As I mentioned in an earlier column, I´m not big on small talk at business or social gatherings, but have become a bit of an expert on the art of networking. Publishing a book, going on book tours and general business promotion means that I need to let prospects know that I have services to sell. Because I love to party, while promoting my business, I decided to share some local networking events that are becoming more than just an opportunity to talk business"?¦.
The first is an art exhibit presented by the Gensler Art Committee titled
“Traces: Manifesting the Internet 1999-2006” by Lisa Jevbratt Gensler -2 Harrison Street Ste 400
Thursday September 14, 2006
I am a bit partial to this event which is held quarterly and is a wonderful way to network with local business owners and art aficionados while touring one of premier architectural structures in the world. In case you´re not familiar, Gensler is one of the top architectural firms in the world boasting numerous offices around the globe including Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York and of course San Francisco. The reception usually features local artist and is often frequented by local celebrities like restaurateur Alice Waters-owner of Chez Panisse. Gensler´s exhibit´s have become "a happening" in the artistic and business community and is a unique way to learn about
art, sample excellent wine and cheese, and network with prominent business owners of the area. Be sure to get on their mailing list to ensure future invites.
Another great event, ironically scheduled the same week (the next day in fact) is hosted by Maria Larsson of Patrea´ who invites patrons and guests to experience SRI LANKA THROUGH FINE ART Featuring artist Kumara
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH 7PM — 11PM
1375 PARK AVENUE EMERYVILLE CA Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 510 734 4280
Maria who I met at one of my workshops and recently attended my networking meeting has taken her knowledge of the art world and created a network of creative business contacts around the globe. While Gensler´s exhibit is geared toward local business owners and artists, the Patrea´ event has a more international flavor. This promises to be one of many regular European influenced business events.
Something to Share Business Resource Group is about sharing information and resources to remain in business. Think of it this way. Everyone knows someone who needs a job, service, funding, etc. Everyone needs something (information, clients, funding, and office space) and everyone knows someone who might be able to provide that information, product or service. I want to give small business owners a pipeline into that information network. This is an inexpensive and cost effective way of reaching your targeted audience without the commitment or cost of a BNI or traditional networking group. Something to share also
celebrates its 1 year anniversary this month and will be hosting a celebration in the coming months. For more information contact me at 415-267-4872 or firstname.lastname@example.org or next meeting along with business development workshops will be 9/27 at 3pm
Whichever event you choose, be sure to bring lots of business cards. Whether you love art, great wine or a good party, chances are you´ll come away from one of these events with a new business contact.