Juliet Douglas is owner of Green Orchid Events and our host for Thursday Therapy Las Vegas. Juliet has always stood out to me. She is exceptional at building relationships: on Twitter and Facebook, by commenting on industry blogs, and posting outstanding content on her own business blog. I’ve thought, ‘she really knows how to network!’ When we launched Thursday Therapy we already knew that Juliet embraces the fundamentals of networking: building relationships, sharing valuable content, and simply being friendly. We’re glad to have this partnership with Juliet!
Why did you start your business?
I actually never planned on being a business owner. I wanted to be a singer but soon realized I need to get a “real job” because I don’t do “starving musician” very well. I jumped around from job to job in hotels and restaurants and never felt happy anywhere. I couldn’t break into any catering manager positions so my entrepreneurial minded husband told me that I needed to just start my own thing. I decided I would only provide “wedding day coordination” services on the side while working full time in hotels but I guess I got a little obsessive with wanting to be successful.
Tell us about the wedding industry in Las Vegas…
With the exception of the many wedding chapels here, I feel that it’s still a relatively small industry here. I would say that we’re pretty close knit. We’re a welcoming group and most of the people I’ve met over the years have been open to collaborating with each other and referring business to one another.
Why did you want to become a host for Thursday Therapy in your market?
I love the concept of a casual networking event where there is no annual membership fee. I love that even new wedding professionals wouldn’t feel intimidated in this environment. It’s a casual, relaxed atmosphere that Thursday Therapy promotes and I loved the idea the instant I heard about it!
Why should people come to Thursday Therapy?
Because it will be fun! It’s a chance to get to know other wedding professionals in a casual setting.
What one piece of advice do you have for other wedding pros who may be new to networking?
Just remember that networking is scary for everyone in the beginning and we have all been there. You have so much to gain by stepping out of your comfort zone and reaching out to meet new people.