2023 Nudge Ideas Festival

The 2023 Nudge Ideas Festival in Exeter, Devon is set to be a standout event for entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professionals alike. Hosted by MC Chris Bentley, the day will feature a range of keynote speakers and immersive workshop sessions to help attendees learn, grow, and connect.
The day kicks off with a welcome from Chris Bentley, before Dave Birss takes the stage to share his expertise on how to release happy chemicals in people’s brains. This engaging keynote will explore the science behind happiness and provide practical tips on how to cultivate it in our daily lives.
Next up, Shola Kaye will speak on empathy and inclusive leadership at work. In this thought-provoking keynote, Shola will explore the role of empathy in leadership and how to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace.
After the first two keynotes, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from five immersive workshop sessions. These sessions will cover a range of topics, including getting investor ready with Andrew Gerrard of C2 Capital, designing an innovation culture with Sawsan Khuri of Collaborative Capacities, growing in love with your business with Andrew de Groot of ActionCoach, coaching for a better tomorrow with Trayton Vance of Coaching Focus Group, and using neuroscience to boost your brand with Alistair Banks of Optix.
After the workshop sessions, attendees will have the chance to take a break for tea and coffee, as well as networking and getting their professional headshot for LinkedIn.
The second half of the day will feature more keynotes, including Adrian Brown on the Power of Management and Flavilla Fongang on brand psychology and Neuro Marketing. Attendees will also have the option to grab lunch at the Phoenix bar and café or at a local restaurant in Gandy Street.
In the afternoon, Simon Leslie will speak on creating magical moments, followed by Kate Davis on employee engagement and sustainable business growth. There will be another networking break with the opportunity to get a professional headshot before Sarah Ellen O’Farrell takes the stage to discuss the role of behavioural science in public health.
The day will conclude with the highly anticipated PitchFest, powered by Tech South West. This will provide an opportunity for startups and small businesses to pitch their ideas and potentially secure investment. Companies featured in the PitchFest include Lighthouse and Weave.
The day will wrap up with a roundup and thank you’s from Chris Bentley, leaving attendees inspired and equipped with new knowledge and connections, followed by an after party on the roof of the new Hotel Indigo. The 2023 Nudge Ideas Festival in Exeter is not to be missed.

Why go Business Networking

Business networking can be an effective way for professionals to meet and connect with potential clients, partners, and colleagues. Networking can help you build relationships, exchange ideas, and gain valuable insights and advice. It can also be a great way to find new business opportunities, stay informed about industry trends and developments, and stay connected with others in your field. Networking can also help you build your professional network and establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry. Overall, business networking can be a valuable tool for building and growing your business.

Business Networking can be a valuable activity for a variety of reasons. It can help you:

  1. Expand your professional connections: Networking allows you to meet new people in your industry and establish relationships that can be helpful in your career.
  2. Learn about new opportunities: Through networking, you may learn about job openings, internships, or other opportunities that may not be advertised elsewhere.
  3. Keep up with industry trends: Networking can be a good way to stay current on the latest developments in your field, including new technologies, methods, and best practices.
  4. Build your confidence: Meeting new people and engaging in professional conversations can help you build confidence in your own abilities and skills.
  5. Enhance your professional reputation: By networking and building relationships with others in your industry, you can enhance your professional reputation and credibility.

In short, networking can be a valuable way to advance your career and build connections in your industry.  To take this further you need to visit a networking event or attend one of ours, you can see our up-to-date list on our website here.

Business Tips, Networking

Why you need to build your network

It does amaze me that some people just don’t want to talk to others unless it comes with a sale guaranteed, they ask why I spend time every week speaking and meeting new people — the truth for me is that I actively make space and time every week to meet and have conversations with someone new, it’s my fuel, its what drives me on and its what has helped grow and develop the Exeter digital marketing business and the business networking group that I run.

Consequently, during the lockdown, I spoke to the widest variety of people possible, through the networking group I’ve made time to contact every member and I’ve also tried to contact all past attendees where I can, just to touch base with them. These calls have had no agenda, they’ve simply been about making contact and keeping that relationship we had when we could meet face to face alive as well as we can in the unknown Covid times we found ourselves in.

So how do I plan this you may ask? Well, I keep a schedule in an online calendar that blocks out time for me every week — clear time when I can make that effort to call a group of people one after the other. This way I know that I have time in my day blocked out for the task and if I have a list I can work as far through that in the time before I stop and move on to another business task. As for any agenda or plan, for me I try and keep this as simple as possible, really I want to have a conversation with no agenda or plan. I ideally want to learn more about who I’m calling, what’s happening with them, and also if can learn more about what makes them tick, I’m aiming to build a bond. It’s quite simple, I believe that the world runs on relationships — so I take time to build some.

Let me summarise, in easy and simple terms people buy from those they know, like, and trust so I spend some time every week on building that relationship as I know if I do this then the referrals and sales will follow…

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