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9 Hot Seating Ideas to Make Your Next Event the Coolest

9 Hot Seating Ideas to Make Your Next Event the Coolest | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You better sit down for this one: Standard straight lines of traditional ballroom chairs don’t cut it anymore.

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7 Effective Ways to Bring Your Exhibitors and Attendees Together

7 Effective Ways to Bring Your Exhibitors and Attendees Together | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Recently, I published an article, Are traditional conferences dead?, which raised a tsunami of opposing arguments. As an aspiring meeting designer, I was ecstatic to see people discuss the status quo of conferences which, in my opinion, is ripe for disruption. In the flow of comments, one contribution grabbed my attention in particular.

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Never Meet a Stranger – Tips for Social Networking

Never Meet a Stranger – Tips for Social Networking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Networking and socializing offline is a pretty straightforward, well-understood process.
"Hi, nice to meet you, Sue Jones. I hear that you do great work at XYZ company."
"Fred Smith, have you met Sue Jones?
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Christopher Wesby's curator insight, January 22, 2017 4:09 PM

Social media today has created a platform when anyone can brand themselves and network with other people no matter what it is that they do. It's a great way to connect with people and to also advance your career or  your hobby no matter what it is that you do. 

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6 top etiquette tips for the business-card shuffle

6 top etiquette tips for the business-card shuffle | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
That tiny piece of networking gold speaks volumes about your professionalism and respect for potential colleagues.
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Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
How do you thrive in today's companies? Margaret Heffernan's advice is to invest time in getting to know people and ask for their help.
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4 Networking Hacks For #EventProfs

4 Networking Hacks For #EventProfs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Ah, networking. The part of your job where you head to events, and huddle around either the charging station or the hours d'oeuvres table, handing out as many business cards as physically possible. Whoever speaks to the most people by the end of the night, wins, right? Wrong. Planners end...
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Killing the Cliques and Other Networking Tips for a Successful Annual Meeting

Killing the Cliques and Other Networking Tips for a Successful Annual Meeting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For association events staff, networking is essential to future attendance. Keeping returnees mingling and newbies involved takes effort.

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To Fear or Not to Fear – Networking Events

To Fear or Not to Fear – Networking Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At the end of your meeting with the big boss he tells you that you have to attend a networking event and mingle around!
If you are a social person by nature and you find it easy to talk to strangers then it shouldn’t be too much hard work.

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10 Battle Tested Networking Tips For Introverted Event Goers

10 Battle Tested Networking Tips For Introverted Event Goers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine: you are standing in the middle of a conference with a sea of people surrounding you. What are you feeling?

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These Diagrams Reveal How To Negotiate With People Around The World

These Diagrams Reveal How To Negotiate With People Around The World | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You can't expect negotiations with French to be like negotiations with Americans, and the same holds true for cultures around the world.


British linguist Richard D. Lewis charted communication patterns as well as leadership styles and cultural identities in his book, "When Cultures Collide," now in a 2005 third edition. His organization offers classes in cross-cultural communication for big clients ranging from Unilever to BMW.


In support of cultural studies, he writes: "By focusing on the cultural roots of national behavior, both in society and business, we can foresee and calculate with a surprising degree of accuracy how others will react to our plans for them, and we can make certain assumptions as to how they will approach us. A working knowledge of the basic traits of other cultures (as well as our own) will minimize unpleasant surprises (culture shock), give us insights in advance, and enable us to interact successfully with nationalities with whom we previously had difficulty."

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Why Networking Doesn’t Work (and What You Should Do Instead)

Why Networking Doesn’t Work (and What You Should Do Instead) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Instead of trying to “network” with people, try to find ways you can help them. You’d be surprised how much more effective this simple shift in mindset can be.
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Happiness and Its Effect on Negotiating

Happiness and Its Effect on Negotiating | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
With psychological research suggesting that being in a good mood can make you more effective at negotiating isn’t it time you got in the mood to meet?
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Young Professionals: Just Looking for Some Friends

Young Professionals: Just Looking for Some Friends | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When school’s over, we lose the regular opportunity to build connections and form friendships over shared experiences. That’s a major need that associations ought to serve for their young members.

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Are You a Terrible Networker?

Are You a Terrible Networker? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Networking may be one of the most important things you can do – whether you’re looking for a job, starting a company, selling a product, or moving ahead in your career.It’s a shame that so many people do it so incredibly badly.I know how to work a room, they say. I handed out 78 business cards at that event last night.I have a friend who does just that. He’s a whirling dervish who attends event after event, week after week, amassing stacks of business cards, including those of some very senior l
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The weird science behind first impressions

The weird science behind first impressions | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past five years of working as a journalist it’s that success can come down to the two seconds after you first meet someone. First impressions can make or break your career. I’ve had […]
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The Secret to a Killer Networking Meeting? Treat it Like an Interview

The Secret to a Killer Networking Meeting? Treat it Like an Interview | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Successful people will tell you that they treat every conversation as a job interview. They understand that every coffee, every casual encounter with strangers, and every family dinner is planting a seed for the vacancies of tomorrow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. So if you treat every conversation you have as an interview, you’ll land more actual interviews and, hopefully, job offers.


This doesn’t mean you need to show up to every coffee meeting in a suit, but it does mean you stay receptive to opportunity. Here are a few situations that you should definitely approach with an interview mindset.

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The Right (and Wrong) Way to Network

The Right (and Wrong) Way to Network | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Some people line up lunches and coffee dates because they’re in search of a job, venture funding, or clients for their company. But if that’s the reason you’re having a networking meeting, you — and your invitee — aren’t likely to get much satisfaction. 

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Keep the Mission, Expand Its Reach

Keep the Mission, Expand Its Reach | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

An author on innovation says associations need to stop playing small-ball with product tweaks and start pursuing big-picture partnerships.
Everybody in an association understands the importance of networking.

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8 Tips to Keep Professional Relationships from Fizzling

8 Tips to Keep Professional Relationships from Fizzling | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Put sometimes-awkward small talk, firm handshakes and business card handoffs together, and what do you get? Networking. But don’t let your networking efforts trail off when the initial chitchat does. 

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Beware of Using Complex Words when Interacting

Beware of Using Complex Words when Interacting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
It can be tempting to look more intelligent or authoritative by using long and complex words. Psychology suggests that we don't...
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Avoid Giving Backhanded Compliments with the "Dinner Table Rule"

Avoid Giving Backhanded Compliments with the "Dinner Table Rule" | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
No matter who you are, it's easy to accidentally let a backhanded compliment slip through your dialogue. Maybe it's an overemphasis on a word like "actually," or an accidental "but" after saying something nice, but either way, it's annoying for the person on the receiving end. The Art of Manliness created the "Dinner Table Rule" to combat this problem.
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5 Steps to Networking Success for Introverts

5 Steps to Networking Success for Introverts | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While there are some people who enjoy networking and get a lot of energy from interacting with a crowd, many find it intimidating and draining. Traditional networking is not for everyone.


However, networking is essential in today’s job market. Experts estimate that well over half of jobs are found through networking and word of mouth. The old job search method of comfortably sitting at your computer sending off résumés and cover letters will no longer get you very far.

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Connie Moore's curator insight, February 10, 2015 11:37 AM

Step out of your comfort zone. Think outside the box. Be your confident self.

D. Monique Stefens's curator insight, June 21, 2016 10:32 AM
Marcelle Yeager gets it; introverts and networking are a challenging mix. Her tips are solid and may be just what you need to gain momentum in the professional world of networking.
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NetWORTHing: The New Way to Network At Conferences

NetWORTHing: The New Way to Network At Conferences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever been a victim of a network drive-by at a conference?
Violated by someone who only talks to you if they think you can do something for them? The whole time they’ve got one eye searching for a more influential target to move to.

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Convene Article Before You Hit Send E-mail Checklist

Convene Article Before You Hit Send E-mail Checklist | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While an undergrad at Yale, and later in the MBA program at Stanford University, Tara Mohr “saw very clearly that it’s simply not enough for institutions created by and for men to open their doors to women.” She encourages women to quiet the ‘inner critic’ of self-doubt and change their personal and professional lives. Here's a quick guide on how to send more effective e-mails.

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