We run quarterly Hive events to connect people and help them with their business challenges. If you need a fresh look at a problem, an outsider’s perspective, or someone to bounce ideas off, our Hive events are for you.
Hive events give you the chance to focus just on you and your problem – giving you bespoke, instant and inspiring ideas without bias.
Book your tickets below for our next Hive on 23 February at 12.30pm GMT/7.30am ET, and attend all our events for free by becoming an International Magazine Centre Patron.
How it works
You’ll split into breakout rooms of four on Zoom, where you’ll each take it in turns to present a problem to the rest of your group. Then you switch off your mic and your video, but stay in the room to listen, while your fellow group members discuss your problem.
> 2 mins to present your problem
> 2 mins for clarification questions from your group
> 13 mins to listen to your group discuss your problem
> 3 mins to give feedback to your group on what you found useful
This simple process has a few amazing effects
> You get to actively listen to advice. You can’t cut people off, which gives them the space and time to explore different ideas.
> It’s great for networking. Hive events put you and your team in a position of trust, so friendships form quickly and easily.
> You get instant, creative and kind feedback. Hive events give you bespoke, non-biased feedback that’s inspiring, affirming and often solves the problem completely.
Examples of problems
We’ve had a diverse range of issues brought to the Hive. It doesn’t have to be a magazine publishing problem – everyone’s welcome.
> What’s the best route to a new audience and revenue growth without a little black book?
> I work on my own now, how do I get my professional mojo back?
> How do we add more value to our subscription product?
> Should we change print frequency for our B2B title?
> What can we do to revive a pitch that died during lockdown?
We’ve invited an incredible mix of brilliant people working in media to facilitate each of the rooms. Check them out below and connect with them on LinkedIn.
> Alison Warner, content consultant and senior lecturer in magazine production at the University of Roehampton
> Eric Campbell, managing and creative director at White Light Media
> Kilian Schalk, content workflow designer and director at PurpleGray
> Mary Hogarth, managing director of publishing consultancy The Magazine Expert
> Lizanne Barber, managing director at Distripress, the trade association supporting global circulation and distribution
> Peter Houston, co-host of the Media Voices podcast and publishing consultant
Q: What tech will I need for the Hive?
A: We use Zoom version 5.9.1 – please update your system if you are using an earlier version. You’ll receive a link and password for the event when you reserve a place.
A notepad and pen are also recommended.
Q: What if I’m in a room with one of my competitors?
A: We ensure that you’re not. Your pre-registration details allow us to think carefully about who we put together in each room.
Q: Are the learnings shared?
A: What’s said in a Hive is confidential, but facilitators ask for a key take-away from each person to share with the wider group at the end. If you’d rather not share we completely understand and respect this.
Q: I’d like to attend a Hive but am unable to afford it at the moment, do you offer any free places?
A: Yes, we have a ‘Pay it Forward’ scheme. Tickets are bought by others and given away to enable people who are feeling the pinch to attend. Please contact us about availability at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also attend all events for free as an International Magazine Centre Patron – sign up from £5 a month here.
Need to know
Date and Time: 23 February, 12.30pm-2pm GMT/7.30am-9am ET
Tech required: Zoom version 5.9.1 will be used – you’ll receive a link and password for the event once you have reserved your place.
> Full price: £15
> Patrons: £FREE! Become an International Magazine Centre Patron for free attendance at events, discounts on training, mentoring and more. If you are a Patron and have not already received a discount code for this event please get in touch for one now.
> Pay it Forward: Many publishers are finding it tough at the moment. If you’re in a position to do so, we invite you to donate the price of a ticket for someone who would otherwise be unable to attend.
Many thanks to our event partners for their fantastic support
White Light Media is a content agency dedicated to winning hearts and minds. Our work is based on powerful storytelling, beautiful design and close collaboration with our clients. Contact email@example.com to speak about collaborating on any content projects. whitelightmedia.co.uk