July 2, 2012
Currently Promoting, Managing & Selling events for global events company Montgomery Exhibitions. Also : Bellydance teacher, Cool hunter & Contributing Blogger / Copywriter for: LeCool Dublin, tweakyourbiz.com, Furniture News & Meetingsbooker.com.
EntAnon and B.U.I.L.D
EntAnon has two brands at the moment - "B.U.I.L.D." and "Entrepreneurs Anonymous - Last Tuesday"
B.U.I.L.D. stands for Businesses United for Innovation, Learning and Development. B.U.I.L.D. by EntAnon designs events to bring together entrepreneurs with industry leaders and subject matter experts in a format that encourages business networking and sharing best practices.
Entrepreneurs Anonymous - Last Tuesday is a monthly event where aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs can get inspired, connect and learn about building successful businesses in a relaxed setting.
More information: www.entanon.com
You are very welcome to join B.U.I.L.D and the Entrepreneurs Anonymous Society. Sign up if you are:
• Interested in becoming an entrepreneur and would like to meet more people in the same situation and talk with real entrepreneurs in a relaxed setting
•Already have your own business but enjoy meeting like-minded people, learn new things and exchange best practices
You can also become a member by registering here http://entanon.com ! Don't forget to RSVP to one of the events designed to help you succeed in your business.
B.U.I.L.D stands for Businesses United for Innovation, Learning and Development and is about organizing workshops, seminars, business clinics and networking events for all kinds of entrepreneurs.
Business networking is not only about finding leads and pitching your business - there are also opportunities in learning from the other members in the group. At B.U.I.L.D events surprising partnerships happen and knowledge you won't find in books or governmental web pages is shared.
Where did B.U.I.L.D come from?
The name Entrepreneurs Anonymous could stand for being addicted to Entrepreneurship and having an urgent need to get group support for it. But actually Entrepreneurs Anonymous is more about providing a safe place with like-minded people where entrepreneurship can be explored. Entrepreneurs Anonymous events started in Dublin, Ireland in 2011 as accountability group by former students of an entrepreneurship course. The interest for the group grew and now social events with guest speakers are organized every last Tuesday of the month. With a membership increase by 10% each month it was quickly realized last Tuesday-events were simply just not enough for the Anonymous Entrepreneurs.
B.U.I.L.D was set up to offer more opportunities for Entrepreneurs to learn from each other. So far B.U.I.L.D events like the Gigonomy Panel discussion, Speed Business Networking and the Free Business clinic have been organized. B.U.I.L.D also organizes former DDM meetups. These are events for people especially interested in Data Driven Marketing.
B.U.I.L.D and DDM
EntAnon's brand B.U.I.L.D is now partnering with DDM and will organize future DDM meetups and other events in Copenhagen, Berlin, Belgium, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Netherlands, Paris, Stockholm, soon Milano and other parts of Europe together.
The future DDM events by Data Driven Marketing Alliance will be promoted under the B.U.I.L.D brand. As a consequence the DDM representatives, meaning you, can set up online events like webinars and use the B.U.I.L.D. groups around Europe as your marketing channel.
However EntAnon will need to be informed of the events in advance. If another B.U.I.L.D or Entrepreneurs Anonymous event is set on the same date the organizers agree on the next best date for the DDM Alliance event to take place.
EntAnon will further support DDM by promoting its events to registered members.
If you have any ideas, suggestions and feedback on ways to create value rich events, don't hesitate to contact the organizers.
If you have an idea for an event that could be of value for entrepreneurs, contact us via the form on entanon.com and we would be happy to see if we can help you set it up and promote your event.
Here is a little bonus to help B.U.I.L.D:ing your business:
How to be successful at networking: a guide for shy entrepreneurs (from The Daily Muse):
Before you head into your next social event, spend a few minutes thinking about what you want to learn from others. Have a few questions ready to ask new people, such as “How did you get started in your career?” or “What are you passionate about?” If being put on the spot makes you nervous, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with writing questions down and practicing ahead of time. Also think about what you want to share about yourself—you can’t rely on another person to carry the conversation for you!
2. Find a Conference Buddy
You don’t always have to go at it alone—having a buddy can make large events much less intimidating. So bring a colleague or friend to your next networking event or conference. If you do have to fly solo, try to reach out and make just one connection. That way, you’ll have someone to sit with during lunch breaks and someone to wave hello to and introduce to others. And you’ll probably be surprised at how much fun you’ll have!
3. Be That Person
Remember that most people in the room at any given networking event feel the same way you do: scared to death. So, instead of dwelling on how scary it is to start a conversation, think about how by doing so you’ll be helping other people feel more comfortable. Maybe that girl alone at the table doesn’t know anyone either and is just hoping that someone will come talk to her. Be that person! (“Have you been to this before?” is always a great opening line.)
4. Be Present
Once you do start a conversation, it can be tough to relax if you’re continuously worried about what to say next and what the other person is thinking. So try shifting the focus to your new acquaintance, instead. Ask lots of questions and practice your listening skills!
You don’t always have to initiate—but if you’re hiding against the wall with your arms crossed over your chest, you’re not giving off a very approachable vibe, either. So try to relax, smile, and look as warm and casual as you can—it’ll open the door for someone to walk up to you and start the conversation.
6. Challenge Yourself
Take on a networking challenge—meet with four people you knew and four people you didn’t know every month. Through these connections, you'll get many referrals and build confidence and a clearer sense of direction in your business activities. Even if you don’t go this far, think about how you can challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone just a little bit. It might have unexpected—and great—results.