First, let me say that I am not affiliated with
LinkedIn Local Melbourne, my only interaction so far has been to attend
a LinkedIn Local Melbourne event last night. Why do I feel the need to say this? Well I’m involved in a number of meetup
events and other networking activities, but also, and possibly more importantly, this post is likely to be full of
praise and may seem like some sort of advertising (it isn’t).
The evening was held at WeWork (thanks for the hospitaility)! It started
with networking, pizza and drinks. During this phase of the event I got to talk to people from a wide range of
industries, most of them from outside my normal industry reach. It was amazing to see the similarities between
industries, but also the differences; who knew the social services industry operates in a very agile manner, but gives
it a different name?
We then sat down for a presentation by
Megan Edwards that focussed on some
LinkedIn profile optimisation (bordering on personal branding). I got some
great tips from this, and also validation of a lot of what I am already doing.
At the end of the presentation we enabled the “Find Nearby” function on LinkedIn so we could easily find each other; and
then got to give a short introduction to the rest of the attendees. I said something along the lines of “I’m an
old-school, opinionated computer geek who’s wanting to move from development into a leadership role”; I didn’t use
anywhere near my permitted 20 seconds, but it seemed to get a positive reception.
Immediately prior to the presentation I sat next to Sharon Li and we’d
started talking. During her introduction she mentioned a desire to start a podcast, so before even returning to her seat
I’d sent a message saying we need to talk. This could be the start of me branching into podcasting, or maybe I’ll just
play a small part in Sharon’s journey down this path.
Following the presentation and introductions was some dancing thing. This is so far out of my comfort zone I don’t even
have the desire to challenge it; I scampered to the kitchen for a “drink refill” where I discovered a few others who
were disinclined to dance. For anyone attending these events in future, the dancing is not compulsory, feel free to join
the introverts, uncoordinated and camera shy in avoiding it; no one will look down on you for this.
Once the dancing had ceased it was back to networking for a bit. I got to finally meet
Mayet Ojeda who I’ve been interacting with on LinkedIn for quite a while. I
also got to meet Emily Edgeley who helps geeks to develop presentation
skills (seriously thinking I may seek out her services once I’ve finished my personal branding course).
As the formalities wrapped up a number of us continued to Rice Paper Scissors on Hardware Lane. The conversation was
amazing and free flowing, and I made a couple of new connections (Mariam Riza
and String Nguyen) who left me wanting to get to know them better and to see
if there are opportunities for us to work together or help each other grow in the future.
Despite not getting home until well after bed time, and needing a second morning coffee to help me get started today, I
highly recommend LinkedIn Local Melbourne to anyone who wants to grow themselves and extend their network.
This article was originally written as a series of 4 posts on LinkedIn.
The first post in the series can be found on
my LinkedIn profile.