San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
21st September | 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm – Join our Learn to Network event and stay on for the follow on charity meet-up event for free!
Our Learn to Network events provide a great opportunity to discover a few proven techniques and to practise the art of networking in a relaxed and informal environment. We run these events regularly, just prior to our regular meet-up events, where delegates are invited to stay on and enjoy the rest of the evening.
This one hour workshop will take away the fear and awkwardness of networking, and we’ll teach you the skills to walk into a crowded room – even where you don’t know a single person – and start adding to that useful, friendly network of your own.
The benefit is two-fold. Not only do we role play and practise fun exercises designed to increase your confidence and communication skills, but we also introduce you to a brand new group, creating a community of support around you, providing information on vacancies, opportunities and new developments. How you use that network is up to you, but an hour spent with us is possibly the best investment you are ever likely to make!
An effective network is a mix of both formal and informal networks which you can actually join, where you actually meet up with one another, and have proper conversations. We may live in a virtual world, but people still prefer to pass on information face-to-face…and with the I Am Group you’re already well on your way to networking for personal and professional success!
Unique things happen at our networking evenings. Guests have discovered new collaborators and partners for projects, mentors, jobs and volunteering opportunities, and many other meaningful connections and friends have been made along the way.
Our informal gatherings generally follow this format:
5.00pm learn to network workshop
6.00pm monthly charity meet-up session begins
6.30pm guest talk
7.15pm evening continues and the wine flows!
Includes drinks and nibbles!
I’ve been to several networking sessions by different providers for the not for profit/charity community and the I Am sessions certainly rank the highest. The I Am team provide a fresh, relaxed and informal approach to networking. I’ve met people there who have never worked for a charity but would like to venture into the sector; they often come across as totally at ease with the format of networking (the wine certainly helps). I’ve been to several and will go to many many more. Leon Ward, Trustee, Plan UK
I have been to several I Am networking events and they were all excellent. I was struck by what a wide variety of people attended, and how interesting the conversations I had were. The attendees ranged from students planning careers in the charity sector to directors well established in their field. I will definitely be attending more events in the future! See you there….. Lisa Harrison, Deputy CEO, SITRA
Great networking opportunity with like minded people. The I Am concept is unique! Paul Coleman, HR Manager, Universities UK
Fantastic networking and learning events. Every time I go to one I see amazing things happen by people making the most exciting connections. John Lees, Presenter at JLA Career Coaching Masterclass and Leading Careers Author
Thanks I Am for an awesome night! Great to meet you all! Tom Lyle Severn, Freelance Producer/Filmmaker/Researcher
This was a really inspiring, participatory event! Thank you to Julian, Deborah and the team for organising it. The room was buzzing with positive energy! Wiebke Morgan, Corporate Services Manager at The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Really enjoyed my first event last night and have already put the next date in my diary! Nice, relaxed vibe. Keep up the great work! Cheryl King, Coach/Mentor
It was one of the most useful and enjoyable evenings I’ve had; networking without the ‘cringe factor’. Lucy Conlan, Fundraising Consultant
Went to my first I Am networking event last week, met some amazing people, the key speaker was brilliant, all told I’m very pleased with my first contact! Hope it’s the first of many…., Vikki Kamm, Social Media Coach
As you can tell, we run pretty relaxed events, at the I Am Group: it’s important to us that no one feels excluded, and everyone feels looked after. In order to maintain this, we have a few ‘house rules‘ which we ask people to bear in mind:
- Abundance mentality: Try to think how you can be of use to the person to whom you’re talking. Our events attract a huge number of talented people from diverse backgrounds, and if we all share what we know, we can really make a difference.
- Relaxation mentality: If you’re a consultant looking for business opportunities, please respect the fact that most people attending our events are there to relax, to meet new people and unwind. If you want to pitch for business, talk to us about event sponsorship – and we can make it official! No foisting of business cards on people who are there for a night off!
- Inclusion mentality: If you see somebody standing on their own, try to include them in your conversation – after all, you’d want the same to happen to you!
- Respect mentality: Finally – and perhaps most importantly, we want everybody to be treated with respect…
Find out more about our other networking and learning events here.
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