by Pat Hammond on Monday, November 27, 2017
No Coffee Buzz in December! You heard that right. I am taking a break from Coffee Buzz Networking.
It's the time of year when I step back and review this year's goals, what worked, what didn't, and what I can do to make next year better. Part of that review is taking an honest look at my allocation of resources.
I could give a breakdown of the why's, but the simple fact is there are only so many hours in the day and right now I don't have time for Coffee Buzz.
My job as the editor of Queen City Buzz is to connect you with the people, information, and resources you need to start and grow your business in New Hampshire. Three years ago that meant putting together a networking group. Today that's not enough.
The events calendar has swelled as the economy has improved. Where we used to feel lucky to have 5 or 6 events on the Weekly Roundup, we now average around 40. People are feeling good about their networking options. Instead of having yet another way to socialize with other local business owners, they are asking for hands-on training and a better way to connect with potential customers.
With that in mind, I've been putting together some ideas and rounding up a few strategic partners to meet the challenge.
Next year I am hoping to introduce a quarterly ezine featuring local businesses. It will not only feature articles about and by local people, it will provide a way for you to connect with local customers.
I'm also looking at the possibility of doing hands-on workshops on topics such as managing your website and basic graphics for social media. I'm even talking to a few people about putting together a two-day in-depth workshop on sales and marketing.
It may not seem like it to people on the outside, but between interviews, research, writing, graphics, social media, the podcast, networking, and a million other details, Queen City Buzz currently accounts for about half of my workday. That's a lot of time for something that is not meant to be a quit-your-day-job type of venture.
The only way I can add the new features you want and still have time to do things that pay the bills is to be ruthless about my schedule. With that in mind, I am taking a break from Coffee Buzz Networking.
I'll revisit the idea of bringing Coffee Buzz back in the spring, but for now, the best use of my time is to drop the monthly networking group and pursue the projects that you want and need to grow your business.
Thanks for your support!
Editor & Queen Bee at Queen City Buzz
PS: Just because I don't have time for a regular monthly meetup doesn't mean I can't take a little time here and there for a quick cup. If anyone is interested in doing an impromptu coffee drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.