I Hate Networking! Kiama Arts Biz Workshop

I HATE NETWORKING is a surprisingly fun event designed to encourage creative people to get to know each other, while also acknowledging the horror that is networking, and sharing a few tips at the same time.

Networking is a vital skill if you work in the creative industries, but many practitioners also consider it to be the stuff of nightmares. Sweaty palmed suits in suits all trying to out-do each other in the bragging department? NO THANK YOU!

I HATE NETWORKING is an event that combines the educational elements of learning how to network with an opportunity to practice the skills in a safe and friendly environment, all the while embracing the discomfort of the whole process and having a laugh.

Tips that will be shared include:
• Mastering the art of the introduction
• Overcoming shyness, awkwardness and the urge to run away
• Dealing with wankers and other difficult people
• Getting the follow-up right
• Choosing the best networking events
• Running your own show

You’ll learn how to network, and then practice your new skills while enjoying some tasty canapés and a drink.

Who should attend?
Come along if you’re a creative practitioner, and/or in an arts businesses of any size. You could be a freelancer, a soloist or from a larger organisations looking to expand your networks. You should also attend if you hate networking, but you know it’s a skill you need to learn.

What do I get? All participants of this workshop also receive:

  • Printed materials to help in class;
  • Lifetime access to a dedicated I Hate Networking dropbox folder full of additional resources and help;
  • The chance to meet other local people just like you.

The workshop is relaxed and informal, you can ask all the questions you’ve never been able to ask before, and participants will also be given ample opportunity to meet other creatives just like you!

You also get free advice! All NSW participants are entitled to 4 x 1 hour CHAT sessions, with a creative industries business advisor, 100% subsidised by Business Connect and therefore at no cost to you (no, there’s no catch!).

Who should enrol? This workshop is ideal for anyone working in the arts, from recent graduates to freelancers and more. If you find it hard to say NO, this workshop is for you! It’s also relevant no matter what your profession – filmmakers, writers, designers, visual artists, musicians, composers, dancers, performers – everyone can benefit from some help with their communication and negotiation.

Who is Presenting?

Business advisor and creative industries expert Monica Davidson from the Creative Plus Business Group. Monica is a writer and filmmaker by trade who learned how to run a successful creative business and now shares that knowledge with others. In her workshops Monica discusses her own experiences, and shares examples from the 900-plus people she has mentored through the process of starting and building their creative businesses.

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business. Creative Plus Business provides confidential, independent business advice and skills training for small and medium creative businesses across NSW as part of the NSW Government’s Business Connect program.

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