PDX Women Chefs & Restaurateurs

March Communications Workshop by Amanda
March 16, 2009, 11:05 pm
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Following up on the popularity and robust content of the last meeting, and heeding the wails of “When will I ever find time to write my bio?” — we’re going to have a working session this month. My friend Amanda has graciously offered to host everyone at her lovely Craftsman home in NE Irvington.

Volunteers will work with you in small groups to help attendees develop drafts of these PR essentials:

  • Your bio (“about me” — a critical piece of your press kit and web site or blog)
  • Elevator pitch (succinct summary of your food business or professional interests)
  • How to write a press release
  • Communications timeline (plot out your PR/marketing opportunities over the next 12 months)

Here’s the framework:

  • 5:30-6:  People show up with hors d’ouerves and wine donations
  • 6-7:30: Small group activities, with each group working on 20-30 minutes on one of the above assignments before rotating to the next one
  • 7:30-8: People who want to can share what they wrote and ask for group feedback

Depending on the size of the turnout, we may not get through all four of these topics, but we can probably do at least three of them.

Don’t think you need the workshop?

If your business is mature and you don’t feel the need to work on this, come for the networking. If you don’t have a business to promote because you are working in foodservice or are currently looking for work, come to hone your personal pitch or pick up some business skills (and network).

It’s an appetizer & drinks potluck

Because we want the bulk of the time to focus on the workshop, we’re curtailing the call for food. Please bring some simple hors d’ouerves or wine (or some other beverage) — and we’ll nibble and drink through the evening while we work.

Details and RSVP link

  • Monday, March 30, 2009
  • 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Bring: pad of paper and pen (or laptop), and any reference materials you think you might need. We’ll have templates for each activity, courtesy of Lizzy Caston
  • RSVP here to see the address & phone number (in NE Portland)