International offline networking from your hometown

Fancy travelling the world, but scarce time and finances don’t make it easy? You don’t have to leave your town to get to know new cultures. Not if you connect with these three categories of people.   Expats They come from all over the world, but moved to your town for work. If they are not your coworkers, you can meet them by joining associations such as InterNations, GLocals and Meetup. Some of these groups only exist locally, like ZuriGo, an expat community I host events for in Zurich. As a good super-connector, you can also start your own expat club, dedicated for instance to a specific country or language, or to a specific hobby or business theme.   Frequent travellers based in your town They come from or are based where you also live, but are often out of town. Usually, they travel during the weekend or for entire weeks if it’s for leisure, and during the week if it’s business. This latter category is mainly represented by business developers, publicists, consultants and professionals operating at exhibitions and conferences, such as speakers, interpreters and scientists. These people are constantly exposed to new places and cultures, and every trip is a new story they can tell you. Also, if you fancy a certain item from a country they will visit soon, you can ask them for a little favour. Don’t forget reciprocity though!   Travellers currently in your town They can be people on a business trip, or simply tourists. You can meet them in cafés of hotels, stations and airports. You might never see them again offline, but you can develop an online friendship if you managed to deeply connect during the short time you spent together....

Why networking can save baby boomers

Are you one of those many baby boomers who have lost their job? Or are you between 50 and 65 and afraid you will be made redundant soon? If networking has always been your lifestyle, at least over the past few years, you shouldn’t worry too much. For at least three reasons.   Job search is shorter When they apply for job openings in a traditional way, most baby boomers get rejected because of their mature age and high salary expectations. On the contrary, if they apply through their network, they will be more successful. Whether they get informed by their contacts about vacancies that are not public (yet) or they apply themselves and get recommended afterwards, pre-qualification is involved, which generate trust in the recruiter.   Starting your own business is easier More and more baby boomers who have lost their job start their own business. Most of them have always been great networkers. And this is not a case. Indeed, most of the times their network is the very reason why they decided to start their own business: their first clients, partners and promoters are contacts they have known for years. Moreover, their networking skills make them great sellers and business developers, which allows for them to reach strangers too.   A new job might not be needed Most successful people just happen to be great networkers. It goes without saying that if you’ve always led a networking lifestyle, you’re probably successful, and thus wealthy. And if you’ve reached financial freedom, you might decide not too look for a new job   Baby boomer and never networked? Go start now! Not a baby boomer? Do it anyway: it’s...