Fail Well: Freelance Pratfalls & Coping with Failure + POTLUCK

Feb 26, 2014 · Santa Rosa, United States of America

Josh, one of WIMP's co-founders, has failed more than the average bear and this month he'll be passing the hard won lessons on to you.

This will be a hybrid of presentation and facilitated discussion so we will hear from a wide range of perspectives.

We'll explore common mistakes and how to avoid them, as well as how to cope when things, inevitably, go wrong.

Here's a rough outline of what you can expect:

Networking & Potlucking[masked]pm

Introduction & Context[masked]pm

We'll start with our usual round of introductions, followed by a thumbnail sketch of Josh's career from freelancer and founder to failed CEO.

This context allows us to relate better and have a more meaningful discussion.

What Not To Do[masked]pm

David Letterman-style, Josh will present a list of ten things to avoid. Josh will expound on points he can speak to personally and will be inviting the group to provide additional insight.

Coping with Failure[masked]pm

If you're smart and lucky, you won't make the same mistakes - you'll make new ones. When you do, how will you manage your emotions? Your self-image? Your brand? How will you salvage your relationships? And, more concretely, what are the legal and monetary ramifications?

Failure is an opportunity to learn and, if it doesn't destroy your relationships, you can actually come out stronger if you manage the crisis well.

Wrap Up & Raffle[masked]pm

We've got nearly a dozen books to raffle off, as well as a ticket to O'Reilly Fluent Conference on March 11-13 in San Francisco, all thanks to our sponsor O'Reilly Media.

All WIMP's get 20% off registration to Fluent using discount code WIMP and free ebook vouchers will be given to everyone who shows up.

BRING FOOD OR DRINK - AND A FRIEND! And feel free to come prepared with questions - we'll get to as many as we can during the meetup, but Josh will gladly offer his brain up for the picking :-)

Help us keep the lights on - suggested $5 donation.


Bring cash if you plan to park on campus. (SRJC parking garage on Mendocino Ave is most convenient and reliable.)

We are meeting at the SRJC Campus in Santa Rosa. Rm 4638, 1st floor of the Bertolini Center. Bertolini Center is located in the front of campus at Mendocino Avenue and Elliott Avenue.

WARNING: Once you've parked and located the Bertolini Center, you can find the entrance to RM 4638 on the EAST side of the building (that is, facing Mendocino Ave). RM 4638 is NOT connected to the rest of the Bertolini Center, so it will be impossible to find if you try any other entrance. Sorry to everyone that got lost last month!

Here is a map to help you out.

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