It’s 7am and I’m waiting for everyone to get here so I can have a bowl of Apple Jacks. Last night, I spent two hours with four other Linchpins.
The former event, labeled Cereal Bar, is Gangplank’s take on the typical morning networking event. Instead of showing up somewhere foreign, filling out a name tag, snacking on terribly-sugary pastries and listening to someone speak for an hour, they provide cereal, milk, juice and no agenda. It’s quirky and feels more productive than a mass meeting of stuffy people.
The Linchpin meetup was similar in its intimacy. We shared the floor, shared more than just our names and job roles and we all walked away with at least one challenge answered, which included Chase Granberry discovering a little more about what goes along with VC money and me finally figuring out what it is I’d like to do.
I’m not a fan of huge networking events. I’m not a fan of sitting down and listening to someone for 15 minutes or more. Networking events, to me, should be more of a workshop style with people from all industries so we can actually learn a little more about what it is we’re doing, would like to do and should be doing with our time and energy.
The larger events feel more like parties designed to see and be seen. That doesn’t cut it for me. Do you have preferred networking styles that actually help you?