Two giveaways, help the koalas, network for free, and the musings of a Seattle bus driver (Weekly Pocket Roundup)

By Keridwyn Deller

Welcome to another Weekly Pocket Roundup,  a potpourri of events, experiences, giveaways, things to do while staying in, and other quality content.

YES, it’s time for another movie ticket giveaway! Keep reading to discover how you can easily enter to win two tickets to see a movie at Pacific Place this February.

Speaking of giveaways – how about a Burlesque giveaway?!

Some of the very best comedic burlesque performers are coming to The Triple Door this February (13-16, to be exact) for J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine! Re-imagined every year, this is a delightful way to your valentine’s day weekend. I’ve taken dates and friends to this show over the years…get your pals together and go! They are hosting a giveaway right now (you can enter on their Facebook post and Instagram post). P.S. Cherdonna is in the show!

Auction items for Australia:

An awesome woman named Jill Gallagher is hosting auctions on Facebook to raise money for Australian organizations Red Cross and Wires to help with the devastation from the fires. Thanks to my pal Rachel Miller for sharing this group with me. You can check it out and bid on what you want here.  P.S. I love online auctions for good causes!

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Shows I’ve been enjoying lately:

I hear “The Good Place” has it’s series finale episode happening soon. If you haven’t checked this comedy out yet, start with season 1 episode 1 and give it a couple episodes. It’s delightful and clever. I also enjoyed the weirdness that is “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch.” Not all of the numbers were my cup of tea but those that were are worthy of a rewatch. Thanks for being weird, John. P.S. JustWatch is a site/app that makes it easy to discover where the shows and movies you want to see are currently streaming.

A blog from a Seattle bus driver:

Shout out to Seattle bus driver Eric who not only gets us around town safely but also shares his stories on his blog Transit Transient and Other Stories. Check out his blog and enjoy a unique perspective of the city and the people on the bus.  Thanks for submitting my blog via my contact form, Eric and for the care you give our community through your work. P.S. I’m so grateful for my Metro bus route that gets me from home to my office!

Free networking event:

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free event on February 18, 2020: Level Up Your Networking Game. Details here. In their own words: “Join us at the next Elevate NW Series for a “Networkshop”, led by Alan Alabastro, photographer and networking expert. He’ll go over the basic dos and don’ts in making new business connections and offer advice on how to follow up afterward. Plus, you’ll have a chance to try out these tips in real-time, as you hone your skills with other attendees.” P.S. I’ll be at a Hypnotherapy conference in Vegas – but you should go!

Ready to enter to win two movie tickets to see The Photograph at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle?

I’m giving away three pairs of tickets to see The Photograph at AMC Pacific Place at 7pm on February 12, 2020.  Enter via the form here (plus you can get bonus entries on my Facebook post). Three winners will win a pair of tickets each!

About the film:

When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae Morton (Issa Rae) hurt, angry and full of questions. When a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box is found, Mae finds herself on a journey delving into her mother’s early life and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with a rising-star journalist, Michael Block (LaKeith Stanfield).

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmicB3J1emw

P.S. The seats at AMC Pacific Place are adjustable and so comfortable!

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Got something for me to consider for a future Seattle Pockets post or round up? Contact me here. I’d love to hear from you in the comments or via my contact form about what you’d like me to cover in the future or giveaway, whether it’s your own business, event, or product, or simply something you’re a fan of.  

Call for submission: experiences and products in Seattle

Thanks for being a Seattle Pockets reader! I’m so glad you enjoy following along with my blog.

I’m going to start a weekly round up series, listing a mix of events, experiences (both in Seattle area and things to do at home like books and podcasts), and products.

If YOU have something you want me to consider sharing in a future round up, let me know!

Maybe you’re associated with the org or shop providing the experience or product, or maybe you’re just a big fan and want to spread the word!

Drop me a line via my contact form, message me on Facebook, or post in the comments below.

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Giveaway: Toast of Seattle networking event on Capitol Hill this January

By Keridwyn Deller

The Toast of Seattle is back on January 17, 2020. If you’re a regular reader of Seattle Pockets blog, you know that this is my favorite networking event in town, because of the cleverly designed structure that allows you to connect comfortably and easily with at least other 20 attendees.

This time around, Toast will be at the Silver Cloud Hotel on Broadway on Capitol Hill on January 17th. You’ll get breakfast with the event along with those good feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes with effective and fun networking.

Be sure to bring at least 20 business cards with you!

Read on for your chance to get a free ticket for this wonderfully formatted networking morning event.

Why is Toast of Seattle so special? The format. You start by finding a table to sit at while you enjoy breakfast. Then, after some opening remarks, you will network in a sort-of “speed-dating” inspired way (though it doesn’t feel rushed. Each person has 2 minutes to talk about their business. At the end of the round, everyone changes tables (you open up an envelope that shows you what table to go to next, no decision making required) and starts again. They guarantee you meet over 20 people in 2 hours. The structure makes networking efficient, productive, fun, and easy. It’s introduced me to some great people and I have learned a lot about other wonderful organizations in this great city of ours.

Early-bird priced tickets are available now.

To enter to win a ticket to attend this great event follow these easy steps:

 

1) Comment on this blog post

2) Comment on my Facebook post at fb.com/seattlepockets  (tag friends and/or tell me why you’re excited to network more this month)

2)  RSVP interested or going on the Facebook event page 

That’s it! If you aren’t on Facebook, you can still enter by leaving a comment on this blog post and signing up to get emails when future posts are published.

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Giveaway ends 1/7/2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. All local, state, and federal rules apply.

Giveaway: Tickets to Seattle Networking event in November

Toast of Seattle (my all-time favorite Seattle networking event) returns November 8 at Hilton Seattle on 6th Avenue in downtown Seattle. You’ll get breakfast and will get to experience their well designed networking structure so that you’ll leave having met at least 20 other people who attend.

Read on for your chance to get a free ticket for this wonderfully formatted networking morning event.

Why is Toast of Seattle so special? The format. You start by finding a table to sit at while you enjoy breakfast. Then, after some opening remarks, you will network in a sort-of “speed-dating” inspired way: each person has 2 minutes to talk about their business. At the end of the round, everyone changes tables (you open up an envelope that shows you what table to go to next, no decision making required) and starts again. They guarantee you meet over 20 people in 2 hours. The structure makes networking efficient, productive, fun, and easy. It’s introduced me to some great people and I have learned a lot about other wonderful organizations in this great city of ours.

Early-bird priced tickets are available now through October 31 here.

To enter to win a ticket to attend this great event follow these three steps

1:  Make sure you’re signed up to receive SeattlePockets.com emails. See the “Sign Up for Blog Emails” box  – on the right at seattlepockets.com on a computer or after scrolling down past this post on your mobile device. (If it says “Thanks for Following” you’ve already signed up to get emails. Just make sure they aren’t going to your spam folder.)

2Comment on this blog post and let me know the first and last name on Facebook OR comment on my Facebook post here.

3:  RSVP interested or going on the Facebook event page.   That’s it!

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Photo via Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce website.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm Pacific Time 10/25/19.

Why you might want a “Follow” button on your personal Facebook page (and how to add one)

Did you know you can add a “Follow” button to your PERSONAL Facebook page?

Here’s why you likely will want one, plus HOW to add one. 

 
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Why to add a follow button to your Personal Facebook Page

If you already know WHY, scroll down to “HOW to add a Follow Button” below.

Your personal Facebook page is the one you use to connect with friends. Adding a Follow button allows people who aren’t your friends to see your public posts without having to be friends with you.  In other words, when you share a post that is set to Public, both your friends and your followers can see it. 

Reasons you may benefit from a Follow button:

  • You get friend requests from people who admire you but who you don’t know or consider a friend (maybe you run an online course or business or are an influencer, activist, educator, or expert in your field)
  • Maybe you want to limit “Facebook friends” to people you have a certain level of intimacy with, but sometimes you want to be heard by as many people as possible
  • You can get the word out more by sharing public posts. When friends or followers see these posts, THEY can share them too and everyone they share it with will see it and be able to share. If you share something privately and a friend shares that post, only your mutual friends will see it.
  • Follow buttons = less awkwardness. Let’s say you get a friend request from someone who doesn’t fit your definition of facebook friend. If you delete the request, they become a follower automatically and will see your public posts (and they won’t be notified you didn’t friend them).
  • You may want to expand your reach as an influencer or knowledgeable source. Here’s an example: Say I take a workshop from a yoga instructor named Amanda. Amanda doesn’t know me, she only taught me some moves! But I am a fan of Amanda and want to learn more about her. Plus, she seems pretty cool and I want to hear more about what she’s interested in. Now, if Amanda has a “Follow” button, I don’t have the awkward choice of deciding if I should send a friend request to her to stay in touch. I can just follow her!
  • Having a follow button is helpful for me as I’m in the wellness industry as a Hypnotherapist. I also run an entertainment blog for fun. I work with hundreds of clients online (one-on-one, in groups, and with watch-when-you-want video experiences). I get followers for these reasons. I choose to post some content publicly, some to “Friends-only” and some to select group of friends. It’s pretty great to have this feature.

HOW to add a Follow Button

It’s easy. Here’s how to do it from your laptop or computer:

  1. Go to facebook.com and be sure you are logged in to your personal account (you’ll see your current personal profile pic at the top to the right of center.)  
  2. Click on the down arrow on the bar at the top of the page. It’s a tiny down-pointing triangle at the top near the far right side. This pulls up a drop down menu.  
  3. Select “Settings” from the drop down menu. This will pull up a new screen.  
  4. On the left, click “Public Posts.”  
  5. On the next screen, in the center near the top it says “Who Can Follow Me” – select “Public” in the grey box.  

This blog post was written in September of 2019. If you have trouble with the directions, let me know so I can update it or help you (Facebook is always changing things, it seems.)

Facebook explains this (and a bit more about checking who is following you) here.  

Any questions? Just ask. You can post in the comments or message me directly via my form at keridwyn.com/contact. Oh, and of course you can also follow me on facebook at fb.com/keridwyn. 🙂   After you set up your follow button, give yourself a gold star!  

– Keridwyn

My links and more about me: linktr.ee/keridwyn

Giveaway: Tickets to Mega Toast of Seattle at Seattle Center

The Mega Toast of Seattle is coming: July 11!

Here’s your chance to win TWO tickets to this networking event. I’m out of town so have to miss this one. I hope you go!

There are few events that will get me out of bed earlier than my regular routine requires. Toast of Seattle is one of those special events! This Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce networking event returns July 11 (this time as the MEGA Toast at Seattle Opera’s Opera Center in Seattle Center). Read on for your chance to get two free tickets for this wonderfully formatted networking event.

Why is Toast of Seattle so special? It’s format. You start by finding a table to sit at while you enjoy breakfast. Then, after some opening remarks, you network in a “speed-dating” inspired way: each person has 2 minutes to talk about their business. At the end of the round, everyone changes tables (you open up an envelope that shows you what table to go to next, no decision making required) and starts again. They guarantee you meet over 20 people in 2 hours. The structure makes networking efficient, productive, fun, and easy.

In their words: “What makes a Mega Toast special? More people, more prizes, and more fun! Join over 100 fellow Chamber members and Seattle area professionals while we connect over breakfast at Seattle Opera’s brand new facility, the Opera Center at Seattle Center.”

I’ve made some wonderful connections at past Toast of Seattle events. The style of the networking event takes a lot of the pressure off that can come with more open-format mixing and mingling. It’s a really delightful way to start your day!

Are you looking to network more in 2019? Enter to win two tickets (they can be gifted):

To enter:

  1. RSVP interested or going to their Facebook event page here.
  2.  Comment on the SeattlePockets Facebook post here. You can comment by sharing what benefits you’re looking for from networking, a little about your business, tag a friend, or just write “I’m interested!”

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Giveaway ends 6/17/19 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted the same week. Prize is 2 ticket to Toast of Seattle in July 2019, cannot be exchanged or refunded. All local, state, and federal rules apply.

Giveaway! Enter to win two tickets to “Restaurant After Hours” at Seattle Aquarium

“Eat. Meet. Repeat.” The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is bringing back one of their most popular networking & food events this month and now is your chance to enter to win two tickets to the event!
Network with other Seattle-area folks and enjoy bites from local businesses including Mt. Townsend Creamery, Honest Biscuit, The Confectional, Ivar’s, and much more. Plus, this event takes place in a dynamic venue: the Seattle Aquarium. This 2019 event is Wednesday, February 27 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. You can snag early-bird priced tickets now (price goes up on February 20).
Want to enter to win two tickets?
You can enter on Facebook and Instagram! <— Check out these links to enter.
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Giveaway ends 2/11/19 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Giveaway is not sponsored by Facebook or Instagram.

Giveaway: Toast of Seattle (Networking Event)

There are few events that will get me out of bed earlier than my regular routine requires. Toast of Seattle is one of those special events! This Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce networking event returns January 25 (this time at Residence Inn Seattle Downtown). Read on for your chance to get a FREE ticket to join me for this wonderfully formatted networking event.

Why is Toast of Seattle so special? It’s format. You start by finding a table to sit at while you enjoy breakfast. Then, after some opening remarks, you network in a “speed-dating” inspired way: each person has 2 minutes to talk about their business. At the end of the round, everyone changes tables (you open up an envelope that shows you what table to go to next, no decision making required) and starts again. They guarantee you meet over 20 people in 2 hours. The structure makes networking efficient, productive, fun, and easy.

I’ve made some wonderful connections at past Toast of Seattle events. The style of the networking event takes a lot of the pressure off that can come with more open-format mixing and mingling. It’s a really delightful way to start your day!

Are you looking to network more in 2019? Enter to win a ticket to January 25th’s Toast of Seattle!

To enter:

  1. Use this link to visit their webpage & read more details about the event and venue
  2.  Comment on the SeattlePockets Facebook post here. You can comment by sharing what benefits you’re looking for from networking, a little about your business, tag a friend, or just write “I’m interested!”

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Giveaway ends 1/16/19 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted 1/17/19. Prize is 1 ticket to Toast of Seattle in January, cannot be exchanged or refunded.

 

Young Professionals of Seattle 7th anniversary party (networking event)

Want to network? There’s a big, fancy, fun party happening Saturday, March 10 at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle! The Young Professionals of Seattle group is celebrating their 7th anniversary with a swanky networking event. Open to people ages 21-40+ (includes those “young at heart”). This event tends to sell out so get your tickets now.

I am bummed that I can’t attend this year due to a prior commitment, but wanted to make sure you all heard about it so you wouldn’t miss out. Be sure to come back to my blog or Facebook page to let me know how your night was partying at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle!

About the event (in their own words):

7 years.  1 night.  Party In Style.  That’s how we roll. Can you believe it’s been seven years? We’ve tasted the finest whiskeys, worked out, volunteered and almost shut down several bars just by networking in masses. For our “regulars” and newbies alike, your dedication to YPOS is EVERYTHING! Whether you know it or not, you’ve helped us grow and become a thriving organization, one event at a time, seven years in a row. So let’s celebrate, by getting fancy and dancing like maniacs, for a night you’ll never forget.

Our promise for the night is a perfect mixture of 500(ish) Young Professionals and ambiance, sprinkled with a few special YPOS-esque surprises, that’ll create a fun (and sparkly) party to celebrate our favorite people . . . YOU!

If you go, be sure to check out the offers in the digital swag bag! Yup, DIGITAL swag bag with great offers from local businesses. Such a great idea!

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