A lot of event managers tend to look inwards rather than outwards and don’t see the value in networking externally. Networking is imperative to not only raise your profile but for lots of different reasons. You can use it to source new suppliers, learn about new trends and just make valuable connections.
Our #eventprofslive networking group has gone from strength to strength this year demonstrating just how valuable networking can be. We use our group as a way to not only see new spaces but to bounce ideas of each other, share best practice and talk about event “trends”.
I came across this great YouTube clip from Events Uncovered where Silvia Pellegrini(Events Uncovered) talks to Elena Clowes (Operations Manager for the UK chapter of ISES) about what she believes is missing from event management degrees. Elena talks about networking!
To be great at networking is a skill but the fab thing is anyone can learn how to be great at it. I wrote about it a year or so ago, here are my top tips!
I certainly wasn’t the first Event Manager to see the merits of using Periscope to showcase Events and I don’t think that I’ll be the last BUT at the moment, there really aren’t many of us doing it and I don’t understand why!
Periscope is taking social media by storm, it is Twitters’ latest venture and put simply, it is a video streaming platform. It lets people “follow” you, recieve a notification when you are broadcasting and lets them watch a live stream of what you are doing wherever you are across the globe. In the event world you could be watching a live stream of the Mardi Gras in Sydney and the next day joining a broadcast of an awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
Kate and I of #eventprofslive use Periscope for our venue show rounds and networking events and have had a great response so far. I don’t think people would forgo attending an event to sit at home and watch it via Periscope but it is great for those people wanting to come along but are unable.
Your broadcast videos sit on users home pages for 24 hours after the event. I follow a lot of motivational speakers and tend to watch their broadcasts on the train to work. I can’t see the limitations at the moment. I think its great and will be broadcasting tomorrow evening from our event at The Dorchester. You can follow me here and check it out for yourself.
Michelle Rees is a Events Advisor for a London Law Firm
Kate is a Events Manager for a London Law Firm