IPRA Holiday Luncheon is coming up on December 1

Thursday, December 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., IPRA Holiday Luncheon, Maggiano’s Restaurant, Tysons II-Galleria, Vienna, VA, $35

What you get for your money:  This is the best value on the holiday party circuit.  You really get an outstanding, sit-down Italian meal with dessert and coffee.  You will not leave hungry.

Networking potential: Excellent. Don’t arrive late because a lot of mingling happens before lunch, and after lunch, people clear out quickly.  You’ll have a chance to say hello to old friends and meet a few new people before lunch.  About 50 people attend who almost never go on Twitter.  At the lunch table, expect convivial conversation with eight experienced communicators and plenty of sharing, with maybe a little table hopping around dessert.  I have obtained juicy projects from networking at these luncheons.

What to expect:  This is a warm gathering of experienced, independent communications consultants who live in the DC suburbs — most in their late 30s to early 60s.  They know each other well but who also welcome new comers.  A couple of sponsors or vendors also typically attend.  Few people drink, the ones who do get one glass of wine.  Expect to chip in money or a check for the charity.  There are the customary announcements and thank you’s from the group’s leaders.  The restaurant’s in a mall so parking is free.

What to wear:  Men wear dark suits and Christmas ties.  Women wear dressy suits, tailored dresses, or Christmas sweaters and dress trousers.  There is plenty of sparkle and lots of photo taking.

Should you go?  YES.  This event sells out for a reason.  The food alone would be a good reason to go but there are also very nice holiday decorations and some great photo ops.   You’ll hear some great stories and probably make some good friends.  If you’re under 35, though, you may feel out of place among these seasoned communicators.  If you’re just starting your own communications consulting business, or you want to target these consultants as clients, this is a must-attend event for you.

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About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a public relations and marketing consultant, and owns Fletcher Prince (www.FletcherPrince.com). Follow Mary on Twitter @FletcherPrince.

Posted on November 21, 2011, in Events and Workshops and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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