On Thursday night I had the pleasure of attending the Margaret Horn lecture (United World, Entrepreneurial Leaders) which was hosted by LEYF. In brief Margret Horn, was the founder of LEYF when it was then called the ‘Westminster Health Society’.
June O’Sullivan, CEO of LEYF, eloquently chaired the evening.
It was an inspiring event and I listened attentively to three key note speakers; Greg Kyle-Langley who shared his insight on One Young World, an organisation that brings together the young people from around the world, Tom Sweetman, from Sticky Board, shared his dedication on bringing local communities together and finally Paul Spinks, a Manager from Bright Horizons and co-Chair of the London Men in Childcare. Paul spoke passionately about the importance and challenges of men working with young children within early years.
Paul Spinks – Key Note
Another key discussion was how we, as a sector, can come together to share and collaborate together in a meaningful way.
However, I had to motivate myself to attend this event as I returned home after a day of meetings to pack my bag for a training event the next day. Who honestly wants to leave their warm home, especially on a cold dark night?
But I am so glad that I did attend as the evening was informative, engaging and inspiring on many different levels.
It was also great to see some familiar faces within early years and, more importantly, I connected and shared with a range of individuals, for example a colleague who works with young fathers and partners of colleagues.
With this in mind, do you network on a regular basis within early years/education and outside of our early years/education world?
It is very important to network to share, collaborate, challenge and open up a dialogue with others.
As well as attending early years events, I frequently attend non early years events, such as my local residents’ meeting where I listen to Reg talking with pride about his stories from being in the army during World War II.
We can learn so much from each other, by connecting in a meaningful and productive way.
During the evening, June kindly gave me the opportunity to share the topical #EYTalking, which is the weekly discussion that takes place on Twitter, on a Tuesday evening from 8:00pm – 9:00pm for the early years/education community.
I am pleased to say that we have had colleagues joining us on a Tuesday evening from as far as the USA, Australia and Canada!
Twitter is another powerful way that we can share ideas and discuss via social media. In fact on Tuesday, 19th November, we will continue to discuss how we can open up a dialogue on an international level with our colleagues from around the world.
So my challenge to you is to set yourself a goal to network and connect with others and find out about what is going on in our world and hear the professional and personal stories of others which will enhance your knowledge and inform your practice.
You may wish to set yourself a goal that you attend, for example, at least one networking event every month.
So, what are you waiting for?
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