Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a website copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).
Today is a big day in Ireland—Saint Patrick’s Day. Parades are flowing through the streets. Most people are off from work and in the pubs, drinking Guinness, betting on horses, wearing green, and chatting and singing happily.
There is a buzz you can feel in the air.
It’s a welcome day for me—considering most of my daytime, in-person contact is with the neigbor’s cat who I randomly find inside the house (it climbs through windows and flies in stealthily when I open the front door), the cows who I wave to when I go jogging, and the occasional market checkout person (who thinks I’m crazy because I’m overeager to converse).
While I like working from Ireland, being here can be a bit isolating at times. Phone calls, emails and video chats give me some socialization—but there is nothing like seeing people face-to-face!
On St. Patrick’s Day, I get to be social for a whole day, and as a “people person,” it charges me with energy. I just realized: CFC is the St. Patrick’s Day of my business!
At this year’s Creative Freelancer Conference, I’m meeting my group buddy, Kara Smith, for the very first time. Since our Marketing Group, we talk every week and keep each other on-track—and now I’m going to see her face to face! (Kara, be prepared to be tackled with a giant hug!)
I can’t wait to meet everyone else too—some who I know a bit already—and plenty who I don’t!
Although CFC may not be exactly like Saint Patrick’s Day—there is happy hour scheduled as part of the festivities! I betcha they even have Guinness.
Ready to be business social like me? Grab your shamrocks and come to CFC.
If you’re not sure you’re a fan of “in-person” contact, a.k.a. networking, Ilise just launched It’s Who You Know—a networking kit full of inspiration.