Mingling as a matter of fact is an art, a situation that takes you out of that busy zone, expose you to what others are doing, meeting face to face with friends and sharing ideas with colleagues in the industry, attending a new exhibition, events, launching of the latest software and so on. Creative people must mingle not just for mingling sake but for the sake of networking. We have carefully crafted out 5 ways creative person can master the art of mingling.
1. Give Good Face
Social media mastery is no substitute for good old face-to-face time with your industry peers. Wherever you live, there will be gallery openings, exhibition launches and creative events ripe for meeting fellow creatives. Find out about these events, get yourself down there and say hello.
2. Choose the right event
If the first event you attend is all name tags and awkward silences, don’t be put off and retreat back into the solo confines of your studios – you’re probably just at the wrong event. Make a good use of twitter and follow local creatives whose work you like and who seem to have a similar attitude to you. You’ll soon find yourself in the loop for events that you’ll feel at home at.
3. Don’t be formal, be friendly
While creative event will have a professional focus, remember that you’re not actually at work – and neither are the people you’re meeting. Save the pitches for the studio, and make the most of this time to get to know your contemporaries over an informal drink, rather than send them running with the hard sell
4. Mix it up
If you’re an illustrator, get to know web designers; if you’re a graphic designer, say hi to gallery owner – getting to know people from a mix of disciplines will broaden your creative circle and capacities, which is exactly what you want.
5. Set up your own event
If you can’t find an event that suits you, chances are that there are many like-minded local creatives feeling the same way. So set up your own event. Email friends and push the event via Twitter. It will not only help you meet people, but will work wonders in boosting your own profile.
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My name is Olabode Ojomo, the principal partner and founder of olabodeskills.com. I am your guy next door, your brother, a father/husband and an average sinner. Graduated from the school of hard knocks, flexing my skills on the street of creativity. Holla at me on facebook (Olabode Skill) and twitter (olabodeskills)