Why I wanted to help bring ‘notworking’ to Leeds.
I’ll admit it. I’m not *that much* of a sociable person. I find networking events proper boring and full of the same old crowd. Everyone seems to know everyone else and no one’s that forthcoming. I spend half the night talking to some girl who’s looking around the room to see if there’s somebody else who’s more important she should be talking to. And it’s like I’m supposed to be all happy ’cause she’s wearing a backpack, you know? Sorry, slipped into Swingers territory there. It’s no less true though.
So you might wonder why I signed myself up to co-host the inaugural Glug Leeds this coming Tuesday. “But Farrar, you hate people!” you might say. Well, for starters, that’s a total lie. And, secondly, I signed up because I love people and Glug’s format is right up my cobbled street. It’s a loose, fun format full of people who just love our industry and want to build relationships between agencies and creatives. Maybe i’m painting too much of a coke ad here. It’s waaaaay cooler than that, promise.
It all came about one night while I was pulling a late one and, whilst scanning Twitter, saw a tweet from Glug asking where they should host their next event. Being slightly tipsy, I got right onto it. A few emails later and *boom* i’m a Glugger. Thankfully, I’ve been lucky enough to be working alongside Hannah O’Sullivan who has masterminded a few events before and has genuinely done an amazing job getting the line-up we’ve got for you lucky people.
Tuesday is just the start. I can’t express how excited about it all I am. It promises to be nothing you expect a networking event to be and more. Plus, it’s at the Belgrave so there’s beer, sliders and Pizza. And if you don’t like those things then I heard there’s a teddy bear fair in Pudsey that might be more to your liking.
See you at the bar!
By Martin Farrar-smith