out there for you.
There are large events, highly structured events, events for specific sectors of industry or commerce, events for women, online Zoom events, even ‘netwalking’ events where you ‘connect’ while enjoying the outdoors.
But my favourite is one that’s not so much a networking event – more of a tea party. These are organised by Sarah Summers of Mad Hatters Accountancy, and they’re great! Held at The delightful Coachmaker’s Arm in Newport Pagnell, Sarah’s Tea Parties manage to generate just the right atmosphere – friendly and informal, yet pure gold for making connections and for business ‘education’.
You arrive to be greeted by Sarah and your fellow networkers. Instantly, you’re showered with cups of tea or coffee and an outrageous selection of cakes (who’s complaining?). There’s plenty of ‘open networking’ – relaxed chatting and finding out about each other. It’s not a question of mechanically ‘working the room’. Sarah’s events just seem to attract genuinely nice people. These are people whose prime intent isn’t to promote their own businesses. Their focus is more on finding out about, and helping, each other.
Good for the soul – great for business
For me, a highlight of Sarah’s Tea Parties is the presentation section. This is where one of the attendees educates the others about an aspect of their profession. I’ve never come away without having learned something of value.
If you’re in the Northampton, Bedford, MK region and are looking for a low-cost, informative and fun way to market your business, The Mad Hatters Tea Parties are really worth attending. They’re good for the soul and great for business. I’ve loved going. I’m sure you will too!
Find out more. Call Sarah on 01908 978500
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