Network Like it’s 1999: Why Writers Need to Pound the Pavement

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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Here’s a great article about networking, the type that’s in-person and not just online. I’m a writer and I know how comfortable and safe the written word can be, especially when it’s compared to talking with a real, live person.

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone. Arlington Entrepreneurs hosts multiple networking events per month and it’ll be worth your while to start coming to them regularly. You’ll come away with some new leads. Even better, you can establish yourself as a written-word expert, something most other folks find very intimidating.

Here’s an article from the Freelancers Union that offers some great tips for getting used to a room full of people. Jump on it – the water’s fine!

Network Like it’s 1999
by Kris Connor

“I have been an independent writer and communications consultant for almost two decades. I’ve been fortunate to have a steady stream of work during that time, mostly due to the fact that I work in different niches. This diversity has often saved me from major dry spells. When one side of the business drops off, the other tends to pick up. Usually there is a good combination of different kinds of work.

But to borrow a line from Prince, due to a dry spell I’m networking like it’s 1999. I’m not just reaching out to contacts I know well, but to many others I know only loosely, or not at all — because they work for organizations that interest me. Admittedly, it feels a little like starting over. It’s humbling, sometimes frustrating, but also rewarding and rejuvenating. It’s probably not unlike dating after a divorce.”

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Mixing it Up This Month

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Network and Learn at Caffe Nero

We have two new programs at Arlington Entrepreneurs and they’re going to be taking place on the same date and time. On Thursday, January 31 we’ll be launching a new networking event, this time at night at Caffe Nero in Arlington Center. Most respondents to last month’s Wants and Needs Survey asked for more night time networking opportunities and we’re happy to oblige. Here’s more information about that.

Survey respondents asked for more training and education opportunities as well. We’re therefore launching a new series of individual consultations, which will be taking place at the same time we’ll be hosting our networking event at Caffe Nero. Nero is a big place and there are plenty of opportunities to move to a quiet corner to work one-on-one. This January we’re launching this new initiative with a Website Checkup, hosted by the Strategic Adrenaline team of Mike Grossman and Lauren Stakutis. Mike’s a search engine optimization (SEO) guru and web developer. He’ll evaluate your website from the standpoint of search engine optimization. Lauren is a marketing and communications pro, who will be evaluating your site’s content to make sure you’re getting your message across clearly and effectively.

This is a new series and, for now, we’re limiting the Website Checkup to 7 people. Each consultation will run from 10 – 15 minutes. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

RSVP for Nero at Night (no Website Checkup, just straight networking)
RSVP for Learn Something New at Nero (price includes free admission to networking)

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