How to Plan a Successful Networking Event

Building your company’s profile can be a challenge. The marketing department only has so much control, but the overall image of your business can impact how well you attract and retain top talent.

Fortunately, you can make a big splash without having to run a significant PR campaign. By planning and hosting a successful networking event, you can position your company as a leader in your community and your industry.

What makes networking so powerful? And how can you ensure that it will be successful? Here’s what you need to know.

The Power of Networking

You may be tempted to think that networking is best suited to a time when you, as an individual, are looking to break into a new field or a new position. The truth is that a strong network can give you a competitive edge at every stage in your career, and this includes every stage of a business. Keep this in mind as you plan your networking event. Help people get the most out of the experience by providing tips on how to network successfully.

You can emphasize the practice of soft skills such as eye contact, positive body language, and listening. Encourage attendees to ask targeted questions and show genuine interest in the people they meet. Most of all, be a valuable resource for those who attend and continue to keep in touch after the event is over. Your organization should be building long-term relationships, after all!

As you think about who to invite and who should speak, consider those who have a lot of awareness of your industry and its challenges. These could be people within your company, or you can invite speakers from other areas within the business. Be sure to include people with a variety of backgrounds, such as cultural, gender, educational levels, and more.

A successful networking event can help put your company on the map with potential customers, employees, and others in your community. People love to talk about the great events they’ve been to, so you gain exposure well beyond the attendees.

Make it Easy to Sign Up

The tech behind your enrollment and reminders can be one of the best assets you have for your event. Not only is it easy for attendees to use, but it will also hold a wealth of information about the people at your event that you can capitalize on later.

Of course, you need an idea of the headcount so you can plan your event accordingly, but don’t overlook the contact information you gather. These people are the potential employees, clients, and connections that your business needs to grow and move forward.

Once folks arrive, have them check in even if the event is free. This allows you to see how many people actually attended compared to who signed up. Create badges from the registration data that you can scan before speaker sessions. This will allow you to see what sessions were the most successful. You can then follow up and get feedback on the event and connect more closely with attendees. With excellent networking on your part during and after the event, you’re much more likely to win new clients and attract high-quality employees to your organization.

 

Choose a Great Location

If your building has an appropriate gathering space, you can hold the networking event at your own location. However, most of the time it’s better to choose an upscale venue that’s nearby, such as a hotel.

An upscale venue gives a sense of professionalism and special access to the event. This helps attendees feel important and facilitates a strong connection to your brand. You can also have a larger event due to the space available in hotels, and the accommodations offer a place to stay for guests who travel to attend.

Find out what options you have for low-cost or even free events at the hotel. For instance, if you hold it near the hotel bar, you may be able to get a lower price. Be sure to choose your date wisely – you don’t want to overlap an important local event or game that may cause the hotel to be less flexible with you.

Choose an Effective Format

How is your networking event going to operate? Unless everyone already knows each other well, simply tossing a bunch of people into a room isn’t likely to be effective.

Choose one or more high-quality speakers to anchor the event who can give tips and tricks about industry topics. This can be a big incentive to attend and gives people something to organize the evening around. For a more creative option, organize a group activity that encourages interaction and cooperation, such as a cooking class or local tour.

Before and after the structured activities, encourage people to chat and share information. You can set up an official format for this, like “speed networking” where people meet for two minutes and then swap, or you can let it happen more naturally.

To keep things moving, have some of your team work to engage those who inevitably hang back. Knowing how to encourage introverts to network can be very helpful.

Evaluate Your Success

Once you’ve held your event, it’s time to look at how things went and what you learned. Don’t jump to conclusions too quickly – it can be hard to know right away whether your event was successful. The time it takes to build relationships means that you won’t know immediately if you’ve successfully gained new clients or high-quality applicants from your event. It might be weeks or months before this particular effort bears fruit.

To measure your results, keep track of your follow-up with those who attended. Make a special effort to connect with ideal clients or high-quality job candidates. Take note of how many become new customers or employees over time.

You also need to learn from any you made and what you want to do differently next time. Be sure to record those insights with your coworkers, so that you or the next event team can remember those lessons and improve the next networking experience.

Build Your Business With Networking

Networking events go a long way to boost the profile of your company. This not only helps you attract and retain the best employees, but it can also lead to additional clients or customers as well. You will also gain respect from others in your industry.

This can make a big difference, not only for your company but for your own career. You’ll be building new relationships for yourself as well as for your business.

Are you ready to make a splash in your industry? If so, get started planning a networking event today. Everyone will benefit, and it will create a lot of buzz in your community.

6 Reasons for Internet Congestion that May Cause an Outage

Every day more and more people are stepping into the virtual world of connections – into the cyberspace. Living in this modern era of technology we absolutely have no choice of avoiding the online lifestyle. We are all plugged in and wire up and these makes the cyberspace a very, very crowded place.

Despite the fact that modern technology is constantly working on improving of the equipment and technical support has enhanced greatly, outages cannot be eliminated. A congested network is becoming the number one, most common reason to cause outages.

On the other hand, network congestion can affect the network speed and this is quite a serious problem for businesses, both large enterprises and smaller businesses. If you happen to be affected by a slower speed or repeated outages due to congestion, you should understand the reasons that are causing these issues.

Understanding the cause of the problem, in this case congestion, is the first step to permanently solving of the issue. Here are the most common causes of network congestion.

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Large Number of Hosts in the Network domain

A network domain is a group of hosts within the same network infrastructure. These hosts are represented by the routers that are spread around a bigger enterprise, library, shopping center etc, to transmit the connection. When to many hosts are placed in one network domain it results in network overload. Moreover, this will cause interrupted connection and slowing of the speed.

In another case, a mobile network or a single router can represent a network domain. The big amount of devices such as tablets, computers and telephone systems acting as hosts, may exceed the permitted number of devices to request network at the same time and result in congestion. Therefore, every device will be experiencing connection interruptions.

Multicasting

In computer networking, multicasting means a simultaneous data transmission between groups of computers. Absurdly, multicasting is designed to prevent congestion, however in some cases it could be the reason creating it. Moreover, this happens when the transfer of the date in the same time causes a collision and this collision causes network congestion.

Broadcast Radiation

Extreme amount of traffic, hence, too many people requesting access on the same network results in so-called, broadcast storm. Broadcast storm consumes sufficient amount of network resources causing a situation in which the network cannot process all request at once. Therefore, this causes a repeatedly disrupted connection and slow speed that often times may end in an short-term outage.

Broadcast storms usually happen in public and crowded places such as libraries, schools, cafeterias, shopping malls etc. On the other hand, the cause can also be video or news gone viral, ecommerce, black Friday sales etc.

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Outdated Hardware

An optimal hardware configuration is essential for a good network connection. Frequent checks and equipment maintenance may eliminate a congestion problem caused by outdated network components.

The hardware setup must be excellent and up to date, in contrary it may result in gridlock when transmitting data. Moreover, this is the base to any stable network configuration. Having an optimal configuration is a promising start to having an uninterrupted and high-speed connection.

Poor Network Design from Service Provider

Along with an optimal hardware configuration, the network layout also needs to be optimized to ensure every part of your network is connected. Sometimes, congestion can be caused by a fault in the network design. However, service providers should aim for a good infrastructure to maximize the performance across any area of coverage.

Internet network is divided into subnets and their design should be accommodated for all the devices permanently connected to the network. The subnet should be sized appropriately according to the number of devices demanding data.

Poorly designed network and subnets in some areas may lead to congestion. Congestions as a result of poor design almost always ends in internet blackouts across an area.  Therefore, choosing an internet provider is an important decision if you are in need of a strong and stable internet connection.

If you are experiencing an outage and assume that it is a result of a fault in your provider’s services, you can check the outage map. Also it is advisable to report the outage on the map or the connection disruptions on the outage chart. This way you can learn for any similar experiences in your area and determine the cause of the outage issue.

Artificial Congestion

Your internet service provider determines the speed of the internet traffic on its network. In some cases your internet service provider may slow the rate at which data is moving and due to many reasons. This is called artificial congestion.

The constant speed of the network is determined with the agreement when choosing an internet package. Despite of that, a customer may be receiving a slower rate speed that may cause network disruptions. IPS often claims these changes in speed as a network management. However, it may be that you are sending more traffic than the network provider expects.

Choose a trusted service provider and always have a backup network connection.

How to Network Effectively as an Introvert

How to Network Effectively as an Introvert

How to Network Effectively as an Introvert

Networking events can be a stressful experience even for extroverts as over 27 million Americans struggle with their fears of public speaking. Social anxiety can cause mental anguish during the smallest interactions with people and many introverts will avoid networking events at all costs. There will almost certainly be social events in your life that you must attend to further your career or personal life which means you will need to learn how to handle interpersonal communication.

Typically an introvert will find any excuse to avoid a networking event but if you research and plan for the event, as suggested, you will likely feel a sense of investment and be more willing to attend. You can also optimize your time spent at the event in the following ways:

  • Smile and Stand with an inviting posture
  • Use compliments to spark conversation
  • Shake hands firmly and use their name frequently
  • Ask a lot of questions and listen intently
  • Be agreeable instead of argumentative

These tips may seem difficult to implement at first but, as with any skill, practice will hone your abilities. Whether you are an introvert or not, effective networking is a valuable skill in this day and age. Try putting these tips from GetVoIP into practice and be open-minded to the connections you might make and what these relationships may present you in the future.

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AI – The Present in the Making

AI – The Present in the Making

I attended the Huawei European Innovation Day recently, and was enthralled by how the new technology is giving rise to industrial revolutions. These revolutions are what will eventually unlock the development potential around the world. It is important to leverage the emerging technologies, since they are the resources which will lead us to innovation and progress. Huawei is innovative in its partnerships and collaboration to define the future, and the event was a huge success.

For many people, the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a thing of the future. It is the technology that has yet to be introduced. But Professor Jon Oberlander disagrees. He was quick to point out that AI is not in the future, it is now in the making. He began by mentioning Alexa, Amazon’s star product. It’s an artificial intelligent personal assistant, which was made popular by Amazon Echo devices. With a plethora of functions, Alexa quickly gained much popularity and fame. It is used for home automation, music streaming, sports updates, messaging and email, and even to order food.

With all these skills, Alexa is still in the stages of being updated as more features and functions are added to the already long list. This innovation has certainly changed the perspective of AI being a technology of the future. Al is the past, the present, and the future.

Valkyrie is another example of how AI exists in the present. There are only a handful of these in the world, and one of them is owned by NASA. They are a platform for establishing human-robot interaction, and were built in 2013 by a Johnson Space Center (JSC) Engineering directorate. This humanoid robot is designed to be able to work in damaged and degraded environments.

The previous two were a bit too obvious. Let’s take it a notch higher.

The next thing on Professor Jon Oberlander’s list was labeling images on search engines. For example, if we searched for an image of a dog, the search engine is going to show all the images that contain a dog, even if it’s not a focal point. The connected component labeling is used in computer vision, and is another great example of how AI is developing in present times.

Over the years, machine translation has also gained popularity as numerous people around the world rely on these translators. Over the past year, there has been a massive leap forward in the quality of machine translations. There has definitely been a dramatic increase in the quality as algorithms are revised and new technology is incorporated to enhance the service.

To start with a guess, and end up close to the truth. That’s the basic ideology behind Bayes Rule, a law of conditional probability.

But how did we get here? All these great inventions and innovations have played a major role in making AI a possibility in the present. And these four steps led us to this technological triumph;

  • Starting
  • Coding
  • Learning
  • Networking

Now that we are here, where would this path take us? It has been a great journey so far, and it’s bound to get more exciting in the future. The only way we can eventually end up fulfilling our goals is through;

  • Application
  • Specialization
  • Hybridization
  • Explanation

With extensive learning systems, it has become imperative to devise fast changing technologies, which will in turn facilitate the spread of AI across the world. With technologies such as deep fine-grained classifier and the Internet of Things, AI is readily gaining coverage. And this is all due to Thomas Bayes, who laid the foundations of intellectual technology.

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Future of Work Trends, Part 3: Social Media, Decisions & Jobs

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Human Beings are social animals and we love to socialise, that was never a surprise! Social networking is making use of Internet-based social media platforms to connect with friends, family and other people. Social Networking is done mainly for the sole purpose of socialising or for business. Various social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. are popular these days among people. It’s become our alternative lives, and as scary it sounds it is as much real too. Apart from socialising, these social networking sites are rapidly growing for various other purposes like commerce, knowledge sharing, marketing, relationship building, employment, etc.

Social Networking is playing an important role nowadays in the recruitment process. Both employers and employees are making use of the social networking sites to achieve their job goals.

Apart from job search engines & company career portals, social networking sites are helping employers find the right candidate for the positions. Professional networking sites like LinkedIn help in establishing connections between the employer and employee where they get to know each other.

Depending upon the job requirement, a selected group of people are filtered through the interview process and although mainly for perm jobs this has been one of the most successful platforms, until recently. Other social networking sites like Facebook & Twitter help in evaluating the social lives of candidates. The social life reflects candidate’s extracurricular activities which is increasingly becoming an important deciding factor in the selection process. Now although I do not support this mechanism of shortlisting or decision making there are organisations that heavily advocate and implement this.

Social networking helps employees in building connections with people in their online & real-life circle. This helps them in finding a job at a company they want to work with. People now built their resumes including all the keywords which best describe their skill sets, which in turn helps employers to find them on the job portals or networking sites like LinkedIn. This way it has become easier for both employers to search candidates and job-seeker to find the right job.

Social media hiring is also greatly increasing in temporary and contract or project based workforce as it mainly works on referral and recommendations, which is another great aspect and so in order to reflect the change in attitudes even these forms of job providers and holders need to improvise on how they can create their brand fan following on relevant platforms, like ours to start moving towards a more real-time candidate and data flow, getting rid of the old systems and processes that are both manual and complex for no real reason.

But like we know, with good comes the bad too. Social networking at times can be disadvantageous too for a company as due to networking, hiring committee does favouritism towards people they know, or like based on their personal biases. This kills the overall objective of the company to be culturally more diverse & of giving equal opportunities for all irrespective of background, culture, religion, age or gender. Hence many companies are coming up with new laws to counter favouritism, gender biases and racism but these are so qualitative that it needs serious thinking and implementing.

Social Media Influence

One quick advice to all organisations is that regardless of how much social media influence you may think you have or not, ensure you have a policy in place that protects your business but also allows an individual to have an opinion on a certain culture and/or process etc. It is fair to promote freedom of speech internally and externally, without really naming and shaming brand as it can be a great part of feedback learning and loop.

Finally, with every employee recruited, it’s important to train them as per the company policies and business demands. This involves a lot of on-job training and assessments at regular intervals in order to achieve company’s organisational objective, perm as well as interim colleagues. As per the recent trend, employee training & assessment is increasingly becoming online, facilitating affectivity saving time & efforts. In the next part, we will try to elaborate more about the increasing trend of online employee training & workshops.

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TLCon: Talent Acquisition and Retention in Retail, E-tail & Hospitality

TLCon: Talent Acquisition and Retention in Retail, E-tail & Hospitality

More so than in any other industry, retail, e-tail and hospitality are utilizing HR technology in order to service large volumes of recruitment, whether it’ll be retail staff, waiters in the hospitality industry or STEM professionals to recruit, manage and retain staff. So much so there are dedicated apps created just for this industry that places talent acquisition professionals at the forefront of innovation in recruitment.

On the 11th May, talentleadersconnect. will be hosting one of our most popular sector-specific events, TLCon: Retail, E-tail & Hospitality giving 70 ‘Head of People/Talent, in-house recruitment, HR and talent acquisition professionals’ the opportunity to learn, share and network around a theme that is getting more and more important each year. The agenda will have case studies, research and thought leadership from the likes of Caffe Nero, Sofology, Exsurgo, 106 Communications, The Chemistry Group plus more.

We kick the day off with Ben Gledhill formerly of Sofology (now Manchester Metropolitan University) addressing the distinction between the tech candidate of 2005 and 2017. The talent acquisition strategy has changed significantly as we go a more direct sourcing route and he will be sharing what works well and what does the future look like.

We’ll then get more traditional with Nikki Brain from Exsurgo, looking at the importance of the store associate role and how the expectations around their knowledge as well sales through service is ever key to the entire customer service relationship. Candidate & employee experience has a huge impact on the customer service and can be costly if not implemented right.

Which brings us on to bots! Henry Davies, founder of 106 Communications will be talking you through how bots can make your employer brand work harder to attract and retain the right people. In many ways they can make you a more engaging employer (e.g. here is Yasar Ahmad, Wipro’s Head of Strategic Hiring recruitment bot) and Henry will talk through this in more detail. I’d bet a bot would be really handy for high volume recruitment. To back this up, Will Hamilton from LaunchPad will be discussing the impact of AI and Machine Learning in recruitment and what this all means for your profession.

We shared cut-e’s dedicated talent assessment app for the retail industry above; Howard Grosvenor will talk you through how some of the world’s best companies are doing talent assessment and how you can apply it to your own organisation. Furthermore, Nicky Brimmer from Chemistry Group will be talking on predicting people performance with the retail sector and how you can go beyond hiring for attitude using an objective data-led approach.

Finally, Shereen Daniels, Head of HR for Caffe Nero will be talking about how she fosters belonging at work. A really intriguing talk that will discuss how the baristas at Caffe Nero call work their home and not their job, this is one not to be missed.

There’ll be a buffet lunch and plenty of time to network with your peers around all these topics so join us on the 11th May with your complimentary ticket at TLCon: Retail, E-tail and Hospitality.

Useful Information:

Date: 11th May 2017, 8:15am to 1:30pm

Venue: Foyles Bookstore, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT

Theme: Talent Acquisition and Retention in Retail, E-tail & Hospitality

Contacts: Edie Kalman, Events Manager, edie@talentleadersconnect.com

Twitter: @TLCon_

Hashtag: #TLCon

talentleadersconnect. is the largest Talent Acquisition & HR event series in the UK & Europe. The events combine industry leading keynote talks, interactive discussion sessions and relaxed social networking opportunities

Emerging Talent: The Trends, Challenges and Opportunities at TLCon

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Emerging Talent is not void of the many changes taken place over the past year. Plugging the skill gaps with EU workers is under threat from Brexit however does the apprenticeships levy pose to fix that issue? Are graduate schemes at risk? As young people look for more than just a good salary from work, is retention becoming more difficult? Can we do anything about it?

On the 27th April, talentleadersconnect. will be hosting for the second time, TLCon: Emerging Talent that will give 70 Head of early careers, HRD’s, graduate recruitment, apprenticeships and talent acquisition professionals the opportunity to learn, share and network around a theme that is getting more and more important each year. The agenda will have case studies, research and thought leadership from the likes of L’Oreal, Cognizant, Centrica, LaunchPad, The Chemistry Group plus more.

We’ll be starting off the day with research from the Graduate Recruitment team from L’Oreal on the graduate talent population and their expectations and career priorities. Within this same event, Bright Network have carried out research of their own on this topic which should provide a good comparison of the results. Furthermore they’ve been implementing some really great initiatives to gamify how they attract and retain candidates. They’ve told us a little bit on this and we were stoked at the ideas. We’re sure you will be too once you hear it!

We then dive deep into AI and Machine Learning. Don’t worry, there won’t be a whole bunch of code put on slides however we will be looking at an overview of the trends and how this affects your work in recruitment and HR. Will Hamilton from LaunchPad will guide us through the latest innovations in what will be a very futuristic presentation.

We continue to trailblaze into the future by looking at Apprenticeships in the New World. It’s no doubt, there’s a lot of division between viewing the apprenticeship levy as a tax or investment and Erica Farmer, Apprenticeships and L&D programme lead for Centrica is best placed to fill us in on the benefits; she represents Centrica at the National Apprenticeships Service’s lead employer Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

After our time travel into the future, we go back to student recruitment 101. You may be excited about all the new tools and changes that will affect how you go about graduate recruitment but “You can’t harvest fruit from the trees you haven’t planted yet.” Brian Sinclair, Head of Student Recruitment for Cognizant will give you practical advice on everything, from requirements gathering to pipeline reporting with some useful templates and tools to help explain and position best practice with key internal stakeholders.

There’ll be a buffet lunch and plenty of time to network with your peers around all these topics so join us on the 27th April with your complimentary ticket at TLCon: Emerging Talent.

Useful Information:

Date: 27th April 2017, 8:15am to 1:30pm

Venue: Foyles Bookstore, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT

Theme: Emerging Talent

Contacts: Edie Kalman, Events Manager, edie@talentleadersconnect.com

Twitter: @TLCon_

Hashtag: #TLCon

talentleadersconnect. is the largest Talent Acquisition & HR event series in the UK & Europe. The events combine industry leading keynote talks, interactive discussion sessions and relaxed social networking opportunities.