This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Canadian Design Bloggers event. The evening was put on by Vie of Verdigris Vie and Daniella of Dress, Design, Decor. The beautiful venue of Brassaii on King St. in Toronto was packed full of some of Canada’s most stylish blog writers, or as guest speaker Tommy Smythe called us “Blogging Bitches!” This was 100% my favourite quote of the night.
Amazing sponsors made the night even more exciting IKEA gave a $1,000 gift card, Delta gave what seemed like an endless amount of faucets, and CIL who brought an i-pad 2. These along with House & Home, Crate & Barrel, Sytle at Home, Kravet, and Rowenta meant some very lucky ladies went home with some amazing prizes and we all received fantastic swag bags!Leah from Forever Moments you can check out the rest of her amazing shots of the evening at the Canadian Design Bloggers site)
It was so nice to spend the evening with others who have the same passion for design and decor that I do, and those that are using social media to share their love. I came out of the evening with many new friends and so many new ideas.
Events like this are so important because I believe creativity inspires creativity. Many people may think that the reason you would go to a networking event is to meet potential clients and drive new business, but in this case that was not the purpose. The purpose instead is to meet other like-minded people who you can feel connected to and bounce ideas off of now that we are back to the grind. So many of us work as lone soldiers, plugging away at design concepts, dealing with trades and handling client uncertainties, we never get to feel like we are part of a team. Vie and Daniella did an incredible job of providing us the reason to get together and share, thank you so much ladies for all of your hard work!
The New Style Networking
For anyone who is afraid to attend a networking event probably in envisioning the old style of networking where everyone shows up business card stacks in hand and uncomfortably works the room handing out cards and making awkward small talk. You can rest assured that if they you are part of the world of social media the networking events you do will be very different, you will be welcomed in with open arms…literally!
On this occasion there were many friends I know via social media that I had never met in real life (IRL for those who are new to the social media world is a common way to refer to this) before. The moment I got close enough to read their badges and we realized we were friends on Twitter or Facebook, or had read each other’s blogs a big hug was in order just as two old friends would embrace each other after time apart. You see, this is the beauty of social media. Connecting like-minded people who can engage with each other daily and build relationships not just networks, but actual relationships, imagine that!
Think of Twitter as a 24/7 cocktail party and Facebook as the more intimate invite only after-party, all you need to do is show up and chat, cocktails at optional of course! (I think I might get a few sideways glances if while I was tweeting and pushing my kids for the bizilionth time on the park swing that I also had a martini in hand, plus then how would I type?)
I chatted with a number of ladies who are avid bloggers but not such avid social media mavens and I found myself over and over explaining why they should be involved in more of what social media tools can offer. Not only because this is what I do, but because I truly believe it.
So everyone, not involved in social media yet, jump on board, I’ll help you along the ride. Off to write some intro articles for those who aren’t to sure how to get started. I am here anytime you have a question..happy to help!