I attended the ‘Networking with a Twist’ hosted by Your Time Matters on Tuesday 29th of May.
The event was held at the Deck in Brighton and ran from 5.30pm-8.30pm. Your Time Matters is a networking group ran by Kerryn Powell and her husband Leigh Powell for the past 8 years.
Your Time Matters hosts monthly events. They seek to build a trusted network emphasising on creating strong relationships and connections.
The guest speaker was Stephen Read, a landscape designer who spoke about the importance of collaboration and who we should seek to collaborate with. His motto is ‘Stop Collaborate and Listen’ and he had recently collaborated with a few attendees in the room designing their new gardens!
We were given a complimentary drink on arrival and there were shared cheese platters on each table. The attendees sat around on tables and answered questions given to us on our Your Time Matters ‘conversation cards’. These questions were either personal or professional related and designed to have the group talking. Through this we were able to find solutions, share knowledge and see connections.
The idea of asking questions was an interesting aspect to the night which was different to simply networking. This was a great discussion tool and you learnt more about all attendees. The event wasn’t primarily about networking, it was more focused on building relationships with all attendees.
As this is a monthly ran event, the majority of attendees knew each other quite well and had been coming for a while to Your Time Matters events!
The type of attendees were IT and web developers, inter designers and other small business owners.
I found the event worthwhile to attend it was enjoyable and I left with new ideas and connections.
Things to Note:
Location: The Deck, 212 Bay Street, Brighton
Highlight: The conversation cards
Hot Tip: Come with an open mind
Networking Opportunity: 2/5