And, on a lighter note, how do you sort through all the stuff – physical artifacts, as well as ideas and discussions – that you come away with after an event like this? Do you have a process to process it all?
On April 30, I partcipated in LaidOffCamp Phoenix as a volunteer, speaker and sponsor (providing volunteer buttons). The free, one-day event provides people looking for work (full-time employment or freelance) with information and resources to help them find it.
The event had a LOCPHX record of 330 attendees at the Chandler Community Center. The day’s workshops were divided into 5 tracks: finding a job, starting your own business, community building/networking, surviving layoff, and tools. Attendees were encouraged to stay connected after the event via LinkedIn and Twitter.
My talk, “Branding on a Small Business Budget,” was part of the small business track, but most of my points could apply to individual/personal branding, as well. There were several great questions from the audience after the talk, so we got to discuss additional branding and design issues that were on people’s minds.
The next LOCPHX event is scheduled for this October. There has also been some discussion about LaidOffCamp events being held in other parts of the Valley. Keep an eye on the LaidOffCamp Phoenix Twitter account for updates.
Staying flexible is a big part of Bold Avenue’s strategy. This includes getting out of the office and connecting with the community, a priority for Owner/Creative Director Stephanie Liebold. It’s not unusual to spot her working from a local coffee shop. If you do, say hello, she’d be happy to take a break and chat with you.
At least once a week, you’ll find her at a co-working/incubator/event space in downtown Chandler called Gangplank. She has connected with lots of great people there, learned new things and shared her experience with other entrepreneurs.
On a recent visit, she (and several other Gangplankers) spoke with the East Valley Tribune about what sets Gangplank apart.
Click the link under the photo to read the full article.
There were strikes, gutter balls, and a little bit of smack talk. It was great hanging out with other members of our local design/marketing community, not talking business and doing something that, frankly, none of us is that great at.
We won 2 games and will move on to the next round.
Although we're excited to play again, we're definitely not quitting our day jobs.
We are excited to be a sponsor of Laid Off Camp Phoenix!
This free, one-day event is geared towards giving people (who are laid off, underemployed, considering freelancing, etc.) resources to find work. There will be workshops on topics like interviewing, networking, finding the next step in your career path and using social media, as well as a resource room of volunteers reviewing resumes, sharing their experiences, and even taking photos for social media avatars.
Bold Avenue will be offering attendees free design and discounted printing on personal business cards that they can hand out as they do their job-search networking.
Find out more at http://laidoffcampphoenix.com/.
If you’d like to attend, please note that tickets are required – and going fast! You can reserve your ticket at http://laidoffcampphoenix.eventbrite.com/.