4 Business Events with the Purple Cow feel

purplecowFollowers of this blog will probably recognise the Purple Cow reference – my marketing hero Seth Godin coined the phrase when he pondered the notion of being remarkable. According to the New York-based guru it’s a key strategy for companies looking to stand out from the crowd, when occupying a field full of competitors.

So with this in mind, I’d like to bring FOUR Purple Cow events to your attention, all taking place in Manchester over the next few weeks and all exhibiting something unusual that brings value.

If you want to attend all or any of them, drop me a comment.

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OPENING NIGHT TUES 1ST DEC (STARTS 7PM)  -  VENUE: CONTACT, OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER M15 6JA

I just wanted to thank those who’ve booked on to the opening night of Pecha Kucha (Japanese for ‘chit-chat’) on Tuesday 1st Dec. What a fantastic response – over 70 reservations in 3 days! You may recall that PK is a global social phenomenon, now running in 250 cities worldwide. It’s an antidote to bad Powerpoint, and allows people with passion for their subject to engage with an audience for exactly 6 mins 40 secs – that’s the 20/20 Rule (20 images, each rotating every 20 seconds). Joanna Lumley, Johnny Vegas and Jon Snow have presented at PK but mostly it’s people with an insane enthusiasm for ‘their thing’ – whatever that might be (Lumley’s was about being a fashion model in the 70′s, Vegas talked about his old VW Passat!).

Phil Harris and I will be hosting this not-for-profit event on 1st December at Contact, the superb theatre on Oxford Road, Manchester by the University. I reckon we’ll fill it, but we need your help to make it a fantastic night. We need you to come and support some enthusiastic people who have a story to tell. It’s a fiver to attend (covering costs) and after we’ve held some rehearsals we’ll announce the list of speakers (10-12 normally). Mixture of business and creatives in the audience – great networking opportunity.

£5 to attend, drop me a line to book.

Other events…

THE ‘AMBITION CLUB’ OPEN EVENING – MON 2ND NOV (6.30 – 8.30PM)   ONE CENTRAL PARK, NORTHAMPTON ROAD, MANCHESTER  M40 5PB

A chance to meet the team behind this highly successful Business Growth Programme, devised by award-winning accountants Wilds. This programme attracts funding support from the Train to Gain scheme, making it highly affordable for qualifying businesses. And as testimony to its effectiveness, Mick Seddon of Wilds is bringing along some success stories – business owners who’ve applied the Ambition principles with fantastic results. Includes skill workshop section organised by Carol Saunders of training providers Rubicon Developments, winners of the National Training Awards (North West) 2009.

FREE to attend, numbers limited.

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BUSINESS SKILLS FORUM – WED 4TH NOV (3-5PM)   THE GOLFTORIUM, DUCIE STREET, MANCHESTER  M1 2DQ

Now approaching its first anniversary, this personal development club for business owners helps you sharpen your skills with the aid of a guest presenter (in this case Sandler sales trainer Mark Pickles). There’s a facilitated discussion and plenty of time to network too.

£10 payable on the door (includes light refreshments).

These are all unusual events and excellent opportunities to widen your network, gain some insights and perhaps even enjoy yourself – at minimal cost!

Drop me a comment if you’d like to attend any or all.

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