A cup of coffee will build better networks than Twitter

Thursday, 30 April, 2009

There’s only so far you can take online networking, especially if you’ve met very few of your virtual contacts in person. Getting together face-to-face over a coffee at least once is therefore a pretty good idea.

A cup of coffee is an opportunity to meet someone, talk about a few other things, make a friend or a business acquaintance. Done right, the face to face reference check is a lot more than a reference check. It’s a way to grow your network and your business. And it’s also the best way to find out exactly what you need to know about a person you want to hire, invest in, or otherwise go into business with.

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Sharp edged business cards better suit lawyers

Tuesday, 10 March, 2009

Could a business card could be considered a concealed weapon in the hands of a lawyer?

Take into consideration the edges of your business card. A spa, for example, may make better use of a rounded card. It’s softer and feels more relaxed. A very serious law firm, as another example, who likes to keep things simple and conventional, may want a business card that’s a little more straight-forward, thus, the sharp edges may be more appropriate.

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Unconferences are the future of conferences

Thursday, 19 February, 2009

Ross Dawson: conferences as we know them are dead, long live unconferences.

Offering many opportunities for people to keep up to date on new trends and ideas, plus benefit from being able to connect with their peers. I believe and hope that traditional conference formats will struggle in coming years. Traditional event formats are dry and stultifying. People like interacting and conversations. Unconferences create unparalleled opportunities to meet and engage with like-minded people.

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The power of face to facebook, at Jugglezine

Friday, 13 February, 2009

For best results professionally (and I dare say, personally), combine the power of social networking and face-to-face gatherings:

Using these electronic tools indiscriminately is a big mistake, say experts. “We have to use offline and online strategies and tools to be effective in today’s marketplace. It’s not an ‘either/or,’ it’s a ‘both,’” says Susan RoAne, a San Francisco business consultant and author of Face to Face: How to Reclaim the Personal Touch in a Digital World. “In these competitive, multitasking times, there are people so focused on their agendas, their quotas, their digital techie tools that they forget that spoken words contribute to the chemistry and connections with their clients and colleagues,” she says.

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In the twitterverse you are the noise you make

Thursday, 15 January, 2009

There has been a pronounced surge in the use of micro-blogging application Twitter in Australia since 2009 ticked over.

Why? Because not only is Twitter addictive, it is also a useful way to locate information and build networks, and it looks more people are beginning to understand this.

Prolific Sydney based Twitterer Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian) sums up the viral like nature (and appeal) of Twitter:

“In a conventional chatroom or instant messaging service, your messages only go to people in the same room, or direct to one person,” Stilgherrian said. “With Twitter, everyone’s view is slightly different. You’ll see someone message people you don’t follow, but it might spark your interest – and you end up encountering someone new.”

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Upsides to downturns: now there’s time to do lunch

Wednesday, 14 January, 2009

The economic downturn means we finally have time for all those lunch dates we used to avoid a year ago because we were “too busy”. And even if time remains short they are still worth the effort, explains Michael Bierut:

In boom times, no one has time to talk. “Let’s have lunch” can be an empty pleasantry, and even if you make a date with a friend, it will be rescheduled three times before you both silently agree to forget about it altogether. Congratulations! You now have time for lunch. (Somewhere cheap, of course.) Use the gift of time to reconnect with others. But don’t, if you can help it, think of this as merely something as deliberate and goal-oriented as networking. This takes the fun out of it for both you and your date. If you make time for people you like with no agenda except the simple joys of human companionship, trust me, something good will come of it.

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Ignite your conference presentations!

Thursday, 8 January, 2009

The inaugural Ignite Sydney event happens on Thursday 22nd of January, at the Shelbourne Hotel.

It’s a presentation style pioneered in the US by some guys who wanted to spice up their presentations – and it quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. The idea is simple – make the presenters stick to a rigid format of 20 slides, each of which changes automatically after 15 seconds, giving a guaranteed 5 minute presentation.

A PowerPoint free zone?

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Web-blast 2008, end the year with a (you guessed it) bang

Thursday, 27 November, 2008

Sydney web-blast 2008.

I’m told all 300 tickets went in a mere eight hours for last year’s event, meaning if want to go this year, NOW is the time to do something about it.

Web-blast is a huge end-of-year party for Sydney’s web community – bringing together web designers, web project managers, interface designers, information architects and other web professionals. Join a range of Sydney’s web communities and celebrate the end of year in style on Friday 5th December, 2008.

Some photos from last year’s party… as if you need any convincing. :)

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Networking, carbon footprints, and design conferences

Wednesday, 3 September, 2008

Have design conferences grown so big, and expensive, that they have outlived their usefulness? An interesting essay by Alissa Walker on planning and executing
design conferences.

If you’re really hankering to plan some kind of get-together, don’t! In all likelihood what you think you need to say can be accomplished in the form of a blog, a film, a book, a social network. If you want to make a big statement about your institution’s policies–cancel the conference! Especially if your proposed conference title contains any of these words: eco-, green-, sustainable-, earth-. I’m not going to name names here, but does anyone else appreciate the irony of a press release that touts a “new sustainability conference attended by eco-savvy professionals from all over the world?”

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If I could choose one SXSW panel to go to…

Tuesday, 12 August, 2008

… it would have to be the From Freelance to Agency: Start Small, Stay Small panel.

The web has always attracted mavericks and entrepreneurs, and a rocky economy makes the freelance life more desirable (or at least more inevitable) than ever. So what happens when your freelance business starts to grow? How big can you get without getting bad? How can freelancers and small teams compete with traditional agencies? Hip freelancers and cool agency heads will answer questions, compare experiences, and tell their stories.

One of these days I’ll surprise myself and go to SXSW.

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