The TriFilm Society Spring Social will be on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, at Oak & Dagger, in Raleigh, N.C., from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Guess what? It’s free to attend, too! There’s no cover charge so you can attend, meet people, and ask questions about membership. We would love to meet you, hear about the challenges you’re facing, and how we can help.
Without further ado, here are five ways to make the most of the Spring Social.
1. Plan your visit.
We organize events in various locations throughout the Triangle. This helps everyone step outside their own neighborhood, explore the Triangle, and make the most of what the area has to offer. It may also mean you’re unfamiliar with a new area. If you haven’t visited Raleigh, N.C., in a while or if this is your first time on this side of the Triangle take a moment to plan your visit.
We’re meeting at Oak & Dagger in Raleigh, N.C., starting at 6:00 PM.
The next quarterly social is on Tuesday, March 27th! It’ll be at Oak & Dagger in Raleigh, N.C., from 6:00-9:00 PM. It’s also free to attend this month! (Registration still required; details on the blog. Link in bio.) We’re opening membership registration and want you to have a chance to ask any questions about it. . Food, drinks, and door prizes will *not* be available at this social since there’s no cover charge. Attendees will make their own purchases at the bar this month. . Got questions about the social or membership? Let us know! We’re always rooting for you.
Here are things to think about:
- Calculate drive times so that you account for traffic and make getting there easy.
- Look up details on parking so you don’t get frustrated. Parking is available in a few places in Seaboard Station.
- Visit the Seaboard Station website for additional information.
The luxury of arriving on time and in the right frame of mind is something you’ll thank yourself for later on. Plan your visit now so that the day of the social is a breeze.
2. Stay the whole time.
Our quarterly socials are floating events, meaning you can come and go as you please.
The social on Tuesday, March 27th, is from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. You may arrive and leave at any time. We typically do announcements in the middle of the evening, so make sure you’re around for that.
Of course, we encourage you to arrive on time and stay until the end if you can. Socials only happen once per quarter (or four times each year), so we want you to make the most of it. Especially since the Spring Social is free to attend this time, we’d love to see you there for the whole evening.
Give yourself the luxury of lingering in interesting conversations. Those handshakes often lead to long-lasting, trusted relationships that help create award-winning work. How do we know? We’ve seen it time and time again.
3. Practice active listening.
Networking events are an excellent opportunity to practice active listening.
When you meet someone, concentrate on the conversation. Let everything else fade away. Be present in the moment and really hear what the person is saying to you.
Pick up clues about what that person needs, and find ways you can help them. It’s a gift to give someone your undivided attention for a while, especially at a networking event.
Give more than you take.
4. Fine tune your pitch.
Socials are an ideal time to practice answers to questions commonly asked at networking events. Prepare your answers in advance and you’ll feel more confident when you say them out loud.
Write down answers to some of these questions, then test them at the social:
- What do you do?
- What interests you most about film and video?
- What projects are you working on right now?
- Are you looking for work? What kind?
- What’s next for you?
Although the questions seem simple, they can add a lot of pressure if you’re unprepared. They may lead you down a dark road of self-doubt and uncertainty, where you question everything that led to this moment. Avoid the panic by thinking about what’s important to you, and how you can respond to some of the common networking questions with confidence. It’ll feel great.
5. Bring business cards.
It’s not a requirement, however, business cards still reign at networking events like the Spring Social. They’re easy to carry, helpful when you want to stay in touch with someone, and give you an edge in looking like a professional.