15 July 2015 | Victoria O'Farrell
BIFM, and indeed the wider FM profession, is all about collaboration.
Collaboration helps us learn, develop, access new ideas and open our minds on both a professional and personal level.
When I began my tenure as Chair of the Women in FM group, collaboration was something I was keen to promote. I knew that our members would benefit from collaboration and be open to seeing a bigger picture. This is why as a group we are so eager to work with our fellow groups and regions.
Much of this collaboration started from feedback - as there was a feeling that as a group we were very London-centric, but also to truly collaborate we needed a bigger reach and as such we wanted to reach as many members as possible. Working with other groups and regions is a great way to do this.
By working with other groups we can bring great venues and content to our members - and also as a committee learn from others as to how they deliver such great events to their members. All BIFM SIGs and regions put on such great events - so it makes sense for us to pool our resources to benefit members. In addition, through a joint event we have more reach and more participation - bringing benefits to those who attend as there are more opportunities for collaboration through networking. Utilising the expertise of SIGs in particular enables us to deliver very current content on key topics, which are relevant and interesting, whilst aiding personal development.
So what are our aims and plans for the coming months?
Well, our successful collaborations will continue, currently in the pipeline are other events in the North, North East and East regions. Then a triple collaboration event in Sussex with the South region and Education SIG.
In the meantime don't miss our 'Ask WIFM' event, which takes place on 22 July.
This is a great event to come along to if you are a 'first-timer' and a great opportunity to collaborate with other members. If you are a little apprehensive about attending your first event with us - don't be. Just let the committee know ([email protected]) and we will then welcome you and introduce you to other members.
Generally 30 per cent of attendees choose a WIFM event as their first one, and in fact my first networking event was a WIFM one! You will find an open and relaxed atmosphere, and it will be a good way to build confidence, to network, to open doors and to meet new people.