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London can be a lonely place at times – especially if you are new to the city and you don’t know many people. But in order to benefit from what the city has to offer, live life to the full and take your career to the next level, it is important to build a strong social circle and maximise every opportunity that comes to you.
Let’s be honest here. It can take time to reap the benefits of living in such a large and fast moving city, but if you play your cards right, then your life will become an exciting and memorable adventure. After all, why go shopping in a boring home town when you can spend your weekend sipping fruity cocktails in Oxford Circus on a Saturday night? This article will point you in the right direction. If you do have any more questions then please feel free to Tweet us @MyEventBucket
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1: Join an Online Social Community
Meetup.com is free and you can join groups based on your age group, interest areas and size of group, etc. So for example, if you happen to be into tennis and you want to find a local tennis group then you could search by postcode or popularity of group and join it. Once you have done so, the moderator will email you every time a new Tennis event is scheduled. Some groups are very popular and can have up to 150+ people attending. It doesn’t matter what your interests are, you will definitely be able to find it on Meetup.com.
2: Go To Social And Business Networking Events
We also recommend going to social and business networking events. Why? Because there are different events for people with different interests and it is far easier to make friends in an environment where everybody else wants the same thing. If you like a drink and a dance, you could try a cocktail social event which are very popular. It is just like going to a nightclub but the difference is, everybody is there to make friends.
If you run your own business or want to gain new clients then attending regular business networking events is a powerful tool as you will meet a variety of people from different industries and you may be able to seek advice, find your next supplier or even generate a lead. To give you an example, I met a freelance web designer from Germany last week and I have already sent her my specifications for our website upgrade to compliment our 2014 plans. Because I have met her and built a rapport and checked out her work, I trust her completely and know that she will do a good job. This is far more powerful than gumtree!
3: Organise Your Own Events
Organising your own social events is a great way to make friends and have some fun. If your work colleagues are a bit stubborn, try ringing around your local restaurants and asking what deals they have on. You can then email your work colleagues and say ‘hey guys – what are you doing next Thursday? I can get us all a 2-course meal for £_____. What do you think?‘ They will appreciate your enthusiasm! And it will be a great way to bring your work team closer together…
If you do have any more questions then please feel free to Tweet us @MyEventBucket
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The arrival of social media has revolutionised the way companies now stay in touch with their customers and capture new ones. Whether you like it or not, most organisations now utilise social media – even Legal firms. There are numerous reasons why this is the case. It is cheap, free to use and it can add an extremely powerful punch to any marketing campaign. The possibilities for job searchers are endless and new ways to captivate people are always being thought up.
Let’s not forget that social media makes it easy for us to find relevant contacts quickly and it is an open source for the wider world of networking. LinkedIn is great for this. The music industry was the first industry to utilise the powers of social media through the arrival of Myspace. Although the Internet has inevitably caused a huge drop in record sales with the introduction of online piracy, it has helped to open up the concert and festival market and create a brand new culture for online music which you can tap in to with ease. It doesn’t matter whether you play in a band or whether you work for a record label – social media can kick-start your music career or company very quickly if you use it in the right way.
Start a website and then integrate your digital CV into the home page. Why? Well, Bernie Mitchell from Engaging-People suggests that people invest too much time on a particular social media platform or platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc). When MySpace closed down, people were devastated because they had spent years building a profile that suddenly become irrelevant. To ensure that you never have this problem, you should build your own ‘internet real estate’ as Bernie would put it. WordPress.com is great for this because it is cheap and allows you to integrate a blog into your site whilst linking it to your own domain name which can add professionalism and ‘classiness’ to the site. For example, http://www.davejonesmusic.co.uk. You can even utilise SEO to help your website flag up in more Google searches which can have a massive impact on your success.
WordPress also has a bunch of useful widgets including an event calendar, Soundcloud, and the ability to link your social media profiles as well as YouTube to your site to gain more followers and ‘likes’ along the way. Building a fully interactive online CV with a full media portfolio is the way forward as it allows you to be creative and attract much more public attention. LinkedIn also gives you a similar option and is great for connecting with potential recruiters or getting you through to the relevant person. No more gate keepers.
Blogging is a great way to attract attention to your website and ultimately your online CV. If you write content about the type of career you want or the people you want to target then you will make a name for yourself in front of those people. For example, if you are looking to get into music licensing, then you should write a series of different articles on this subject to attract people with similar interests. You can then feed your blog posts through all of your social media channels (we recommend Twitter, LinkedIn and Google + as well as StumbleUpon to gain more traffic). Providing that you use the relevant #hashtags and keep posting consistently, you will always attract new followers. Having a large social media following and a fully interactive CV with some well-thought out articles will really help you in front of potential employers.
If you do have any more questions or you’d like us to be more specific, then please don’t hesitate to Tweet us @MyEventBucket.
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Eventbrite are the largest online ticket service for independent organizers on the planet. Since their birth in 2006, they have moved all over the world from San Francisco right the way through to the UK. Their platform enables independent organizers such as MyEventBucket (us) to sell tickets online whilst using a variety of integrated social-media tools to enhance our online presence and sales. Eventbrite’s recent integration with WordPress has allowed organisers to have ‘featured events’ on their blogs which has never been done before.
As an avid user of Eventbrite, I felt very privileged when Bethan Thomas and Marino Fresch invited me down to get involved at their Panel at Social Media Week in London. Did I ask any questions? No. The answer was an obvious ‘yes.’ And what an experience it was! The morning began with a fantastic social-media masterclass from Katie MacPhee that covered some cool tips and tricks for selling tickets online ranging from ‘early bird tickets’ to ‘event reports’ right the way through to ‘tracking links.’
Next up was a quick peak of the Google keynote before rushing back up stairs to get involved in the Eventbrite panel with Bethan, Marino, Bernie Mitchell and myself. Each of us covered a range of subjects including:
* The most effective social media channels for selling events
* How different platforms perform differently depending on the type of event
* Attendee influence with online sharing
* Other ways to promote events including Google+ and blogging.
Some great questions came up from the audience and half a jug of water was guzzled in the process. Followed by many Tweets and Followers, it was great to have such an in-depth discussion about something we are all so passionate about… Social Media.
You can watch the videos here: http://new.livestream.com/smwlondon/events/2419483/videos/30873300
It was a real pleasure and a fantastic experience, so a massive thanks to Eventbrite!
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In the world of dating and relationships there is a great deal of ‘putting yourself out there’ involved and in order to do this… Well, firstly you need to be confident!
Now, this is a lot easier said than done because there are a lot of shy people out there (me included), so I thought I would write a little article about the importance of confidence not only in dating and relationships but how it can also be a wonderful thing for other areas of your life.
In dating there is such a huge emphasis on being confident and being able to make a good impression which is kind of ironic when the entire notion of dating itself (unless you’re a very confident person already) is very nerve-wracking. Let’s be honest. We live in a society where we are forced to believe that what’s on the inside is what counts most; however when placed in a ‘first date’ situation we end up judging what’s on the outside before we even get there. It’s just one of those things.
What can we do when we are presented with a situation that we have no prior connection to or any idea about? The key to overcoming this is to build on your personal confidence. This is easier said than done, but let me promise you that it works. My tried and tested tip is to ‘fake it.’ Not in the sense that you should act ‘fake’ or over-the-top, but fake your confidence levels in general!
I have used this trick on many occasions and it has always worked (remember I’m a shy person, so if I can do it, you can too). So let me explain. When you’re feeling nervous about something – especially in a situation where you have to ‘present’ yourself and leave a good impression, you must always remember that these nerves are in your head. But if you ‘act’ confident, guess what? You begin to feel confident. Your date will not notice. The only time they will know that you are nervous is if you say ‘I’m nervous.’ Therefore pretending to be confident can often disguise this.
Acting confident can push your true confidence to gradually come out. But how do we act confident? Simple things like a big smile, good posture and making a little joke here and there can help to give off an illusion of confidence. As time goes by, the nerves will fade and you’ll be distracted from your nerves anyway because you’ll be more focused on the person you are on a date with instead of yourself.
However, if you have problems doing these things, my advice would be to focus more of your energy on the person you are with for a while until you feel more relaxed. For example, ask them more questions. Pay more interest and ask them to elaborate on things as it shows that you are a good listener which gives you a little extra time to think about what you want to say as you become more comfortable.
You should also rejoice on the fact that even the most confident of people slip up in these situations and you just have to remember that we are all human. If I have learned anything from these awkward situations it is this:
Laugh at yourself.
Why? Because they are probably a nervous too, so in a way if you do something to embarrass yourself, more often than not it breaks the ice a little bit. Dating should be something fun and enjoyable and if you’re able to have a laugh between you it will take the edge off a little.
What about confidence in relationships?
People may not think this is an issue, but it varies greatly depending on the context. In relationships, nine-times-out-of-ten confidence and trust go hand in hand. Plus, it’s not solely concentrated on personal confidence but also on having confidence in your partner and the confidence in your overall relationship which can take a while to achieve but once it is established, it becomes something that should be nurtured and appreciated above all else.
You should always have confidence in your partner because if you don’t then why on earth are you in a relationship with them? If you have doubts then you should discuss it with them however you should be prepared that trust can take a while to rebuild…
Another thing to consider is that in some relationships (not all), individuals can tend to lose their identities and a sense of who they are. Just because you are with someone this does not mean that you should neglect yourself. You should make an effort to feel confident and proud as an individual, not just as a couple. Your partner is lucky to have you and you should own that with pride.
When you have self-confidence this really helps to build trust and reduce feelings of insecurity or jealousy which are some of the most common problems. Although, it is important to note that you should be confident, not cocky as there is a very fine line. Do not confuse confidence for compliance in life; especially within a relationship. Know what you have and appreciate it but don’t think that you are god’s gift and try to abuse that.
Of course there are people who are naturally confident (lucky them, huh?), but more often than not that confidence stemmed from somewhere. Now you’re the one putting on the show so it’s all about creating illusions, presenting the best part of yourself and being confident enough to laugh at yourself because nobody can be perfect – but this is what creates true confidence; an acceptance of self including your faults.
Still single? Want to improve your confidence in dating?
MyEventBucket are hosting the most elegant Tango dating event of 2013!
Location: The Law Society,
113 Chancery Ln, London WC2A 1PL
Tuesday 1st October 2013
Dress Code: Elegant
* £13.50 per person (includes a Tango class and a complementary drink of your choice).
This is ideal for singles, London professionals and for people who enjoy social networking with a twist. No dance experience is required. Places are limited so reserve your ticket here:
Do not miss out on this totally unique and amazing experience.
We can’t wait to tango with you!
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