Webgrrls HotSeat
Event date: October 11 2007
Posted by: Kristin Vincent
I wanted to share, from a very personal perspective, the impact that the Webgrrls HotSeat had on me…

After I got home from last Thursday's event, I stayed up until 2 in the morning mapping out the next steps in my life and career. What inspired this late-night burst of planning? The Webgrrls' HotSeat. For those of you who haven't attended a HotSeat event before, it's an evening where people take turns sitting in the front of the room sharing business issues they are currently facing. Then the roomful of supporters focuses solely on that issue and brainstorms ways to overcome barriers and make that person's life and business more successful.
As always on HotSeat nights, Kevin Kennedy, co-founder and CEO of Webgrrls International, started out by having us all commit to a verbal non-disclosure agreement. "What's said in the HotSeat stays in the HotSeat", he said. This trust allows us to talk candidly about the business and career issues we are facing. Here are some general topics we tackled as a group to help people in specific situations:

  • How to negotiate a higher fee rate
  • How to attract new customers through incentives
  • How to form alliances with related corporations to increase exposure and drive sales
  • How to differentiate your business from the competition
  • How to market your services through print, web, and word of mouth
  • How to hone and identify exactly what you want from your career
  • How to be more efficient with time management and avoid administrivia
  • How to reel in clients who keep changing their minds but not their deadlines

The room had several familiar faces and some new. I was happy to see that even the newcomers realized how useful the group's advice was and raised their hands to be the next in the seat. One first-time attendee commented that this was the most beneficial networking event she had been to since moving to New York.

So those of you who weren't there might wonder what burning issue I brought to the group or what great advice I received that started me veering off on a new fork in my life's path and left me reevaluating my future into the wee hours of the morning. The truth is, I didn't even sit in the Hot Seat that night (though I certainly have before). I came away inspired by the brave, exciting, wide-ranging experiences others shared. Your courage makes me believe in myself, and I thank each of you who were there that night for reminding me that we don't have to do it all alone; we have an entire community to rely on.

For many of us, it's rare to receive such focused attention from others on our careers and businesses and such solid advice from professionals who truly care about our personal success. I am honored to know the people in this community, and I sincerely appreciate your willingness to share and help one another.

Read the blog post submitted by Kevin to the Webgrrls Blog about some of the problems and solutions that were discussed at the Webgrrls Hotseat.

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