Proactive, empowered and confident freelancing - a Museum Freelance event
£70 – £95
Proactive, empowered and confident freelancing - a Museum Freelance event

Proactive, empowered and confident freelancing - a Museum Freelance event

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London Canal Museum

12-13 New Wharf Road


N1 9RT

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A Museum Freelance Network training event

For freelancers, by freelancers

Join other museum freelancers for this insightful, valuable and practical day of training and networking, at London Canal Museum on Monday, 13 March 2017. The event is aimed at freelancers working across all disciplines in the museums and heritage sector who wish to access excellent yet affordable training that is tailored specifically to them. It will also be relevant to people considering embarking on a freelance career.

* NB Bookings closes 5pm on Monday, 6th March. *

Delegates will:

• Hear from speakers from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed and the Association of Independent Museums who will provide insights into the role of freelancers and their work in the sector.
• Get expert tips on networking with confidence not fear, in our morning workshop run by an experienced trainer.
• Get to know other museum freelancers and make connections.
• Learn from experienced museum freelancers in a series of bitesize talks, as they share what tools, tips and lessons they have learned which have helped make them proactive, empowered and confident.
• Spend time working on their businesses in our afternoon workshop, in a session which will help you get what you want from your freelancing business and help you to say ‘no’, run by a personal coach and business consultant.
• Feed into the development and expansion of the Museum Freelance Network.
• Have the chance to explore the venue, the London Canal Museum.
• Take away practical tips, tools and ideas and leave with new contacts and inspiration!

Early bird rate open: £70 until 17 December 2016, after which the rate is £95.


The programme

10.30-11.00: Arrival and refreshments

11.00-11.20: Welcome and ice-breaker

11.20-11.40: Self-employment in the UK

Lydia Wakefield, education and training manager, IPSE (The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed)

Lydia will give an overview of self-employment in the UK and talk about some of the work that IPSE undertakes (including lobbying, advocacy, research, campaigns and awards) and how museum freelancers can get involved and benefit.

Followed by Q&As.

11.40-12.10: Freelancing with museums

Helen Wilkinson, assistant director, The Association of Independent Museums

Helen runs the Hallmarks programme for AIM which has included one of the first leadership development opportunities for freelancers. She will reflect on the changing role of independent consultants and freelancers in the museum sector, drawing on her own experience of freelancing as well as AIM's work in this area. She will share insights from senior leaders about what they look for when choosing independent consultants to work with and will consider how confident and effective freelancers can have a positive impact on the museums they work with and the sector as a whole.

Followed by Q&As.

12.10-13.00: The skills to get the most out of networking

Joanna Gaudoin, managing director, Inside Out Image

‘Networking’ is a word that often strikes fear into people. However, when done well and strategically, it can provide years of benefits to your work. Joanna will talk about how best to approach it from an online and ‘real-life’ perspective, including the key skills that make the difference. This session will give you tips and confidence to get networking and reap the benefits. Being an experienced networker herself, with tangible results, Joanna will share her insights and stories too, to make this a fun and insightful session. Bring your questions along!

13.00-13.50: Lunch

Lunch is provided. Delegates will have the chance to look around the museum and can practise their networking using their newly-learned tips.

13.50-14.30: Lightning talks - What's in your kit bag?

Introduced and facilitated by Marge Ainsley, freelance marketing, audience development and research specialist

What makes a proactive, empowered and confident freelancer? Bitesize talks from museum freelancers sharing what tools, tips and lessons learned make them proactive, empowered and confident.

14.30-15.40: How to get what you want from your freelancing business

Anna Lundberg, personal coach and business consultant, One Step Outside

Anna is a certified professional coach who helps people get what they want from their careers and businesses, as well as running her own freelancing business as a marketing consultant and trainer. She will help you be very clear on what you want to get out of your freelancing career, how to identify your unique strengths and skills that will support you in achieving those goals and how to pinpoint any gaps and how to fill them. Anna will also demonstrate how to become more proactive about sticking to your priorities and learning to say “no”. Anna’s session will involve some exercises to work on individually and resources and tips of what you can do to further develop back in your office.

15.40-15.55: Freelancers and the MA

Tamsin Russell, professional development officer, Museums Association

Through a range of programmes and events the Museums Association hopes to equip individuals to realise their potential in and for the sector. Tamsin will outline the new MA Workforce Strategy, highlighting its commitment to a Total Workforce Approach and answer questions about how the MA plans to support freelancers over the course of the Strategy and beyond.

15.55-16.00: Close

Beyond 16.00: Optional networking drinks at a nearby venue (details tbc)


How can I get to the venue?

The London Canal Museum is a short walk from King's Cross station. Full details of how to get to the venue can be found on the museum's website:

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions about the event please email Christina Lister,

What's the refund policy?

A full refund can be provided on tickets purchased up until 4 weeks prior to the event (13 February 2017), minus a £5 admin fee. The Museum Freelance Network is run by volunteers and needs to be able to cover the costs of the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring either your printed ticket, or be prepared to show it on your phone at the registration desk.

Is the venue accessible?

The venue is fully accessible to wheelchair users. If you have any particular accessibility questions please contact Christina Lister -

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