I am a big believer in the power of face-to-face networking (I’ve posted several blogs earlier on networking) and that good information can come from the most unexpected sources. A good example was found in the September issue of one of my favorite magazines, Indianapolis Woman, free on the literature stands at many supermarkets. See “Indy’s Ambassador” to learn more.
I know many of the professional and civic groups operating in Greater Indianapolis but this issue of IW identified a new one for me: IndyHub. This five-year-old, nonprofit, no-fee organization is aimed at gathering Greater Indy Young Professionals (generally in the 21-40 age range) together to network, socialize, do charitable work, celebrate all that Indy has to offer and help make professionals new to the community feel welcome and at home. This is done through a wide variety of offerings and events including a Habitat Build, participation in the annual IndyVolved event, informal Happy Hours and more.
I asked several MBA alumni who seem to be “in the know” about IndyHub and each said they have been to IndyHub events, which are well-done. They also said lots of interesting people attend, and they plan to attend more.
Why not check out Indy Hub, see what is going on, and then get out there? Going by yourself to a new group can be intimidating, so why not get some friends to team up? But then split up—you already know your buddies. Whether you go by yourself or with friends, get there earlier, smile, meet the event host, talk with others who seem to be alone, ask questions and circulate. The first time is the hardest.
You’ll never know what unexpected good things might happen unless you get there. Try Hubbing, see for yourself, and let me know how your experiences went (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org). Have a great time.
-Dr. Charles Waldo, Professor of Marketing (Retired), MBA Outreach
Dr. Waldo is a guest blogger for the AU MBA Program.