The new year is now fully underway and so why not make a late resolution to get out more.
We don’t mean popping down the pub with your colleagues or taking in a film at the weekend with the other half.
And we don't mean swinging by some club to find a partner if you're single.
We love events here at ThinkWall. They’re why we exist. Events big, small and everywhere in between.
They're what make us tick and you should love events too.
Whether that’s conferences (they’re not all boring), networking nights (they’re not all idiots you must avoid) or targeted industry shindigs (now there’s a word we do not use enough).
So in order to give you a hand to get out and about and make new contacts or learn new skills, here’s a guide to some places you could use.
EVENTBRITE - www.eventbrite.co.uk
The easiest starting point if you’re looking for something to attend. If it’s happening, then it’ll be listed here. Tap in a keyword and you can find events near you, or look a bit further afield for something more specialised. Create an account, buy a ticket (or snap up a free invite for some) and store all the details digitally. You can then use the Eventbrite smartphone app to check where you should be while on the move and get yourself in.
MEETUP - www.meetup.com
Similar to Eventbrite, this is packed with smaller groups of like-minded minds. You’d be amazed at the variety of the events listed here, from the weird to the wacky to the downright life and career changing. If you’re stuck for something to do on any given night, you’ll always find something here to invite yourself to.
GOV.uk - https://www.gov.uk/events-finder
Enter your postcode, set how far you’d travel and you’ll bring up a list of business-related seminars and events. You can refine selections by sector or topic too. This has a lot of listings for training or advice if you’re a fledgling business looking for support.
ENTERPRISE NATION - https://www.enterprisenation.com/events
This site for SMEs and startups has listings of a range of different business-related events with many at lunchtimes or weekends. Some are free, some cost as little as £10 and they’re a great chance to meet up with other entrepreneurs or small business owners.
FIND NETWORKING EVENTS - www.findnetworkingevents.com
With a name like that, how could we miss this site out. It helps you find networking events, naturally. Split into all different areas, it also includes a range of business shows and wider exhibitions too. What more is there to say.
TECH CITY NEWS - http://techcitynews.com/events/
If you’re a startup or interested in the world of Shoreditch's Silicon Roundabout in London then you’ll find a list of related events right here. You can also list your own event in the calendar for free. Tight colourful trousers, hipster dress or an in-fashion beard are entirely optional for attendance.
LSE EVENTS on Twitter
If you’re based in London then the London School of Economics has a great Twitter account @LSEpublicevents with details of a range of free lectures and debates that often feature high profile business people and politicians as speakers. It's great for networking with those who share an interest in a similar topic as you.
Know of any others? Let us know in the comments.