Host and Founder
I have attended a LOT of networking events. In some of those cases, I’ve come away with some real value, but more often than not, they feel like a perpetual grind. I was struggling to put my finger on the exact problematic theme, but then I got introduced to the work of author and researcher Adam Grant. After reading “Give and Take”, Grant’s first book, I realized something: Traditional networking events favor the selfish (a “Taker” in Grant’s parlance). To create real value attendees have to survey the room, identify the co-attendees who are the highest value targets, and then capture those individuals’ attention long enough to squeeze in their pitch. I may have taken few liberties with cynical hyperbole there, but you get the idea.
I wondered what would happen if that concept was turned upside down. What if people came together at an event with a purposefully selfless approach instead? What if everyone’s first thought upon a new interaction was “how can I be of help to this person? What if elevator pitching was downplayed in favor of sharing insights and advice? What if people introduced themselves based on WHO they sare instead of WHAT they do? Now that might not be an event for everyone, but it certainly seemed like something I had yet to experience.
And with that, the Spark Series was born. If you’re interested in attending one of our events, please contact us.
If you would like to reach out to me personally instead, I would be happy to hear from you via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, I look forward to seeing you at our next event.