I don't blame you ,its a usual case that so many people fear to talk about What they do in public thinking it really does not matter to the world, Listen this is a grave mistake individuals make when it comes to Social Events
Like the wise saying goes "No man is an Island" this stands to be true because an isolated man is in a wilderness of ideas and opportunities.
It was in the evening of Thursday 5th March 2015 when I set off for Village Mall Bugolobi, Kampala Uganda for the Information Communication Technology Association of Uganda (ICTAU) Local Area Network(LAN) social event. Being a guy that tries to get to the venue on time ,I got there 20 minutes to the indicated time. Little did I know this was the evening that was going to link me to the Brains behind the latest innovations in the Technological space in Uganda and East Africa at large.
Just to give you a feel, can you imagine sharing an evening with the brains behind UGO Uganda, PC tech founder Albert Mucunguzi, QED Solutions Director, ICTAU General Secretary, School Master Solutions Director, Rocket Internet Ventures (Jumia, Jovago, Hello Food, Kaymu Ug and Lamudi) ,Elite Digital Solutions, BDE consults and Xtreme Hygiene Solutions to mention but a few. I am certain that anybody that is looking for opportunities and ways to improve on their current status of their service provision would have loved to spend an evening with these Fellows who have set up a trend to simplify the Lives of People at all levels.
One would ask how much it cost me to spend an evening with these Sharp individuals, the answer is quite shocking, It was absolutely "Free" all you needed was to carry yourself to the venue and just wonder how a Social Event turns out to be an evening of Opportunities. Truth be told I am not an expert if IT because I have been working for a Spirits and Beer Company (Uganda Breweries) all my time up to date but I am deeply Passionate about Technology and related Spheres.
Slowly but steadily the number of attendees increased and There was a very strong voice saying "This event is not about anything but Social Networking" I therefore call upon all of us to come up to the microphone introduce ourselves and say a few things about what you do and the reason you are here" said the Master of Ceremony. In her book the LinkedIn CODE ,this is what Melonie Dodaro call a golden opportunity to break out and get known. I now guess if you are reading this article you are imagining what you would have said on that day but unfortunately you did not attend or You attended but FEARED thinking what you do is really not important.
I don't blame you ,its a usual case that so many people fear to talk about What they do in public thinking it really does not matter to the world, Listen this is a grave mistake individuals make when it comes to Social Events.
Just before the event came to an end we had an opportunity to exchange contacts and business cards and as I write this article I have about 35 contacts on my LinkedIn network who I got to meet on that wonderful occasion of "ICTAUgLAN" Networking Event. Its at this moment I therefore call upon you who is reading this article to Help your friends, workmates and close associates to embrace the Power of Social Networking and stop ignoring Social Events around your Communities and regions. Rest assured they will Thank You Later.
By Mwebya Fred
on twitter @Ugaman01