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Your May 2022 Guide

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As always, we're bringing you the best in events across creative, digital and tech industries this May!

Whether you’re looking for some remote-upskilling or a network event to help connect you with industry professionals, we’ve got them all.


Lunch and Learn: How to best use social media for your business

4 May 2022, 12:00 - 12:30 - Online

Enterprise Nation is hosting Lunch and Learn webinars as part of the StartUp UK campaign, to provide you with practical and informative sessions all about starting a business. Interviewing guests from the worlds of enterprise and policy, these free webinars will help you get your questions answered.

This Lunch and Learn is with social media expert, Fin Wycherley, an accredited Facebook marketing partner and trainer. Fin works with ambitious startups to confidently master and implement online marketing tools, strategies, ads and tactics step by step.

Fin will be demonstrating the best tools for the job when it comes to utilising social media for a startup, highlighting the best strategies for each platform and the best onboarding processes to nurture sales.


Building Resilience to Pressure – NABS

4 May 2022, 09:30 - 13:45 – Online

This session will equip you with the long-term tools you need to approach pressured or stressful situations in a more positive and productive way.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify the difference between pressure and anxiety and how these can lead to stress

  • Recognise the emotional perceptions and symptoms that cause stress and how behavioural triggers & limiting beliefs impact our responses

  • Ways to take positive control of limiting thinking patterns and behaviours to give back control of situations


Reset. Restart: Renew your business purpose

4 May 2022, 09:30 - 11:00 – Online

With so many factors out of your control in recent times, all businesses have needed to pivot and adapt to make it through.

About this event

With so many factors out of your control in recent times, all businesses have needed to pivot and adapt to make it through.

Your cash flow and customer base are really important, but how are you? Your mind-set, passion, resourcefulness and life-balance are also key.

We recognise how leading your own business offers fulfilment and the chance to deliver social good. We invite you to join us and renew that commitment to your business purpose and unlock new energy and motivation to help overcome whatever challenges or opportunities lay ahead.

This energising session takes a tour of the Soul Trader principles; Clarity, Customers, Courage, Co-operation, Creativity, Conversations, Compassion, and Change. You will gain practical exercises to take away and use in your business every day.


Build Engaging Presentations with Google

4 May 2022, 14:00 - 15:00

Planning your presentation can help your delivery appear more natural and engaging.

Learn how different storytelling techniques, presentation materials, and delivery styles can improve how you give presentations to others.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to build and structure a presentation

  • Tools you can use to create effective presentation materials

  • Techniques for honing your delivery style


Character and Creature Creation

4 May 2022, 17:00 - 17:30 - Online

This session is led by Escape Studios tutor, Michael Davies.

In this demonstration, join Escape's experts, looking at Facial Anatomy and how this can be used to help create a character from a 2D concept.


Communication - Professional Workshop

4 May 2022, 17:00 - 19:00 – Paid

Good communication skills are indispensable in the modern workplace. The nature of work itself has changed over recent decades to become more collaborative and team-based than ever before, whilst organisations themselves are increasingly more networked, democratic and less hierarchical. This puts an ever higher premium on the ability to communicate with honesty, charm and clarity.

In this two-hour session, you will:

Consider the obstacle of assumptions, and the difficulty of knowing whether we are communicating effectively

Practise “teaching” others effectively, getting beyond emotional barriers and resistance to new information

Practise “learning” effectively, parsing out what others are really trying to convey

Practise listening deeply and showing that we are paying attention


Leadership skills for digital marketers

4 May 2022, 18:00 - 19:00 - Online

Join this taster class from Alt Marketing School. In our training and certifications, you'll combine soft skills, leadership and storytelling with marketing frameworks and systems.

As a digital marketer, you need a large and diverse range of hard and soft skills. Some require deep and comprehensive knowledge. Others may be less critical or easy to pick up—and, as always, there are a few that somehow slip through the cracks.

Develop leadership skills that compliment your everyday efforts as a marketer.

This workshop is for marketers and professionals looking to build their brand and individuals interested in starting a career in digital marketing.

​Define your strengths and weaknesses and create an effective plan of action with prompts and ideas you can action straight away.


Feature writing and digital storytelling with Jon Henley

4 May 2022, 18:30 - 21:00 – Paid

Senior Guardian writer Jon Henley reveals how to make the most of digital journalism

Online reporting means news now travels as fast as a story develops. This illuminating evening course, led by senior Guardian writer Jon Henley, explores the opportunities created by digital platforms, and how you can use them to generate and tell powerful stories.

Whether you’re new to journalism or want to update your digital skillset, this class is a fantastic opportunity to soak up insights from one of the Guardian’s most respected journalists. Using examples from some of the Guardian’s award-winning multimedia reporting projects, Jon will show you how to use the tools offered by social media and the web to research, report and relay stories that make a difference.

You’ll also learn what it is that makes a really great feature, whether it’s published online or in print, as well as how to craft strong, attention-grabbing intros, combine hard information with engaging detail and colour, and structure your articles to make sure your audience stays with you to the end.


#SheMeansBusiness: Reach your audience with personalised ads

5 May 2022, 14:00 - 14:45 – Online

Grow and strengthen your business online with support from our accredited #SheMeansBusiness trainers, trained by Facebook.

About this event

Reach your audience with personalised Ads with accredited #SheMeansBusiness trainer Lucy Hall.


Visual Effects Production Taster Day with Escape Studios

5 May 2022, 17:00 - 18:00 - Online

Production teams live at the heart of all VFX and Animation projects and there is huge demand for new talent across the whole sector.

This taster is designed to give you an insight into the VFX industry and the production roles which are currently available as well as an overview of the course itself which has been designed alongside our industry partners to give you the fundamental skills required to enter the industry.


3D VFX Beginners Taster with Escape Studios

5 May 2022, 18:30 - 19:30 – Online

Embarking on a new visual effects journey? Learn from the best in studio with an introduction to 3D VFX techniques. Learn skills such as creating simple geometry, UV’s, texturing, bump maps, lighting, animation, basic compositing and rendering, as well as an introduction to the CG pipeline and the range of career choices you can aim to specialise in.


Roundtable: On Photography

5 May 2022, 18:00 - 19:00 – Paid

What is the state of photography today? What opportunities does it provide in its practice, display and critique to think about the present moment?

In this inaugural edition of On Photography, we will look at and debate the role of photography now — in a time of widespread political, social and economic uncertainty and flux. With contributions from leading curators, photographers, artists and writers, including members from the jury for Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2022, this roundtable discussion gives insight into the most pressing concerns currently facing practitioners — and the industry more widely — and explores what considerations need to be made when representing the moment we are in.

Featuring contributions from Anne-Marie Beckmann (Director, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation), Sarah Meister (Executive Director, Aperture), writer and curator Simon Njami, and editor and writer Thyago Nogueira. Moderated by Kim Shaw (Executive Director, Photofusion). Introduction by Brett Rogers (Director, The Photographers' Gallery).

Details on how to access the talk will be confirmed upon registration.


AIGA Design + Business Conference

4 May 2022, 09:00 - Fri, 6 May 2022, 18:00 – Paid

Fueling growth, delivering brand loyalty, and creating cultural impact and meaningful social change—design is at the heart of every successful business. Join us virtually at the AIGA Design + Business Conference to see firsthand how design is impacting businesses in measurable ways.

Take a deep dive into the creative process as we discuss 12 notable, impactful, and innovative projects from the teams that created them. Uncover insights to understand what drove successful collaboration and communication, listen to their process, and explore the decisions that informed the final product. We’re interested in the “how” and “why” behind the “what.”


Lunch and Learn: 5 top tips to instantly improve your written content

6 May 2022, 12:00 - 12:30 – Online

In an increasingly online world, our words are more powerful than ever when it comes to promoting our business and connecting with our potential customers…but it can sometimes feel overwhelming knowing what to say, and how to say it.

Victoria Brown, content and copywriting specialist, has created 5 easy secret rules to instantly uplevel your writing, to connect better with your audience and make it easier and more fun. Join this Lunch and Learn to find out more about the 'social sprinkles', which you can apply to your copy to instantly give your writing colour and crunch.


SIC Career Clinic

9 May 2022, 12:00 - 13:00

Are you a professional who works around their chronic illness or disability? Is your chronic illness or disability holding you back from your dream career or that promotion you’ve been craving? Does discussing your condition at work seem impossible? Are you nervous about opening up with your colleagues and superiors?

At SIC, we host a monthly career drop-in event where attendees will have a safe space to ask questions, discuss with peers and work through any issues that they are facing, either in their current workplace, or getting into work in general.


Identity - for entrepreneurs + freelancers

10 May 2022, 18:30 - 21:00 – Paid - 2, Television Centre, 101 Wood Ln, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7FR, UK

Join  modelme for an empowering conversation around how you can really get to know who you are, what your identity is, and what that looks like in your working life.

Expect to hear great conversations by a range of freelancers to help you understand your identity and come away with a toolkit to help you develop further, in an encouraging, safe space. The talk will have lots of workshop elements, so we encourage you to bring a pen and paper!

Shelley Collins, host, is a personal + life coach with over 20 years experience of coaching individuals to help them really discover their value and worth.


User Experience Design: Foundations with Academy Xi

19 Apr 2022, 15:00 - Wed, 11 May 2022, 15:00 - Paid

UX Design is a booming field with an expected market growth of 18.9% by 2024. This course is ideal if you’re curious about this in-demand discipline and want to quench your curiosity by learning its fundamentals.

There are no prerequisites required for this course. It is ideal for:

Students who want to learn the basics of UX Design concepts, frameworks and tools.

Students interested in a fully flexible short-course, where they can learn independently and at their own pace.


Web3 with We Are Social

11 May 2022, 14:00 - 15:00 - Free

In 2021, it felt like we experienced an overnight technological revolution.

From the fringes of the internet, swathes of new terms became mainstays in the marketing press and mainstream media alike, rushing to alleviate the tensions of our new reality in a mid- to post-Covid world. Bitcoin’s market value surpassed $1 trillion, the NFT gold rush was kicked off by Beeple, and Meta’s rebrand from Facebook hailed in conversations around the metaverse.

We saw Google searches for web3, NFTs, cryptocurrencies and the metaverse spike, as people rushed to understand what any of this actually meant – for both individuals and society. Was decentralisation going to change the way we banked? Would NFTs be the next brand channel? How long until we’re all living in VR?

This two-part global webinar series is aimed at brands looking to figure out where their place lies within the web3 landscape. You will need to sign up for both tickets if you wish to attend both sessions.


Positive impact marketing strategy

11 May 2022, 18:00 - 19:00 - Online

​Marketing with purpose - learn how to connect with people behind the screens harnessing the power of a positive impact marketing strategy. Foster trustworthy and honest relationships online (and turn this into a powerful tactic you can grow and evolve). Share your journey online to inspire leadership and stand out in the feed.

In this interactive and hands-on way to build a strong relationship with ideal customers, you will dive headfirst into the pillars of positive impact marketing. Skill up with exercises, and have the foundations to adapt your marketing with confidence.


RISE: FOR CREATIVITY 2022 with special guest Reni Eddo-Lodge

12 May 2022, 09:00 - 17:00 – Paid

RISE 2022 is community-led and for the next generation of creative and marketing leaders. It’s a top-down, grass-roots up cyclical movement to clear the pathways to leadership. This way ALL voices can influence culture, creative, campaigns and communities.

All change-makers are welcome.


Writing short stories: An intensive four-week course with Shelley Weiner

23 Apr 2022, 14:00 - Sat, 14 May 2022, 14:00 - Paid

Learn how to generate ideas, build your structure and craft your short stories in this four-week course with author Shelly Weiner.

Short stories are a funny thing. While technically shorter in length than novels or novellas, they have the power to hold just as much detail, world and story as their larger counterparts. This can make them tricky to construct, as they need to communicate character, tension, conflict and resolution.

If you enjoy reading short stories, or have turned your hand at writing them but would value some expert guidance, this course with Shelley Weiner is your tonic. Over four intense and stimulating virtual sessions, she will draw on her wealth of experience as an author, mentor and creative writing tutor, to guide and inspire you through the process. Through close examination of a selection of both classic and contemporary short stories, paired with practical exercises, you will identify - and demystify - the techniques used by great exponents of the genre, and learn how to craft your own stories.

You’ll see your ideas through from generation to conception, building your structure, finding and amplifying your voice, and shaping your plot. During each live lesson, selected texts will be used as springboards to guide you through the aspect of craft under discussion.


London - The creative city in a post pandemic world

15 May 2022, 15:00 - 15:45 - The Gateway Pavilions London SE10 0QE

Cities are the true fonts of creativity, housing diverse populations, dense social networks and open public spaces where people can meet and exchange ideas freely. They are dense, messy, unrestrained and excitingly cosmopolitan. Cities are where ‘strangers meet’ and find common ground.

Over the last couple of years, with the world turned on its head, the role of the city has been shaken. As we face major challenges when it comes to rapid urbanisation, ageing populations, climate change and increasing lack of affordable housing, we must ask ourselves, what is the role of the city? And more specifically, what is the role of London - what purpose does it serve and who is it for?



4 May 2022, 10:30 - Sun, 15 May 2022, 17:30

How do you tell a story visually? What makes a film a film, and not TV? We could say a "real" movie is one that's mostly comprehensible with the sound turned off. But where do we start? In this 2-day workshop, director Josh Appignanesi takes participants shot by shot into the heart of cinema

Though introductory in nature, the workshop would also benefit those with some prior filmmaking experience. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to analysing participants’ own work. Participants are therefore encouraged to bring along an example of their own work - preferably a short film in DVD format with a maximum running time of 10 minutes. Josh will address as many projects as he can within the allotted time.


HOSB X I Like Networking: Discovery Series

17 May 2022, 18:30 - 21:00 – 1 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NQ, UK - Paid

This is a unique opportunity to network with likeminded individuals and give each other support, advice and insight into a specific topic.

Isabel Sachs will interview Tatum Karmen Swithenbank, a queer, disabled creative, specialising in radio & podcasting and accessibility & inclusion. Their work explores identity, disability, creativity and folklore.

Each ticket is £15 and will include a drink on arrival, Q&A with a top industry expert and the opportunity to network and engage with your community.


Time to Talk: Women in Design with Right Aligned

18 May 2022, 11:00 - 12:00 – Online

We are passionate about inspiring the creators of tomorrow by talking to those that work in design today and in this series of events we will openly and honestly discuss the issues that creative people regularly face. We will be looking at topics including mental health, imposter syndrome and self–doubt because we believe that by exploring the challenges and addressing the barriers we can build a stronger future for everyone.

In this event we will be discussing Women in Design including the experiences of our three-person panel, the challenges they've faced and how the industry can do better. We are proud to announce that joining us for this event will be: Coralie Carre (Design Director), Maisie Benson (Senior Designer), Rebecca Duncan (Freelance Designer).


CMI Women Conference: Leadership After Covid - The Opportunity and Ambition

19 May 2022 - 10:00 – 17:00 - Paid 

CMI's first live event since the pandemic will provide a fascinating insight into the challenges that leaders and managers need to get to grips with if we're to truly make the decade after Covid a game changer.

CMI Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO will be attending the event. This is in conjunction with Alison Rose (CEO, Natwest), Pinky Lilani (acclaimed international women's champion), Stella Creasy MP providing their insights together with views from Rob Baker (founder of Potentia Talent Consulting Limited) and a number of other inspiring female and male speakers.


How to Be Confident - Virtual Class with School of Life

27 May 2022 - 18:30 – 21:00 - Paid

The difference between success and failure often hangs on a humiliatingly small and elusive trait that standard education never touches: confidence.

We spend vast amounts of time acquiring confidence in narrow professional fields, while overlooking the primordial need to acquire a more wide-ranging variety of confidence which can serve us across a range of tasks in our professional and personal lives.

 Leave the class equipped with a range of confidence-inducing ideas to allow you to escape the shackles of excessive hesitancy and compliance.