Connecting with Liked-Minded Creatives & Why It’s So Important

A few thoughts on why you should be connecting with like-minded creatives.

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Networking used to frighten me. I’d have chills down to the bone thinking about attending a networking event, especially when it was on my own. I was so scared that I would say something wrong, or even worse – not know what to say at all! I’d get really clammy hands, which are less than ideal for events where everyone’s constantly shaking hands and introducing themselves.

But, now I live for connecting with new people. 8 am coffee date before the daily grind? You bet! In fact, I’m on my way to one now and it’s my favorite way to start the day. I leave feeling so refreshed, renewed, and totally ready to take on any creative challenges that come my way….or that I generally like to give myself.

Tips for connecting with like-minded creatives and why it's so darn important to do it | bygabriella.co
Tips for connecting with like-minded creatives and why it's so darn important to do it | bygabriella.co

Connecting with Like-Minded Creatives & Why It’s So Important

You can’t go it alone. Especially if you’re a freelancer, own your own business, or simply work from home. Days can get long and lonely, and creative inspiration may be lacking. While I do work full-time outside of my blog and freelancing, I still find it so absolutely necessary to connect with like-minded creatives as much as possible.

Take, for example, that morning coffee catch-up. I like to use that time to chat about the projects we’re currently working on that we’re most excited about; opportunities and exciting happenings within the creative community; and perhaps most importantly, opportunities for collaboration. I find that after even a quick 30-minute meet-up with like-minded creatives, we leave with a heightened sense of purpose and a creative task list that we feel entirely passionate about completing as quickly as possible. In fact, after a snowy day coffee date with photographer extraordinaire, Madeline Heising, we had a collaboration on the books and even managed to sneak in a quick snow globe photo shoot!

Now, if you prefer connecting on social media and avoiding those typically-awkward networking events, here are a few tips for networking on social media to get you started.

How do you like to connect with like-minded creatives? Is it the morning coffee catch-up that fuels you or something else?

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All photos of me are by the incredibly talented & kind Madeline Heising.

Author: gabriella

Gabriella is a blogger, Director of Social Media in Boston, and City Manager for the BOS Lady Project. You’ll typically find her with an iced chai in one hand and a book in the other.

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  • I agree, us creatives definitely need to connect and it’s so important for our businesses, as well as for our inspiration! Hearing other people’s input and ideas can do so much for us. I love connecting with people online or attending events to meet like minded bloggers!

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    • It’s the best! I love meeting new people so so much. It’s always so much fun to hear what others are passionate about – it’s like getting a quick glimpse into their lives. xo

  • I LOVE this post Gabi! Not only because I’m the 8 am coffee date you mentioned but because I so agree. Networking does not come naturally to me I still have one foot in clammy-hands territory. But when I do make the effort it almost always pays off and like you said leaves you feeling more inspired than ever. Thanks for sharing on this topic!

    • Aw thanks, Emily! It can be so nerve-wracking, but you’re right – it really does pay off. Already excited for our next George Howell date! 😉

  • Gabriella! I am THRILLED that you posted this!! I’m moving to Boston in just a few days, and I would absolutely love to connect with you and get the download on the Boston Blog scene. Let me know if you’d be down for a coffee date!

    xo Mackenzie | ToThe9sFashion.com