Escaping Solitary Confinement: More Networking Tips for Freelancers, Work-at-Homers and Other Professionals

Speakers: Gabe Goldberg and Kristen King
Location: NRECA Conference Center Directions to the event:


* $15 for all
* FREE for full-time student guest of a paid attendee (student guest must register)

Join us for a night of networking tips from local successful freelancers Gabe Goldberg and Kristen King as they share advice on networking as a way to meet potential clients, employers, and colleagues, and as part of your overall marketing plan or career development strategy. In these economic times, every professional needs a broad network! Gabe and Kristen will offer tips for networking in person and online, including professional organizations, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Share your own networking strategies and experiences and practice your new skills in an evening of food, fun, and new friends.

Area Independents Unite!

Last night’s CIC SIG event, "Breaking Out of Solitary Confinement: Networking Tips for Freelancers, Work-at-Homers, and Other Professionals", was a hit. Forty-three area independent consultants and professionals that want to be independent turned out at NRECA in Arlington. The chapter provided a sumptuous spread of food from Whole Foods and chairs and tables were arranged in a large U shape to facilitate networking while providing a comfortable place to sit and eat.

The range of professions represented by the 43 people was impressive. Most people were writers but there were a significant number of artists, photographers, translators, and project managers. There was even a dance instructor and a goat farmer! Many people found out about the event through the local discussion list called DCPUBS and seemed to already know each other, at least virtually. Others walked into the event not having preregistered. Many of them found out about the event through the listing in Monday’s "Face Time" section in the Washington Post both online and in print.

Among the many pearls of wisdom that came from Kristen King was the advice to think of networking not as a way to get something from someone but to give someone something they want and that will solve a problem for them.

Gabe advised that you should not give out your business card to someone until you have begun to forge a relationship. Of course, if someone gives you their card first, it’s perfectly appropriate to reciprocate.

Mary Fletcher Jones, an event attendee, and I are collaborating to create a podcast of an interview with Gabe and Kristen. When it’s available, we’ll publicize it in this blog.

Calling all Freelancers, Work-at-Homers, and Other Independent Professionals

Join the CIC SIG event at NRECA in Arlington to learn from two local freelance writers, Gabe Goldberg and Kristen King, and how to network effectively and meet people who might purchase your services or even hire you. You’ll hear how to make networking part of an overall marketing or career-development strategy and be able to share your successful networking strategies and experiences.

Topic title: "Breaking Out of Solitary Confinement: Networking Tips for Freelancers, Work-at-Homers and Other Professionals"

Free food from Whole Foods. Preregister by 9 pm. on June 11. See registration information for this event at at