Last night I went along to my first networking night with ALIA Queensland (Australian Library and Information Association). I was drawn to this event because it was a casual meet up and it involved a craft activity and I’m always keen to participate in craft activities whenever I can. The event was held at Communal Bar and Eat House, located at 266 George Street Brisbane, I hadn’t been here before but had passed it many times on my way to Brisbane Square Library. We sat at a couple of long tables near the back of the restaurant and they had great meals on offer for a reasonable price, I just had a drink though as I wasn’t able to stay more than an hour. The ladies and one gent were very welcoming and we all started chatting and making ribbon stars for the One Million Stars to End Violence campaign, an installation of the stars will be on display at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, people from across Australia and the world are all contributing to this great cause.
It was wonderful to meet new people and they invited me along to the next Trivia night which If I’m available then I might go along. Networking for me is usually a scary experience as I find it difficult to make small talk; however having a craft activity made it easier to chat and meet new people. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, it also didn’t cost me anything except my time and a drink.