In this episode, we talk about in-person networking for freelancers! In-person networking is one of the most powerful things you can do when you’re building an online, service-based business. Most of our clients are from our in-person network. Plus, working from home can be lonely – so it’s valuable to connect with like-minded people who you can bounce ideas with. We’re going to talk all about our experience and tips for in-person networking.
Listen to Episode 005, In-Person Networking for Freelancers
- You can learn from an online course, but you can make fast, personal connections at a conference.
- Great way to meet people in your industry!
- People who attend conferences are serious about their career.
- Not all conferences are created equal.
- A lot of conferences constantly push up-sells.
- Some conferences lock you in a room and are mentally straining.
- Research conference agenda to make sure there are opportunities to socialize and meet others!
- Craft + Commerce Conference
- A conference for online creators hosted by ConvertKit. It’s not just for bloggers and course creators, there are also service providers there!
- Krista spent about $1,000 – $1,300 to attend the conference. Flights were most expensive. Community makes it worth every penny!
- Engage in the Facebook Group before you go to the conference (pro-tip from Do You Even Blog?)
- Prepare a standout introduction! Bonus points if it helps you skip the generic introductions and skip to the actual conversation.
- If you are meeting someone you admire or respect, mention something really specific so you can create a genuine connection.
- It can be challenging to meet people at coworking spaces because people go to these spaces to work.
- Find a coworking space that hosts events and do your due diligence to make sure the social component exists.
- Give value to the community by hosting a workshop!
- Make yourself known as the “______” person
- #IntrovertTip: Have cues for people to start a conversation with you (unique office accessories, stickers, a tarot deck)
- Use Facebook Groups or Meetup.com to find events hosted around you!
- If there are none, host your own!
- Ask something more interesting than the typical generic questions.
- What’s something you are working on that you are really excited about?
- What is an interesting hobby you have?
- Reject generic questions.
- Follow up by inviting someone on a coffee date! (IRL or Zoom) Don’t be afraid to follow people on social & start the conversation.
Show Notes and References
- Craft + Commerce conference
- She Did it Her Way Summit
- How to Introduce Your Blog & Be Remarkable (at events) via Do You Even Blog?
- @CrookedCalligraphy Shinah, the corporate lawyer turned sweary calligrapher
- @VernonMaxxwell Vern, the guy who rejects generic questions
- @IsaAdney Isa, the woman behind @convertkit webinars!
- Meetup.com – Great for finding (or hosting!) local events