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5 Tips to Lose the Awkward and Master Networking

We all know the power of networking. It’s how many of us land our first job, find a business partner and broaden our horizons on life.

But for many, networking doesn’t come easy. Walking into a room full of strangers can be daunting whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. Doubt, uncertainty and fear can easily creep in and sabotage your best efforts.

Making the most of any event takes a bit of practice. Malcolm Archer, our Business Development Manager at Wavefront offers up some tips and tricks he’s learned over the years. Use these pointers to lose the awkward and apply them next time you’re working a crowd!
1) Have a goal when going to any event

Examples of goals can be: Make new friends, find Project Managers, find fellow curling enthusiasts, find out what’s happening in a particular industry, identify prospects, etc. By having a goal it gives you a go-to topic of conversation. Don’t be afraid to share your goal, you never know who can make an introduction!

2) Set a time limit

I try and average 5-7 minutes. Chances are the person you are talking to is also there to network and being in a conversation with someone for 20+ minutes does neither of you any favours. According to a Microsoft study, most people’s attention span is around 8-12 seconds. Highly interesting conversations should be noted and followed-up on within 48 hours so you can pick them back up while they’re fresh and in a more dedicated setting.

3) Be genuinely interested in other people

This one is taken straight from Dale Carnegie, and he says it best: “If you aspire to be a good conversationalist, be an attentive listener. To be interesting, be interested. Ask questions that other people will enjoy answering. Encourage them to talk about themselves and their accomplishments.”

4) Don’t be afraid to end a conversation

If you start feeling like a conversation has run its course, odds are the other person feels it as well. The easiest way to end a conversation is to thank that person for their time and tell them you will follow-up with them. Try not to make an excuse for leaving – this cheapens the interaction. Especially don’t say something like “Oh hey look it’s Mike, I haven’t seen him in forever!” This makes the person whom you are with feel less important. Simply thank them and move on.

5) Have fun!

Humans, in my limited experience, are quite perceptive. If you’re stressed or anxious, it’s easily displayed. Try and relax and enjoy the moment. Talking to people doesn’t come naturally so the more you practice, the more fun and easy it becomes.

 

Originally published by Elise Varley on WaveFront.

MeetVibe Round Up – April 2017

Keeping Busy and Making Friends!

Keeping busy and making friends. That’s the best way to describe MeetVibe’s activities on a day-to-day basis. Over the last month, we’ve added two new members to our global team, opened the Toronto Stock Exchange with our partners at the Upside Foundation, and made a smooth transition to a modern, cloud computing platform.


Taking Action

We Opened the Toronto Stock Exchange!

MeetVibe is a proud supporter of the Upside Foundation and we love creating synergies! The TMX Group responded to our call to help Canadian startups dream big and welcomed a selected group of young companies to open the Toronto Stock Exchange! The event was covered on YAHOO! Finance and Business Insider.

MeetVibe co-founders Carol Aebi and Gabriel Paun joined virtually from Zürich, Switzerland and San Francisco Bay Area, a first for TSX!

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Community

The Open Secret to Successful Networking

Networking is time tested and familiar, an age-old practice dressed up in a modern outfit. This current incarnation of networking emphasizes the scavenger hunt of meeting as many people as possible and seems to have lost or minimized the traditional play on reciprocity. The result – hundreds of business cards, LinkedIn and Facebook contacts.

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Behind the Scenes

A Warm Welcome

Hearing all the great things about Toronto’s growing startup scene, Gwendoline and Mélanie came all the way from France to experience the tech ecosystem first-hand. We’re happy to have them on board and we are looking forward to meeting some of you!


Growth

Reaching the Cloud: Migration to IBM Bluemix Platform Complete

In January, we announced that MeetVibe is migrating to a modern, cloud infrastructure. Our incredible technical team moved quickly. Just one month after the decision, we began moving data to the IBM Bluemix Cloud Computing Platform.

We are excited to announce that MeetVibe has successfully migrated our service to the cloud, with minimal impact on our members. Because this migration took place in the background, members did not notice any changes to the day-to-day experience while using the MeetVibe app..

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Adding breadth and depth to your networks is the value MeetVibe brings. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a new city, a new job, or a new school – all of those environments offer rich opportunities to meet interesting people and share ideas. Show us how you use MeetVibe to advance your career or enjoy a spontaneous opportunity by sharing your snaps on Instagram with the hashtag #MeetVibing.

 

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

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MeetVibe Round Up – March 2017

A Warm Welcome to All of Our New #DevTO Friends!

Are you organizing a networking event? Kick it up a notch! Seamlessly connect participants, ideas, and opportunities using MeetVibe. Participants can discover and read the profiles of participants in their proximity. Event organizers can provide instant access to the opportunities and information guests want the most.


Take Action

How to Organize a Successful Meetup

The thrill of bringing people together to share food, swap ideas, and form new relationships makes the work of organizing a meetup worth it. But pulling together a hit gathering is harder than it looks.

Technology may have made us more connected than ever, but hosting an event has presented new challenges. Virtual guests who have not yet met in person are less inclined to honor RSVPs, and even those who manage to make it may be hesitant to branch out and mingle without incentive.

So what does it take to organize a successful meetup?

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Growth

Connecting Developers at #DevTO

Developers don’t just write code, they network and make things happen. That is why MeetVibe is partnering with #DevTO, a forum where developers meet and mingle. Each month #DevTO brings together over 100 attendees to listen to speakers and collaborate with industry peers. MeetVibe’s Internet of Things (IoT) social engagement capabilities were showcased at the most recent event and we are thrilled to facilitate even more introductions at upcoming events.

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Community

Register for a $10 Amazon Gift Card

Together with Capterra we are offering a $10 Amazon gift card for the first 25 reviewers of the MeetVibe app. Fill in your contact details below to receive the program invite.

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Elevate your event’s potential. Add MeetVibe to get introductions rolling and simplify follow-up scheduling.

We’ve only just begun helping the MeetVibe community make things happen!

 

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

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Connecting Developers at #DevTO

Developers don’t just write code, they network and make things happen. That is why MeetVibe is partnering with #DevTO, a forum where developers meet and mingle. Each month #DevTO brings together over 100 attendees to listen to speakers and collaborate with industry peers. MeetVibe’s Internet of Things (IoT) social engagement capabilities were showcased at the most recent event and we are thrilled to facilitate even more introductions at upcoming events.