Traditional networking events can be stale, rigid and sometimes nerve-wracking. You’re often forced to stand up in front of a room full of strangers to pitch your business, when you’ve barely digested your breakfast croissant.
That’s why, here at ChadStone we decided to launch Thirsty Thursday. Our antidote to dull and formal networking events. We wanted to create an event that reflected our ethos of doing things differently and cultivating great relationships within our community.
There’s no doubt that there is a need to network, so we wanted to create a space where making connections was informal and not daunting. This means no elevator pitches, presentations or anything formal that is normally associated with networking.
Thirsty Thursday will be held on the third Thursday of the month, where professionals from the area can mingle amongst the region’s decision makers, with a beer in hand.
We held our first Thirsty Thursday on the 15th August in Ironbridge and it was a great success, with around thirty attendees.
Rob, said, “Our company strapline is ‘A Fresh Perspective.’ Accountants can sometimes be seen as very formal, but not us! We believe that in a relaxed setting it’s much easier to engage with new people, through sharing advice and swapping ideas.
“Thirsty Thursdays will help break the ice, as we want Shropshire businesses to support each other and feel positive about making new connections.
“Traditional networking over breakfast can scare some people off. Sometimes there is a waiting list to join the group, and then you have to gear yourself up for a minute standing in front of strangers ‘selling your wares’. And the early starts won’t be for everyone!”
The next Thirsty Thursday will be on Thursday 19th September at 6pm at The Malthouse, Ironbridge. Everyone is welcome, there is no need to book and it is completely free.
For more information about Thirsty Thursdays, or to speak to us about your accountancy needs, call us on 01952 292729.