The ASE is pleased to present the second workshop funded by NSW Small Business month 2022


2 hour workshop – online
15th March at 7-9 pm


I HATE NETWORKING is a surprisingly fun event designed to encourage creative people to get to know each other, while acknowledging the horror, and sharing a few tips at the same time. While it’s a vital skill in the creative industries, many practitioners consider networking to be the stuff of nightmares. I HATE NETWORKING combines education with the opportunity to practice in a safe and friendly environment, while embracing the discomfort of the whole process and having a laugh.

Tips that will be shared include:

  • Success is before you start – preparing before the event;
  • Mastering the art of the introduction;
  • Overcoming shyness, awkwardness and the urge to run away;
  • Dealing with wankers and other difficult people;
  • Getting the all-important follow-up right.

You'll learn how to network in the first half of the session, and practice your skills in the second half.

What do I get?  All participants of this workshop also receive:

  • Lifetime access to a dedicated Dropbox folder jam packed with resources;
  • Access to additional free webinars to supplement the material covered in the workshop;
  • The possibility of further one-to-one business advice, mentoring and support from one of our creative industries business specialist advisors.

Who is presenting?

​​Monica Davidson is an award-winning expert on the creative industries, who began her professional life as a freelance journalist and filmmaker. In 2014 Monica completed her Masters degree in Screen Arts and Business at AFTRS, and was appointed as the first NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor by the Department of Industry. Shortly after she founded the social enterprise Creative Plus Business, which is dedicated to educating creative people about small business and marketing skills. In 2019, Monica was awarded the QUT Creative Enterprise Australia award for being a Creative Trailblazer that “advocates, mentors, donates, educates and advises within Australia’s creative economy”. Monica continues to work as a writer, filmmaker and occasional performer.