It’s party time. Unfortunately, it is not mine. I was asked to design some oversized mockups of cover art for a magazine’s outdoor launch. I was happy to attend. In fact, I wanted to get there early to make sure the lighting was right and that my work looked good. Once I was satisfied, I could relax and enjoy the festivities. They had gone all out with live music and wonderful catered food. I ran into the chief executive who had hired me at the hors d’oeuvre bar and we got to talking. He was focused on me such that I felt that another job was in the offering.

Who doesn’t love a good party. I can put up with the speeches and awards, but there is something to say for people in a good mood eating delicacies. Several local officials were invited and a few minor celebs. This meant photographers galore. However, at one point during the event, the Bluetooth speakers stopped working. The venue sent their Outdoor Light and Sound team to the rescue but they seemed to take forever in coming. What could be wrong? These speakers are wireless and portable. I had to take a look. I have seen them many times before. After a few minutes of interruption in the sound system for the band, I had the device up and running. Someone had placed a heavy object on the main cord that attached two speakers. I took a photo and posted it on Facebook, of course.

The party continued in full swing and I loved the music. It was difficult to talk but there was an outside patio for that purpose. The same executive I spoke with earlier approached me with a plan. Yes, it was about another job. He described it in detail and asked about my ideas. I smiled as I said that I would love to reveal them as soon as I had them in my head. He laughed. I had imbibed a few drinks and wasn’t in a position to think about work.

Let me tell you about the new direction of the magazine, he said. I was all ears. He would need a considerable amount of freelance work as his inhouse graphic designer was completely overloaded. Perhaps they would consider a full-time job. I like working on my own, however, and didn’t encourage this topic. I would be flattered, of course, but frankly I loathe giving up my freedom. His wife came over to introduce herself so I was released from the obligation to respond to an employment offer. We talked about this and that and returned to the main room to enjoy more of the music.

You never know what can happen at a party. Each and every one is an opportunity to network. Unless you are just having a gathering of friends, I would encourage all of you to attend business events whenever you can. Get on the local mailing lists in your community. It is a smart career move no matter what field you are in.