Foot in the Door presents: Networks

Networks is an event about how you can expand your network to help your creative career.

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Networks: they are the nervous system of the creative industries. Understanding how they work and how they can work for you is crucial to getting in and getting on in this sector.

This free seminar will take place on January 25th from 6.30 – 8.30pm at Birmingham Hippodrome.

It will comprise of a panel discussion with expert networkers sharing their insights and then a masterclass with Helga Henry, co-author of “Network Ability – Building your business one relationship at a time”. Helga is currently the Director of Organisational Development at Birmingham Hippodrome and has also been the lead consultant of Creative Shift, an agency that brought business skills to creatives and creativity to business, and a corporate lawyer. She is also a hugely respected trainer, speaker, facilitator and coach with a reputation created from her ability to network.

This is how Helga describes the session she’ll be running.

“It is based on the book I wrote with my colleague and international consultant Dr Andy Bass entitled “Network Ability – Building your business one relationship at a time”.

This practical handbook is written for people who need to increase their influence in order to help their careers and their businesses, and is based on experience assisting over two thousand professionals, executives, creative industry leaders, artists and business school students in six countries to make more sales, get more job offers or achieve promotions.

Network Ability breaks down the process of building and developing strong business relationships into achievable steps. It will change the way you think about networking, will give you effective skills and, if you need it, increase your confidence.

Learning to network well – so that business results flow reliably from it –  is a skill that takes most people considerable sustained effort. The material in this book (which I will introduce in our session) will make sure you understand networking properly so you will know why you are there, whether in fact you should be there, and specifically what to do before, during and, most importantly, after meeting someone, in order to develop relationships that bring results.”

Networks is the second in a series of Foot in the Door Open Door events. It is open to everyone but is particularly suitable for 16 – 24 year olds who are looking to build a career in the creative sector.

Foot in the Door is Creative Alliance’s programme of training designed to support home grown talent into creative, digital and marketing roles.

The programme is funded by Arts Connect and Arts Council England and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery Funds.

The event is free however spaces are limited. Register to secure your place.

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