“Great time! I’ll do it again! ? Thank you Alexandre ! ? “
This is the warm compliment that Teddy P. made to the LinkedInLocalParis that I organized:
And yes! I initiated a free event to promote networking with the LinkedIn community in Paris
To be honest, it was the very first event I had to organize myself, whether in marketing or in my private life. I must say that for a first time, the course was far from perfect
But I was pleasantly surprised because I never imagined that my expectations would be so largely met
Out of the 119 registered for the event, 24 of us were bold enough to take advantage of the networking benefits the networking benefits of this event which took place on February 27, 2020 at “La Felicita”
If you missed it, I propose you here a short report with pictures showing the atmosphere of the place
For the more curious, you will see the route I followed and the two main difficulties I encountered during the organization of this meeting. Not to mention the various reactions from the LinkedIn community!
Ready for the adventure!? Let’s go !
Chapter 1: What is LinkedInLocalParis?
1.1) What is the origin of LinkedInLocalParis?
As the name suggests, the idea of creating the LinkedILocalParis came from the observation I made while using this professional social network.
Indeed, I realized that my relations on LinkedIn and I tend to have nice discussions / exchanges.
That’s why I thought it would be much more interesting to leave the virtual world and meet in real life
Personally, I much prefer physical interactions in the real world to virtual interactions. Although the latter are still convenient, I choose the former whenever possible.
Thus, I can say that the LinkedInLocalParis is aptly named since it is a moment of exchange in the center of Paris between members of the LinkedIn community.
The principle remains simple: Meet in all simplicity around a drink without any headache to talk about everything. In particular, about
- Especially about red caps ?
Let’s tackle the next point:
1.2. how did you participate in LinkedInLocalParis?
Participation in my event was completely free and I plan to keep it that way for the next few times. You will only have to make expenses if
- You are leaving far away and need to cover transportation costs
- You like to snack on the spot like I do.
The next few times will probably be like this so that anyone who wants to grow their network can be more than satisfied.
That being said, the only condition is to register and download the ticket for free on Eventbrite
You can also follow the linkedIn page page of the event in order not to miss any update on the next LinkedInLocalParis :
So, where was the place to go to attend the networking event:
1.3. Where was the LinkedInLocalParis held?
Admittedly, I had a hard time quickly finding a place that could host the event
The venue that was finally chosen was “La Felicita”
Curious to know how I could find this place and its characteristics? Come on, I’ll tell you everything:
From the beginning, I told myself that I was going to organize the event in a place in Châtelet or Saint Lazare.
You can see it in my first publication about the event
In my second post, I asked for suggestions from the LinkedIn community
At this point, I still hadn’t found a venue to host the event. Some even advised me to privatize a room in order to quickly find a venue, which unfortunately risked emptying my pockets.
That’s why in my third post, published less than two weeks before the event, I was explicit in indicating that I had no idea where the meeting would take place.
I took the opportunity to solicit “collective intelligence” by describing the type of venue I was looking for
This approach was successful
This is how the venue was chosen and confirmed for the LinkedInLocalParis as it met all the criteria you have certainly read in the post
The venue for our LinkedInLocalParis was therefore “La Felicita”, a huge “food market” with a surface area of 4500 m2 that respects all the criteria you have certainly read in the post
I’ll repeat them here
- A friendly and discussion-friendly bar;
- Located in the center of Paris (Châtelet / Saint Laz if possible) ;
- A capacity of 70-80 people;
- Bar where each person is responsible for his own consumption;
- Possibility of nibbling with boards of cold cuts for example;
- A space where one can navigate easily and favourable to meetings;
- No deposit;
- No minimum consumption;
- Where you can have a snack and a drink in a friendly atmosphere.
I can confirm that “La Fecilita” respects most of these criteria and if you want to have a look at it, watch the video I made with Ruben Taieb in the previous publication.
Here is also the place in pictures
The exact address is :
- La Felicità
- 5 Parvis Alan Turing
- 75013 Paris
To find your way easily, please refer to the previous map
Here are some additional indications to come to the event:
- Metro Line 14 : Bibliothéque François Mitterand
- Metro Line 6 : Chevaleret
- RER C : Bibliothéque François Mitterand
1.4. When is the event taking place?
The first edition of LinkedInLocalParis took place on February 27, 2020 at 7pm. This is a Thursday evening and you may be wondering “why not a weekend?”.
If I specifically chose a day of the week …………………..I think it got away from me a bit haha……………….
This way, you’ll have your own weekend!
Note that due to the nature of the meeting, you can come at any time and divide it up as you wish ?
Now let’s see how the evening went:
Chapter 2: How did the LinkedInLocalParis event go?
There’s a lot to say here, but let’s start with the most obvious question:
2.1. How many people registered for the first networking event?
As with any event, the number of registrants climbed as the day approached.
I must admit that I did not expect to have 119 registrations since I thought it would be difficult to pass the 100 mark
It should also be noted that the framework did not encourage me to exceed this number and I had to limit the places to 100
Here is a brief history of the evolution of the number of subscribers
Just after my first publication, one month before the event, there were 7 registrants
Then, we went to 20
Then we reached 30 daredevils:
I didn’t think my event would generate this much excitement. I was thrilled when we passed the 50 mark
From there, the numbers quickly climbed
We finally reached 119 registrants! A number that I had to limit for practical reasons
2.2. What was the number of participants at the first networking meeting?
Out of 119 registrations, 24 of us were brave enough to share a good moment of meeting. We belong to different sectors of activity and we were all open to exchange.
Here is the list of all the participants:
- Alexandre Marotel (The man with the red cap ?)
- Laurent Minne (Coming especially from Belgium)
- Vespasien Hendrijke (Coming especially from Barcelona)
These are the 24 people who participated in the very first LinkedInLocalParis organized by me
Curious to know how things went?
2.3. how did the LinkedInLocalParis go?
The networking was as simple as you’d expect.
The participants were welcomed by the big smile of the famous Bekir-Cem who took care of taking names and indicating precisely where to reach us.
Then, they joined Emmanuelle Parvedy in order to register by mentioning their name & first name as well as the sector of activity.
Being at the label stand, she put a yellow sticker on the participants’ jacket, especially to those who did not wish to be photographed.
I insisted on this point because of the stories of image rights, as I mentioned in this post
On the other hand, the fantastic Mariana took care of taking pictures of the participants who wanted to enrich the image gallery of this event.
As for me, I took the floor around 8pm to quickly say a few words.
Apart from these key steps, the rest of the evening was very convivial and everyone had fun chatting with the other participants.
For my part, I tried to play the role of “matchmaker” so that the exchanges between the participants were as comfortable as possible.
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2.4. How did the participants enjoy the event?
After the evening, I made a publication on LinkedIn that shows the atmosphere of the evening
Some of the participants did not hesitate to express their appreciation of the evening
Very encouraging opinions, aren’t they?
2.5. Some pictures of the networking event
The fantastic Mariana took some great pictures at the event. Here are a few that will give you a glimpse of the atmosphere that reigned at this event:
Find the remaining images on Google drive :
You just need to have a Gmail account and log in to access it. Preferably, use a computer since the display on a laptop is not at all superb (At my place anyway).
Let’s look at another important point:
Chapter 3: What is the LinkedIn community’s reaction to this event?
This event is specifically for LinkedIn community members. Therefore, it is only natural to ask how they reacted to LinkedInLocalParis.
Note that there are several types of reactions, but the overall picture is clearly optimistic
In this section, I’ll also use the discussions so that you have a clear idea of the phrases used.
3.1. how did the LinkedIn community react to the LinkedInLocalParis?
The reaction of the LinkedIn community to my event exceeded all my expectations
In fact, the various posts about the event saw a large number of engagements:
The level of engagement is remarkable with the different publications I integrated into the article.
Let’s not forget the discussions that remained extremely positive!
Here are some captures
And those who could not come also showed up:
3.2. how did those who unfortunately could not come react?
The event being local, not everyone was able to attend for different reasons. While many were far from Paris, others were certainly busy with work.
Many of them did not hesitate to report it
Now let’s talk about the difficulties I encountered:
Chapter 4: What were the difficulties encountered in organizing LinkedInLocalParis?
For the organization of this event, I was confronted with two major problems
- The place where the event will be held (we have already discussed this);
- The name of the event.
Indeed, I named the event LinkedInLocalParis as I already explained, but there was a problem.
The social network doesn’t like to have its name used anyhow: LinkedIn. Or at least, the team has developed special special rules about organizing events.
Aware of this, I had to contact a lot of people in France and even the LinkedIn team
I didn’t get any feedback on any of the multiple follow-ups I had to make.
In fact, other people brought up the subject in comments when I posted jobs on LinkedIn
Here are a few exchanges
Conclusion: The LinkedInLocalParis – An event to be repeated
By analogy, I would say that all it takes is the right meeting to turn an entire career or business around
That’s one of the reasons why I love to get out of my den to meet other professionals / entrepreneurs. And where do you find communities of people with such profiles: LinkedIn!
I love this social network, that’s why I’m very active to bring my part to the French community especially.
But the virtual is not as effective as the physical, so I wanted to break the ice by organizing the LinkedInLocalParis
This is the first event that I personally organized and it took place on February 27, 2020 at “La Felicita”.
This moment of meeting and networking was really warm and appreciated by the majority of those who were present
And as many wanted the event to be repeated, I will organize a second meeting
So, if you missed this first edition, get ready and follow the linkedIn page page so you don’t miss any updates. My personal account is also very active and I will not fail to publish the necessary information
Until we meet, I say
See you soon!