What Happened Last Thursday

Here are some photos which Jade took during Nic’s talk last Thursday.

Don't build and forget your website, Nic says...

But first a little background why we’re doing this. (A friend who attended told us to charge for these talks; she said she was getting so much good information!)

We had wanted to hold these free talks for a long time now and finally we decided that we would do it regardless of our hectic schedules (and this means in between clients’ website development projects, in between our collaborations with other people, in between revamping our own website and working on our business systems). Sometimes, procrastination is TOO easy.

And when we finally settled on a date (20 August), we had to pull out all stops to promote it to clients, prospects and friends. Honestly, while we’ve spoken at other places (KDU College and even in USM itself), we didn’t have to organize it. This time, we had to. Organizing even a small talk like this was no mean feat.

Nic will be speaking again on this topic on 24 Sept...so sign up if you're keen to attend.
Nic will be speaking again on this topic on 24 Sept...so sign up if you're keen to attend.

But thank God that everything came together so well last Thursday. While we anticipated 10 people, about 8 showed up and it was just a nice fit as the USM Meeting Room wasn’t too large.

Maureen, Fidel, Derek, Koay, Christabel, Grace, Edwin and KC were a fantastic group because they each came from different backgrounds but they were all interested in one thing – websites.

To be fair, Christabel and Grace are our clients but we couldn’t say no when they said they’d heard and wanted to attend. Derek was a good friend, someone I’d met when I spoke at KDU College in 2006. Koay was Nic’s longtime friend and supporter while Fidel, also a friend, is with Penang Heritage Trust, an NGO. She wanted to learn how to use websites effectively to promote her NGO programme.

Taking serious notes...Fidel learns how to use a website for her NGO work.
Taking serious notes...Fidel learns how to use a website for her NGO work.

Maureen, a friend from my own businesswomen’s networking group, came by because she was interested in starting a website but wanted to find out more before she did. Edwin and KC were new friends, people whom we’d met on that day itself but whom we hit it off completely with!

Lots of good feedback from Edwin, the founder of Pixeries, a virtual books company.
Lots of good feedback from Edwin, the founder of Pixeries, a virtual books company.

It was casual and fun because right from the start, we put everyone at ease by saying that we weren’t there to sell anything. We were there to share what we knew so people would treat their websites right! With a free flow of Nescafe and Boh tea, everyone started to relax as Nic spoke about turning one’s website into a true asset instead of having a ‘build and forget’ mentality!

We deliberately kept it short, about 45 minutes, as it is scientifically proven that people’s attention span do wane, no matter how interesting the topic. Being short and sweet is much better than being long and boring! Then came question and answer time where surprisingly, the attendees asked very pertinent questions. In fact, we got some amazing feedback from them too.

We wanted to know what attendees thought too hence a 3-question feedback form!
We wanted to know what attendees thought too hence a 3-question feedback form!

Finally, we asked the attendees to introduce themselves as we wanted this to be a networking event too. We had anticipated the event to end at 5pm but as everyone got excited about making new friends and chatting, we finally closed the event at 5.30pm!

Is your website an asset?
Is your website an asset?

It was such a positive learning experience even for us at Redbox Studio that we’re really thankful and happy that our planned event went so well! It was more than we could ask for plus the diverse group really found it useful and made it such a tremendous success.

Here’s some feedback from attendees of our talk on 20 August:

“Very interesting! Great presentation. Thumbs up Redbox!”

“I find it informative and well explained in simple and easy to understand manner.”

“Duration is just nice. Not too long or dragging.”

“Very enlightening! Learnt a lot!”

“Very informative! Substance is good. No marketing hype at all!”

“A pretty good overview (of what websites should be)”

“Good idea to have this talk, sharing tips with people like us who do not know much about websites. Great job!”

More photos over at our Facebook page! And sign up if you want to grab a seat for September’s talk.

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