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I Hate Networking – Workshop

Tue 30 Jul

Facilitated by Wendi Lanham

Networking, meeting new people, developing relationships – all terrifying stuff. Entering the world of networking without a plan or strategy – even scarier!

Networking is a necessity in the creative industries, but many practitioners consider it to be the stuff of nightmares. I Hate Networking is an entertaining hybrid between traditional workshop and social event designed to encourage creative people to get to know each other, while acknowledging the horror, and sharing a few tips at the same time. The first half is dedicated to learning the most effective strategy for effective networking, including preparation and follow up. The second half is a practical opportunity to rehearse some of these tips in a safe and friendly environment, while embracing the discomfort of the whole process and having a laugh.

Participants will discuss the following tips and share their thoughts about:

  • Preparing for the event, and getting the basics right – introductions, branding, and cards.
  • Preparing your conversation in advance, and learning how to read the room.
  • Tips and tricks for dealing with difficult people.
  • How to make the networking event a success.
  • The all-important (and often-ignored) follow-up process.

This is a practical workshop and participants will have the opportunity to meet each other, practice their introductions, and try out some of the conversation tips discussed.

What do I get? All participants of this workshop also receive:

  • Lifetime access to a Dropbox folder jam-packed with additional resources and helpful links.
  • A practical Workbook to assist with the interactive elements of the workshops.
  • Access to additional free webinars to supplement the material covered in the workshop.
  • The possibility of further one-to-one business advice, mentoring and support from one of our creative industries business specialist advisors. We have a whole team ready to help!

About Wendi Lanham

Wendi Lanham is an actor, presenter, model, and the General Manager of Creative Plus Business. She has a wealth of experience combining business and creative practice, and loves teaching individuals and businesses how to expand their networks, unlock new opportunities, and foster collaborations for mutual growth.

Service NSW Business Connect provides free, independent, tailored business advice from experienced advisors in one‑on‑one sessions. We offer practical insights and business skills development.

Services also include events and resources on a range of topics for small business. Creative Plus Business is an approved independent provider for Service NSW Business Connect until June 2025.

Accessibility: if you have any access requirements, please email

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