Every month, on the First Friday of the month I run a networking meeting at Vapiano in London, near Oxford Circus. Yesterday was our Christmas event and we were supported by Vapiano with some lovely nibbles.
One thing I have learned over the years is the importance of bringing people together, without an agenda, to let them eat, drink and network in a relaxed way. So what do people talk about? Here’s what one attendee said ”
|Great event, learned loads. Chatted about photographing food, ‘why do people still undervalue marketing!?’, customer centricity, Nigerian law, the UN’s programmes in Chad, and COBOL! Not bad for a lunch! See you next time!|
|Dominic Mason, Digital strategy expert|
I believe the key is that there is no pressure to present, or even to mention your business. As a result, selling doesn’t happen, but meaningful, valuable, and as Dominic has highlighted, varied conversations do. Good food, (Italian, pizza, pasta, risotto, salads) good beer and wine and between 30 and 50 people for a few hours between noon and late afternoon. Vapiano helps here because they use a system that records personal spending so that you can come and go as you choose, settling your bill as you leave. First Friday attendees are drawn from a wide range of professions and affiliations, some are xTEN Club members, our clients, my personal network. Others come one of our sponsors, Business Scene, and from membership of our First Friday Meetup group.
I’m proud of the great people who come to this event, they know that by meeting others and sharing knowledge, skill and experience freely everybody wins. Do come and join us at First Friday (or any of our other events). You’ll find links to all our events here