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Come on, come on, let’s work together

I know we haven’t had a chance to tell you how wonderful Pollen was last month, but rest assured it was wonderful. Thank you so much to the 120-odd attendees who dragged themselves to central London on a Tuesday evening to talk to strangers and play bingo. We had an excellent night and met so many lovely people, and we’re already looking forward to the next one.

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Traditionally, networking events have been something I’ve feared and hated with the passion of a thousand suns. I’m not a natural ‘joiner’, and I don’t even like being around all my best friends at once let alone total bloomin’ unknown grown-ups in suits. Steve is fabulous at chatting to strangers and never runs out of things to talk about, so he can’t understand why I hate these situations so much, but I know I’m not alone! Around 50% of the population are introverts, and if anything sends an introvert into a spiral of fear and nausia it’s a networking event. But they can be so useful in terms of meetings new people, finding potential new clients, maybe hunting for a new role, so it’s a real shame that half the UK avoids them like the plague.

Pollen is great for me because it instantly gives me a reason to talk to people, and that’s always been my biggest worry: won’t people think I’m annoying or weird if I just walk right up to them and start talking? Well, no, they won’t, because that’s sort of the point of networking, but it’s easier said than done. If you’re having trouble with the approach, I recommend planning out what you’re going to say to people when you introduce yourself. Tell them a funny fact about yourself, or something weird that happened to you at work today, or just be honest and tell them you’re a little nervous because you find networking a bit awkward. There’s a 50/50 chance that this person feels exactly the same way and will be delighted to chat to somebody on their wavelength, but if you’ve chanced upon an extrovert, relax: they’ll be more than happy to steer the conversation and prod your sales pitch out of you.

There are loads of websites full of networking tips for nervous Normans like us, such as:

But one of the best suggestions I’ve found is contacting / researching people in advance. Go through the guest list, see who you want to meet and read up on them so you’ve got a ready-made icebreaker when you get there. Email them in advance and tell them you’d love to chat on the night. I, for one, fear the unknown in these situations, so having somebody I can seek out and speak to on arrival makes things a little bit easier. Another tip is to get there early. I usually rock up to these things as late as possible so I get minimum face time, but getting there before everybody else and settling in with a drink positions you as the person new arrivals want to talk to. You’ll probably get chatting to the hosts too, because they’ll be standing around waiting for the masses to show up, and you can grill them for some extra insight into who’s coming and what to expect from the event. Plus, you can leave as early as you like because you were the first one there and that always earns brownie points.

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So, if you are the shy and retiring type or you’ve never been to a networking event and think it sounds dreadful, know that I will do my best to make it easier on you if you come to Pollen! Hang out with me until you find somebody better to talk to. I won’t be offended.

I’d love to know what you like or don’t like about networking events and how we could make Pollen even better, especially if you’re an introvert! Leave us a comment and we’ll send you positive vibes.

Siobhan O'Brien Holmes

Something for the weekend

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Bonjour mesdames et messieurs, ca va? Apologies, I spent last weekend in Paris and in my head I’m still there. If you think it’s hard to understand a Yorkshireman, just wait til you have to hear one attempting French. Mayhem.

Anyway, I survived the trip which consisted of eating snails, pastries and drinking fine wine, and made it back to the big smoke ready for another week of hard graft. This week in the life of Bloodybigspider we finally got round to hosting Pollen – the greatest networking event in the world for people working in marcomms. If there’s an award for that out there we’d definitely win it.

In all seriousness it was a fantastic night and it was great to see so many people down there. All of us here at Bloodybigspider met some bloody nice people and we hope to see you again at the next event. My highlight of the night (as well as talking to lots of lovely people) was the little mouse running around trying to do some networking. He was cute but I don’t think anyone was interested in his pitch about cheese. Sorry mouse.

Here’s some delightful Instagrams from the event that was Pollen:

Make sure you stay tuned with us on Twitter and we’ll keep you updated on all things #PollenLondon @bloodybigspider!

Friday evening is upon us, so here’s some of our favourite things from the internet this week:

That’s it for this week mes amis. Don’t forget to comment and share your favourite links with us too!

Happy weekend!

The BBS team


Something for the weekend


This week has been all about cake. And no, not because I’m on my way to obesity. It was in fact because I celebrated another year of being alive. I hate my birthday and always try and keep it quiet, but somehow it escaped my grasp and everyone (in the office) knew about it. I think my badge and party hat gave it away though.

Anyway I’m closer to thirty now than I’ve been in my life and I’m almost half way to retirement. Hurray. Just another 40 years to go.  To celebrate in true style I’ve been on a strict diet of cake and chocolates, and apparently ‘the best pie in London’ from Square Pie in Spitalfields. It was alright.

Even though it’s been my birthday week I’ve been working as hard as ever and have managed to do lots of writing. In some cases too much if I say so myself, I’ve now got blisters on each of my twelve fingers. But yes Bloodybigspider have been bloody busy. And like you folks, we can’t wait to put our feet up for two days.

Oh, and before I forget, it’s Valentine’s Day this weekend so why not do something truly romantic for your loved one and book two tickets for our networking extravaganza on the 25th February. It might not be that romantic, but it’ll sure be a night full of fun. You can book your free tickets here. It’s not just for old romantics either, you can come along if you fancy a cool night of networking with some marcomms experts.

Anyhow, It’s time to have a nosey at some of the things the t’internet’s been keeping us entertained with this week:

That’s your lot for this week gang. Happy Valentine’s Day and all of that.

Happy weekend!

Lots of love

The BBS Team


Something for the weekend


This week the snow finally made its way to the streets of east London. It was a Christmas miracle, just a month or so too late. Unfortunately no snowmen were made featuring carrots in inappropriate places, nor did we get to go sledging.

Anyway, enough about the weather. Like you come here for my snow related updates. It was actually the London bus drivers that ruined my life this week, you know, those folk that get to go on strike whenever they please, just to annoy us commuters. I could walk to work, but I’m too lazy and it’s cold.

The first week of February has already passed and five weeks of 2015 have come and gone. Where does the time go? #Philosophicalmoment.

It’s been a busy week in’t office again, time has literally passed me by. I don’t actually recall leaving my desk and going home, but I must have done as I appear to be wearing different underpants today. I know that because they say ‘Friday’ on them.

We’ve been working extra hard to find some interesting links to keep you entertained this friday evening and beyond, enjoy.

Instagrams of the week:


Don’t forget, our networking event is on the 25th of this month and there’s still a few tickets left. So if you fancy a night of beer and marcomms chit chat then book your ticket now!

Well, that’s it for this week. See you next Friday, world.

Happy weekend!

The BBS team


Something for the weekend


Hola amigos! It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday… sorry.

‘Tis indeed the weekend once again and it’s been an eventful week. That white stuff has been falling pretty much all over the British Isles causing traffic mayhem everywhere. Not that you would have known because no one’s been posting on social media… oh actually they have. I’ve seen more updates about snow this week than I care for.

It’s not as exciting as it was back in the day when I was a lad. You got a day off school because the boiler broke, that was something to shout about! Now it’s just a freezing cold commute that takes about two hours longer than it should. I’m sure there’ll be more exciting snow news to come as the winter continues to ruin my life.

Fortunately for us, the streets of Whitechapel remained snow-free and we were able to work tirelessly into the night. That’s dedication.

This week us copyrighting cool kids have been coming up with some catchy taglines and hashtags, as well as working on another bloody big project which we can’t talk about yet. I’ve had the pleasure of playing on a new language learning app for kids, which made the days even more entertaining. I can now count to five in French, Arabic, Spanish and Mandarin. #multilingual

If you didn’t know already, we’re hosting our very own networking event for you nice people working in marcomms and we’d love you to join us. There’s still some free tickets left so don’t forget to sign up while you can.

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… here’s some of our favourite links from’t t’internet this week:

Instagrams of the week:

That’s it for this week folks, have a smashing weekend!
Stay classy,
The BBS team