Liz Weston on the Design Essentials Speed Networking evening…

Hello everyone.

This is a quick post as I’m 20 minutes away from my first client catch up of the evening and need to kiss our tiddlers good night before then as well!

Tomorrow night will be the first Design Essentials Speed Networking evening. We’ve been asked quite a few questions, so here’s the Q & A for everyone.

How does it work?
I have been asked by Wendy Howell, Founder of Design Essentials to come and co host a speed networking evening. I’ll come with my whistle and if I can find one, a gong.
  • Everyone will pair up with someone they don’t know, or want to get to know better.
  • I then blow the whistle and you tell them all about yourself for one minute.
  • I blow the whistle again and you stop talking, whilst the other person talks.
  • I blow the whistle again and shout “find someone new” (or something witty if I can think of it) and you find a different person to talk to.
  • It sounds terrifying I know, but it is so much fun and you find out all sorts of things that you wouldn’t do normally in a networking situation. By the end of it, people are laughing at themselves and each other, so please come with an open mind and be prepared for laughter. And the point of it is, that there’s very little time for change over, so make sure you’ve got a drink in hand to be able to keep going. We don’t take ourselves seriously and it’s not a “pitch” in any sense of the word. It’s making relationships and laughing at ourselves whilst getting to know other people.
How many people are coming? 
30 people – so bring at least 30 business cards.
What time do I need to be there? 
8pm – and we mean 8pm please, as we need to get started so everyone has a chance to meet each other. We’ll be done by 10pm at latest as we all have busy lives and people at home keeping the “fires burning”…
Where is it?
Goddards Interiors, Salomen House, CB10 1EH. Wendy tells me that the best thing to do is to park in the Waitrose car park and to park at ground level, not underground. Goddards is accessible from the car park. (Can you tell I’ve not been there before?)
What do I need to bring? 
Yourself, and your business cards, pen and note paper
And answers to the following questions:
What’s your name?
What do do?
What’s your twitter name and facebook url?
What’s the best thing that has happened in your day?
Who is your favourite business person and why?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
What’s your favourite piece from the Design Essentials collection?
Have you done speed networking before?
[You don't *have* to know the answers to these things, but it's good to have different things to talk to people about...] 
What if I get lost? What if I have a question I want to ask beforehand?
Call me, on 07515 910231 and we’ll help you find us / work out the answer with you…

What does it cost?
It’s free, but I think Wendy may have a charity in mind that she would appreciate £5 donations to, so don’t be surprised if she asks for them. You don’t have to donate at all, but if you’d like to you, I’m sure she’d appreciate it….

Liz Weston on … being yourself

You can’t please everyone all of the time – it’s a really popular saying, isn’t it?

But I also think that you can’t please everyone at any one time and that we shouldn’t try to. This blog post for example, won’t be for everyone. And that’s ok. Because I’m developing enough of a niche to be confident that there’s a group of people out there who will relate to, be challenged by or agree with what I’m writing and want to hear more of it. They will be entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs, marketeers, business owners, investors, family and friends, competitors – all sorts of people. And that’s good, because it takes all sorts of people to make the world go around.

I caused offence today online by saying that if you’re going to go to a networking meeting, you should go for it when you do. Don’t stand in a corner, or at the sides, waiting for people to come to you – put your head up, project confidence and smile at people. We all want to hang out with people who make us feel good – we don’t go to a networking event to have to work hard at conversation. Lord knows, we’ve all got extended family members who can do that for us in an instant!! ;)

If you’ve got enough brains and get up and go to set up a business, or become a franchisee or partner in business, then you are truly letting yourself down if you don’t get out there and tell people about it. Do yourself and your business the justice it deserves – make relationships with people who can get out there and tell others it in your absence – give power of word the best chance possible! You never know, by telling someone about your day, and the interesting things you’ve done, you could end up hosting your own radio show on a commercial radio station, buying a business, getting a national contract that becomes your biggest client or meeting someone who looks like they could become a business partner for a future project that you’ve not told anyone about yet!

And yes, all of these things have happened to me within the last 12 months, from “having a chat” with people whilst out and about. What has happened for you, when you’ve been yourself?


Liz Weston on… a world of opportunity

Oh, the irony – I couldn’t spell the word opportunity correctly in the title! That’s made me laugh. Here’s my first post on my new url – – the place to find all the things I’m doing with my team, my thoughts on business, entrepreneurship and of course the eternal question – “can anyone have it all”??? ;)