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Networking Opportunities with Other Patina Nation Members
Recently Patina Nation members were asked to complete a survey telling Patina how we've done over the past year with developing our offerings. One of the areas for improvement was facilitation of networking opportunities between members. How would you like to connect with each other? In person? Online? What would be the best way for us to help you connect?
Put a LinkedIn group together for opportunities and people to apply
I think online via LinkedIn is likely the best option. That way we can expand our networks with members of Patina Nation, and leverage LinkedIn's messaging capabilities. And we can network with people that are not nearby our respective locations.
I like the LinkedIn option as well.
Online is the baseline - so always need to make that more interesting, relevant, and mutually beneficial.
I do think that in-person networking events would be great to help extend benefits, referrals, and influence.
I agree, Offering an easy means to connect via LinkedIn would be helpful. The connects I get here from Patina are cumbersome and time consuming.
I am a new member of the group and I believe LinkedIn provides the most efficient option for networking however I also enjoy personal meetings which allow for free dialogue that can lead to new opportunities or joint ventures.
I also believe Linked In is the best given that members are so spread out geographically.
In person would be an excellent way to network and would distinguish Patina-related individuals from the hundreds of others we "see" on LI and social media.
Although I like the LinkedIn responses from others, I already do this. I strategically expand my network with all coworkers, and in the Patina case all consultants. I'm not an "Open Networker," but I'm an avid, purposeful networker.
What I think would be extremely useful is for Patina to connect consultants who are geographically close to each other. LinkedIn is great, but morning coffee is better. Is face-to-face too old school?