editione1.0.2Updated February 27, 2023
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With most events going remote this year, the opportunity to connect and attend an event is becoming easier and easier. Here’s how you can find some good ones:
Search for design on EventBrite, Facebook Local, and Meetup. What’s coming up?
Sign up for one event you’ll attend this month and go there. Post on your LinkedIn that you’ll be attending that event and you’re looking forward to meeting folks there.
Look for conferences. Make it a point to find one or two great conferences this year and attend. If money is an issue, reach out to the organizers and ask to help out.
Are there any community gaps that exist where you live? Considering filling that gap by organizing a meetup.
Here are three books that I think are a must-read:
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. The classic in the field, still just as relevant today.
Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferazzi. Although it has mixed reviews, Keith does a great job of providing tips and frameworks you can use to meet people. At the heart of it is the genuine message that we’re better off connecting and sharing resources than hoarding away our contacts.