Webcamp KL #12 – The Holy Cow Moment
All we can say is: Thanks for making Webcamp KL a smash! We wouldn’t be able to reach such heights without your support and participation.
With such strong backup, we kicked off the very first Webcamp of the year with something special, something worthy to set the tone proper for future Webcamps to come. We are going to talk about the most common Archilles’ heel that most introverted techies have: socializing skill. If the very thought of talking to a stranger, even with Webcampers, sends shivers down your spine, we’ve got help for you!
We brought in a solid lineup of speakers to share their valuable experience and useful tips in socializing:
- Freda Liu, BFM Radio 89.9 – Tell Your Story — DIY PR
- Walter Heck, Olindata – “Can I please go to the toilet?” (and other questions I don’t want my remote freelancers to ask me)
- Raja Jesrina Arshad, Mindshare – The Art of Socialising in a Networking Event
Do you have a startup or business wanting to getting some media love and attention, but you’re a bit cash-strapped? Could it be possible that such PR can be done for free without doing advertising deals with them? We got an insider expert in the house: Freda Liu, radio host and producer for BFM Radio, and has extensive PR experience as a PR manager and TV newscaster. In her talk, she generously shares with the audience communication techniques and strategies in pitching the media to cover your story. She also shared some creative tips that would have your DIY PR engine all year round — so don’t miss out!
Next up is Walter Heck, an adventurous entrepreneur who happens to love to travel around the world. As you wondered how a global trotting entrepreneur keeps his business humming along smoothly — he spills his secrets on how would you hire remote freelancers, and later communicate and manage them effectively once you got them on board. If such Four Hour Work Week-esque is a dream of yours, spend some time to listen to this talk and soak in his wisdom and experience — with great hopes that you’re able to replicate his success and have some really wild adventures around the world while growing your own business.
To wrap it all up, Jesrina Arshad really goes down to the basics: imagine you arrive in a networking event like Webcamp and you want to reach out to other people, what are the do and don’t during the “getting to know you” phase. Acknowledging the majority of the audience that has a bit of a geeky bent, she prepared an organized bullet-point list of great networking tips you’d want to keep in mind when reaching out to a fellow group member whom you are getting to know for the first time. And from what we gather from the Twitter stream after the event, some people are actually applying what she taught during the talk and everyone are enjoying each other’s company. That’s the proof that you should listen to this talk: it’s that useful .
We also have a Q&A panel with all three speakers with great questions: ranging from how would you approach someone famous to handling (gasp) people who seemed to follow you around.
The WCKL Universe
Yes, WCKL is now no longer just a monthly event for professionals and enthusiast about the Internet and web technologies — we now have a host of small satellite events and programmes that enables the community to reach out, bond and getting help from.
Should you find that the 15 minutes icebreaker is not enough for you to find your next co-founder or soul mate, one of these events are going to whet your appetite to expand your professional network:
- #WCKL Open Coffee ClubThink of it as the icebreaker session expanded and focused to startup founders and founders-to-be. Whether you are established or just thinking about it, here’s the place to reach out to people who can help you to get your startup grow faster.
- #WCKL Mastermind GroupsPrefer a private support group? This one’s for you! We’ll randomly match you up with 5-7 people in a group and it gives you a powerful circle who would keep everyone in check towards achieving their goals.
- #WCKL Co-Working HeroesWant something hardcore and want to get some work done? Bring your own project and co-work with people who are the “getting things done” type — as they say, a supportive environment is a highly productive one.
With that, hope to see you around in any one of the events!