“You’re not doing business. You’re building relationships. As soon as you put yourself into that mentality, you’re automatically thinking long-term.” - Eebs Berenstein
In March, I was invited to peopl, an underlit gem in Old Montreal, for a talk on branding and entrepreneurial identity. The evening began discreetly; some friendly banter with an ex-coworker followed by a bit of mingling with the person she had just met. Then, a second catch-up session with a friend I hadn’t talked to in ages, then a third with one I hadn’t seen in even longer. Throw in a half-dozen conversations exchanged with the strangers they had each come with and – all of a sudden – I had connected with a handful of creatives, two talkative photographers, a highbrow wrestler, someone who had hand-crafted their own business cards, and a hug-crazed sex educator (spoiler: two of these are the same person)
All this to say that as much as I learned from the event’s speaker, what I really remember taking away on that evening was the energy; it lit up the room. I can’t recall the last time people had been surrounded by that much perpetual positivity; it made you want to walk up to a every single person and listen to what they had to say, but not before you introduced them to the unusually stimulating stranger you had just met a minute ago. And I think that’s very much the point behind Game Changers. Sure, it’s for networking and getting to know your city’s influencers but it’s also about learning to bank on yourself, trusting that others are right there to do the same.