LinkedIn Local in Stratford upon Avon

I’d never heard of a LinkedIn Local meeting before, but it sounded like a good idea when Ian Tomlinson mentioned it to me.

I’ve been to a lot of Tweetups, and they’ve been great for business and socially. The Stratford Tweetup organised by Sharon Stephens and Lou Fox is particularly good.

I’ve organised an Instagram gathering (Instacake) which was great fun and really rewarding.

The LinkedIn Local at the Grosvenor Hotel, Stratford upon Avon

The LinkedIn Local event was co-organised by Chris Windley, who has organised several successful LinkedIn Local events before.

It was hosted by the Grosvenor Hotel here in Stratford upon Avon, which has a new and enthusiastic director of sales, Rob Coltman. He is keen to use LinkedIn to promote the hotel, as he’s seen a lot of success in that direction with other hotels he works with.

We had drinks and a chance to network at bit in the lovely hotel bar, then moved to the dining room for some intriguing talks by Chris, Ian, Rob and businesswoman and author Julia Suzuki.

Sally Crane Ian Tomlinson and Julia Suzuki at the LinkedIn Local Stratford upon Avon 12 July 2018 by Charlie Budd The Tall Photographer-1
Sally Crane, Ian Tomlinson and Julia Suzuki at the pre-lunch relaxed networking session.

 

Chris Windley speaking at the LinkedIn Local Stratford upon Avon 12 July 2018 by Charlie Budd The Tall Photographer-5
Chris Windley speaking about the importance of personal brands, whether self-employed or an employee

 

Julia Suzuki at LinkedIn Local Stratford upon Avon 12 July 2018 by Charlie Budd The Tall Photographer
Julia Suzuki speaking about brand and ambition at the LinkedIn Local Stratford upon Avon

 

I was very impressed with the hotel, and they laid on a lovely light lunch too.

Lunch at the LinkedIn Local Stratford upon Avon 12 July 2018 by Charlie Budd The Tall Photographer Grosvenor Hotel
The delicious light lunch provided by the Grosvenor was just right. Very good chips too – one of my key measures for any establishment.

 

Sadly, I had to leave before the afternoon session had ended, but I’d recommend going to a LinkedIn event if you’re on the platform and want to make more contacts locally.

Ian Tomlinson and Rob Coltman at the LinkedIn Local Stratford upon Avon 12 July 2018 by Charlie Budd The Tall Photographer
Ian Tomlinson and Rob Coltman speaking after lunch

 

If you’d like to connect with me on LinkedIn, and quite frankly, why wouldn’t you? You can find me here.

And if you’d like me to take photographs at your event, you can contact me in many ways on my contact page.

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