I'm at a Networking Event—Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event
San Francisco, CA (Vocus) November 10, 2010
On November 10, 2010, at the second coworking location for NextSpace, in downtown San Francisco, Bella Domain and NextSpace will co-host a Pay It Forward (PIF) Party networking event with featured facilitator Sandy Jones-Kaminski.
Sandy Jones-Kaminski is the author of, “I’m at a Networking Event—Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event,” and the founder of the Bella Domain’s Pay It Forward Party. After experiencing years of frustration with the outcomes of and behaviors at many of the networking events she’d been attending, Jones-Kaminski started hosting Pay It Forward (PIF) Party’s at the end of 2008 in Seattle, WA. There, she also promoted the events as a way to combat a local phenomenon known as, “The Seattle Freeze.” Earlier this year she hosted a few PIF Party’s in Denver and San Francisco. Now that the author once again resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, she approached NextSpace about relaunching the events at their downtown San Francisco location.
“With things still being pretty tough out there, we all need to find ways to help each other and share whatever social capital we have however we can. I’m excited to officially re-launch these Pay It Forward Parties in San Francisco where it’s a lot less frosty and collaboration permeates the culture. I’ve found that people here are mostly doers as opposed to talkers, so if you can get them in an environment like a PIF Party, just wait and see what happens,” said Jones-Kaminski.
The general theme of a PIF Party is that each guest comes to the networking event with the intention of helping others first. The hosts expect that each person will leave feeling good about what Jones-Kaminski refers to as the “community service” they've provided by offering or having helped others, as well as the help they themselves may have received. The help could be personal or professional and has included everything from new clients to new jobs and even some new Twitter followers and vendor partners.
As venue host for the event, NextSpace San Francisco’s co-founder, Rebecca Brian said, “We are thrilled that Bella Domain chose our San Francisco coworking location and we’re looking forward to welcoming the PIF partiers. Our values are aligned with Bella Domain’s in that we support all members of our community whenever and however we can, and we are happy to welcome some new like-minds into our collaborative space.”
Sponsors for the free event are Boisset Family Estates, maker of fine wines, NextSpace and Bella Domain. The event will take place at the NextSpace office at 28 Second St, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA and takes place from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
About Bella Domain
Founded in 2002, Bella Domain, designs and deploys strategy-based programs for content and social media marketing, partnerships, affiliates, publicity, PR and business development. As an online marketing communications firm, Bella Domain generates new opportunities by identifying a unique voice, producing “share-worthy” content for social media and online campaigns and by establishing best practices and key success factors. Bella Domain can help you create a plan, get your message out and grow your business. Learn more about Bella Domain at http://www.belladomain.com.
NextSpace is the workplace for the new economy. NextSpace provides innovative physical and virtual infrastructure that freelancers, entrepreneurs, and creative class professionals need to succeed in the 21st century knowledge economy. The magic happens when NextSpace's over 200 members collaborate. They share expertise. They refer business to each other. They combine talents to tackle larger projects. They even found companies together. It's called "The NextSpace Effect" and it's the single biggest value that NextSpace provides. To learn more about NextSpace, visit http://www.nextspacesf.com.