by Illesse Uppal
Having never attended a Comms Camp – or unconference – before, I gingerly made my way over to the giant foam finger waiting for me at New Street, my brain buzzing with thoughts of ‘what will it be like?’… ‘Will I get anything out of it?’… ‘What if I suddenly forget how to network?!’
My nervous energy began to be dissipate however as I was met with friendly faces and an air of excitement as we made our way over to the venue. I even made a few friends on the walk over.
Having no idea what to expect, the day exceeded my expectations and reminded me exactly what I love about working in comms.
From the innovative ideas flying back and forth, the open and honest atmosphere surrounding the talks and the eagerness to get back to the office and try out some of the ideas.
Over a week later and I am still on a high from the event. Networking with likeminded individuals not only gave me various campaign ideas to use back at work, but also allowed me to have meaningful conversations with people who share the same passion.
I have renewed zeal in my day job, and I am looking forward to putting forward some of the ideas I picked up on the day.
With just over two years in comms, I felt a bit inexperienced compared to others, however it was clear that it didn’t matter as long as I brought an open mind and enthusiasm to the table. I walked in to Comms Camp some what of a novice and walked out feeling like a Comms aficionado.
It’s safe to say I am already counting down the days until next year’s event.
Illesse Uppal is is marketing advisor at West Midlands Employers.