Mastering Connection-Building: A Workshop for Changemakers

Social Innovation
17 Nov 2023

In today’s dynamic landscape, social entrepreneurs and innovators are often told that networking is crucial for success. However, the traditional approach to networking can feel awkward, transactional, and stressful. This workshop aims to transform networking into a meaningful and genuine process for social entrepreneurs.

In this engaging and interactive workshop, participants will explore the art of authentic networking. They will learn how to create connections that go beyond business cards and LinkedIn connections, focusing on human-to-human interactions. Throughout the workshop, attendees will discover and practice strategies that enable them to build and nurture relationships that are not only beneficial for their businesses but also personally fulfilling.

Key Learning Outcomes for Attendees:

  • Overcome Networking Anxiety: Develop strategies to overcome feelings of awkwardness and discomfort when networking, transforming them into confidence and ease
  • Create an Ongoing Networking Habit: Develop the mindset and routines to integrate connection-building into your regular entrepreneurial activities.
  • Effective Follow-Up and Relationship Nurturing: Learn how to maintain and nurture connections over time, turning initial meetings into lasting collaborations.
  • Leverage a Connection Toolkit: As the workshop concludes, participants will leave with a practical toolkit of creative and actionable strategies they can immediately apply to their networking efforts.

By the end of this workshop, attendees will not only have transformed their approach to networking but will also be equipped with tangible skills and strategies to forge meaningful connections that propel their social enterprises forward. They will leave with the confidence and tools needed to make networking a regular, enjoyable, and impactful part of their entrepreneurial journey.

About the speaker

Richard Lee-Thai is a TEDx Speaker, Connection Consultant, and co-author of “Become Your Superself: Connect with Yourself to Connect with Others.” His TEDx talk: “How to Find Excuses to Connect” outlines how people can make meaningful connections easier. His ultimate vision is to create a world without loneliness.

Growing up, we never had classes on social skills. Addressing this lack of education, Richard engages audiences with interactive presentations that leave them feeling more socially confident and equipped with tools to make meaningful connections in their personal and professional lives. He is also a podcaster, Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation, and Adjunct Instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).

His motto is: “You never know how any connection can transform your life.” Connections can happen anywhere and anytime, so he encourages you to find that excuse to connect!

This event is part of Innovation Week!

Calgary’s tech sector is thriving and growing. From robots, drones and augmented reality to advances in agriculture, energy and health and wellness, there are companies in Calgary who are building cool things with technology.

Innovation Week is an opportunity to showcase the diversity and depth of what’s happening in innovation and technology in Calgary and celebrate the people and the ideas that are having an impact.