You Inspire Me was set up by Corrina Gordon-Barnes, who is warm and friendly. She laughed at my horror at the lack of meat. The women (and men) that I met at the networking lunch were from a range of backgrounds, from the woman who sources fair trade materials and makes (what I like to call) trousers to slouch in to Authenticity Coach, Laura Ahnemann.
Corrina settled us all in with lunch and then we had a brief talk by Lisa Lister about writing, blogging, getting work into magazines and the ever popular book that we are all in the middle of creating. She was funny and down to earth and if you look at her CV... she has put in the work. A short break (you know, bathroom, grab another drink or a plate of cheesecake... yes I went for cheesecake) and then it was time for speed networking. We were either birds or trees (I swapped to become a tree). The birds went from table to table, introducing themselves and talking about what they wanted from the meet up. The trees stayed seated but had the same brief. Talk, learn, gain, give. There was so much to learn if you were open for it, and I would imagine that going to a networking event meant that you were open to learn. Conflict resolution, yoga, sparkling conversation, accountancy, coaching for Mindful Mamas and a South London IBCLC all under one roof.
There was a lot of chatter and a fabulous buzz of energy in the room. It was an amazing afternoon. I was filled with excitement and enthusiasm. Not a bad start to my 2013 plan to attend workshops, courses and networking events. I'm so enthused that I have already booked on to the 18th April event, featuring Samantha Clarke of Zukuri UnLtd. She is one stylish individual and I loved meeting her.
Of course this post is full of links to some of the people that I met. Well.. it was a networking event. I will be going along with my sister Cheryl who bakes rhum cakes and my plan is to eat some of the yummy onion rings that I missed the first time round. Fret not, I will take mints or sip some mint tea to sweeten my breath for chatting. Now... any one have tips for smuggling in bacon?