Why Bother Networking?

The Princess Bride is my favourite movie. Like many people, my favourite character is Inigo Montoya, played by the amazing Mandy Patinkin. One of Inigo's most famous lines is delivered in response to the insistence of another character that it is "inconceivable" that they are being followed, in spite of the fact that they clearly [...]

By | 2019-01-23T10:44:37+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here’s Where You Can Stick Your “Networking Breaks”

Where did event organizers get the idea that networking breaks are a good thing? Almost everyone I've ever talked to loathes them. It's a big contributor to the popularity of the We Hate Networking Club, now nearly 1000 members strong. And yet, there seem to be people who actually want networking breaks. Event feedback surveys frequently show a desire for more networking. For [...]

By | 2019-01-23T10:52:30+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Talk To Jerks

We've all met our fair share of jerks. They’re loud, they’re angry. They’re pretty sure they know what's wrong, and who's at fault. And they're more than happy to spout off about it. I meet jerks in networking environments, in my work to help people connect and collaborate better within groups and organizations, and in my personal life. [...]

By | 2019-01-23T12:02:54+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Uncategorized, We Hate Networking Club|0 Comments

Make or Break: Culture vs. Strategy

When things aren't going well with a group or team, the first instinct is often to reach for the strategy toolbox: If meetings are a mess, we tinker with the agenda If we feel like we're going in a million directions at once and not getting much of anywhere, we work on our plan Structural tools [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

People Don’t Buy What You Do, They Buy Why You Do It

Which one of these elevator pitches do you find more interesting? My name is Nadine. I'm a facilitator. I offer team building services and consult on how to make events more engaging. I also have a monthly meetup group about networking, and a blog. Sometimes I do presentations. My name is Nadine. I think relationships [...]

By | 2019-01-23T12:22:35+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You Don’t Have to Hate Meetings Anymore

Do you hate meetings? Really? You hate getting away from your desk to spend time with real humans? You hate the opportunity to get multiple perspectives on an issue and make a decision on the spot, together? You hate learning things about your colleagues and what they're working on? You hate being up to date [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Why Are We Making People Network?

Face it: Networking Sucks. Everyone hates networking. It's awkward, it's uncomfortable, and it takes a special combination of skills, personality and confidence to do it successfully. So why do we as event organizers keep making them do it? We not only include networking time in almost every large event, we go so far as to trumpet [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:56+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Purpose and Safety: Your Best Friends When Talk Gets Tough

Last month, I reviewed what is, for my money, one of the best communications resources out there: Crucial Conversations. I promised to share one of my favourite insights from the book in my next post, and here it is. The authors tell us that the first thing to do in any tough conversation is to [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:56+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Favourite Tool for Tough Conversations: Book Review

It's late December, and although I really love this season, it does add a lot to everyone's plate. We've all got the shorter days, the holiday hubbub, and the onset of truly cold weather to deal with. It's a high risk season for interpersonal relations, as everyone strives for togetherness while simultaneously dealing with a variety [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:56+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Build Relationships Within Your Team or Community

The Power of Listening I once worked at a company with a pretty high wall of mistrust between the office and warehouse staff. But I was one of the few office staff who had a degree of goodwill on both sides of the divide. A big part of the reason for that was a small [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:56+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments