On April 21st, 2011 BU PRSSA hosted #BostonCOM2, the 2nd annual Tweet-Up event at Jillian’s. With over 70 people in attendance there was all kinds of socializing, networking, and eating of course! Both students and working professionals were present and having walked around to speak with multiple people myself, there were some great discussions!
This being my first Tweet-Up, I had a great experience both planning and participating. At first I did not know what to expect. I knew a Tweet-Up is a networking event that connects our virtual world and our real world, but I wasn’t sure how the transition from 140 characters to full conversation would go. Surprisingly, it was easy.
Speaking from my own experience, a Tweet-Up is the easiest environment to introduce yourself to people in. We all have a passion for communication in common, and the whole purpose of the event is to make connections. After making a point to chat with multiple people, both professionals and students, I realized how much larger my network had become. Every person I talked to had something valuable to offer, whether it was advice, more contacts, or simple conversation.
I found the recent alumni particularly valuable because of how relatable they are. After speaking with two recent BU and PRSSA alumnae I had great advice not only for my academic success, but also internship tips and a different perspective on the professional world. Because these women have recently made the breakthrough from student to professional, their advice is invaluable because of how up to date and personal it is. It made me feel a lot more confident about the possibilities that are ahead of me after graduation and even more excited to get into the working world.
It is reasons like this that make a Tweet-Up so significant. Of course you will have more followers on Twitter at the end of the night, but more importantly you have personal connections with people for future reference. Personally, I found the Tweet-Up to exceed my expectations. After partaking in the event I understand the usefulness of building a network full of people from different areas of communication or even the world to keep in contact with.
Be sure to follow @BUPRSSA today so you can find out more about future networking events we host!
This guest post was written by Megan Tucker. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or @MegTucker20 on Twitter.