A few thoughts on why you should be connecting with like-minded creatives.
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.
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?
All photos of me are by the incredibly talented & kind Madeline Heising.