Shelagh Fogarty and Sam Walker kick off Sound Women in the North

By Kate Cocker and Jo Meek

The mood at Sound Women’s first Networking Event in the North was truly celebratory.

Head of BBC North Peter Salmon opened the evening’s events in Media City last Tuesday 2nd October by detailing the success of the women who have worked at BBC North. The night went on to feature networking bingo, networking strategies, not crying on air and the importance of playing Lady Gaga on the radio.

Only a few hours earlier 25 women from the North joined Trainer Christine Pyke, as she delivered a workshop on strategic networking, revealing some of the skills you need to be an effective networker. The workshop encouraged the delegates to think of networking as part of their business – a key skill in how to maximise a career.

The wine and networking was in full flow when BBC Radio 5 Live’s Shelagh Fogarty and Real Radio North West’s Breakfast anchor Sam Walker took to the stage and conversed about their careers.

The 90 attendees heard Shelagh and Sam talk about the intricacies of networking and the people that they could pin point who had helped them in their careers. They talked about their proudest moments on air, how they juggled work and home lives and the difference between reporting massive, emotionally charged news stories and playing music on the radio. They agreed both have a huge impact on listeners.

The evening finished with a game of Networking Bingo where the attendees were encouraged by the giant carrot of a bottle of champagne, to complete the 16 squares in the time allocated (we are still not sure who in the room loved Scandinavian thrillers – but they were in attendance at the event!).

Thank you to all the people who came on the night it was a lot of fun. And thank you to the BBC for being so hospitable to the Sound Women in the North!