My Charity Meetup Experience – Guest Blog by Fiona Salter

Do you remember the Invisible Woman, the character from the classic series Fast Show? Whenever she piped up in a meeting she seemed to be unheard, but her ideas were appropriated by her (usually male) colleagues. I loved this, but it made me squirm because it felt like every meeting I’d ever been in. If you’re slightly introverted, or just scrupulously polite, where does this behaviour leave you in the modern workplace, and, most especially, […]

SMEX16 Small Charity Questions and Answer Session

Small charity discussion group

Recently I ran an open session for small charities at the annual Social Media Exchange event (SMEX16). The idea of the lunch bite session was to help small organisations who have few resources with their burning marketing and communication related problems. In this blog I am going to share some of the questions and some suggested tactics and possible solutions. Q1 – If you’re small (tiny) what’s the minimum manageable amount we should aim to […]

5 Reasons Why Charities Need To Meet Up

Now so much of our communication happens online, I think meeting up face to face is more important than ever. Once you make a connection with someone in the ‘real’ world you build a much deeper understanding of that person than merely tweeting them. I think we are all craving real discussion and need to try and be more social. I go to lots of events but I still find it nerve-racking striking up conversations […]

In The Right Setting Networking Is Fun And Brings New Opportunities– Guest Blog By Kellie Smith

I have to admit that the word ‘networking’ fills me with dread. Don’t get me wrong I love meeting new people and enjoy the chance to hear about other people’s experiences. But I’ve been to far too many events where once registering at the door, I’ve been pushed into a large space to join in the small talk – with no icebreakers, activities or speakers to encourage people to relax and chat. That’s why I […]

Networking for introverts: top tips – Guest Blog by Jennifer Campbell

Networking. What’s your reaction to that word? If you’re anything like me, it might be an eye roll and a mutter of ‘if I must’. It’s not my favourite thing in the world. There, I’ve admitted it. At the end of a hard day, as an introvert, I crave a little quiet and alone time, not a noisy, hot room full of strangers and small talk. Meeting new people is great. But so many people […]

Feel the fear and do it anyway – Guest Blog by Alice Sachrajda

I was travelling back from a long day delivering training in Sheffield recently when I remembered that I’d seen an eventbrite invite for a Charity Meetup networking event. I had a little conversation with myself (come on, we all do it) which went a bit like this: “Alice, you’ve just gone freelance – this is exactly the sort of event you should be going to…” And in reply: “But I’m tired and hungry and networking can be […]

5 Simple Ways To Make Networking Fun!

Our latest Charity Meetup hosted by Petit Miracle Hub (Wednesday 9th September) was themed around speaking with impact and unlocking creativity.   I wanted to share 5 top tips for taking advantage of these types of events with some enjoyable ways to network with the other attendees. This blog post is inspired by advice from our keynote speaker Simon Tyler, author of The Impact Code.   Tip # 1 – Listen twice Listen to the person you […]

Adventures at Barcampnfp 2015

I took part in my third Barcampnfp unconference this week. It always reminds me of the old saying “you get out what you put in” and I did my best to contribute meaningfully I suggested and ran two of the morning sessions. At this event the participants co-create the conference and topics are crowdsourced from the group. If you want to cover a topic you have to be the facilitator. I saw some of my […]

Storytelling is our past, present and future

Before we had the written word, we were storytelling.  We used stories as a tool to learn, to share, to laugh, to warn.  Apparently our brains even crave stories, the modern world is unrecognisable, but the power of storytelling endures. I have noticed that my favourite people are master storytellers.  Most importantly for me, those stories are inspired by real life experiences and are not works of fiction. Some really powerful stories that cut through […]

Creating your own content mind map

Shifting your mindset from traditional advertising and marketing to content marketing can feel overwhelming. I have found that creating a visual ‘brand’ mind map of different topics can really help businesses and charities in this challenge. This exercise can help in several ways: It’s a great way to stimulate new ideas. Help you with new topics to create content for your website / blog / social media. Discover who else is talking about similar topics […]