After a group dinner at Raleigh Times, I headed over to Isaac Hunter’s Oak City Tavern. (Note to self: Want to attract attendees? Call your event “Such-and-Such Leaders.”)
The open-ended format (no specific agenda, with a pre-published attendee list) can be hit or miss, but as Phil Buckley wrote, it seems to work. It’s easy to approach new people, and I liked being able to catch up with friends without a speaker in between. For speaker events, organizations like TIMA, Triangle AMA, Raleigh SEO Meetup, Tri-UPA, and others have a good slate of educational events already.
The door process was streamlined, and the A/C kept things cooler than in January, in spite of the day’s 90 degree temperatures outside. There were probably somewhat fewer attendees than the 200 people at the first event but that’s OK–it’s about quality, not quantity. Making several strong connections is better than leaving with 50 business cards that end up in your desk drawer.
My verdict? It was worth three hours and $12.89. Thanks to the sponsors, and to the volunteers who made it all happen: Jenni Bruckman (@BruckmanJ), Phil Buckley (@1918), Sarah Burris (@SarKatBur), Anil Chawla (@AnilChawla), Meg Crawford (@Postgrad), Dan London (@DanLondon), Zack Medford (@ZackTM), Brian McDonald (@bmcd67), Morgan Siem (@MorganSiem), and Dan Wilson (@DanWilson).
Were you there? What did you think?