7 inspiring articles to change your views about networking

These are a few of the articles and interviews that had a big impact on the Shapr project. These articles demonstrate how social connections can be a source of empowerment and happiness. The TEDx interview of Robert Waldinger is a must-see. Adam Grant’s book GIVE & TAKE is also a great source of inspiration for being more generous in your networking opportunities.

1/ What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

Robert Waldinger, Psychiatrist and Professor at Harvard Medical School

Robert Waldinger is the Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, which is one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies of happiness in history. Waldinger presented his findings from the study in this very inspirational 2015 TEDx talk.

Waldinger’s research proves your life is shaped by the social connections you foster. 75-years of research showed that having quality relationships in your life, both personal and professional, dramatically improves your memory and your health.

Watch the video: http://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happiness?language=en

2/ Social Networking Affects Brains Like Falling in Love

Paul Zak, Neuroeconomist and Professor at Claremont Graduate University

Journalist Adam L. Penenberg met with neuroscientist Paul Zak to study the chemical reactions that social networking produces in your brain. What he discovered is that meeting new people triggers oxytocin, a generosity-trust chemical that is also produced when you’re falling in love.

Read the article: http://www.fastcompany.com/1659062/social-networking-affects-brains-falling-love

3/ Wharton Professor Adam Grant Explains Why The Most Successful People Are Givers

Adam M. Grant, Author and Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

In Adam Grant’s book GIVE & TAKE, Grant explains that the most successful people genuinely try to help others around them. In this interview, Grant highlights a few points made in his book about why it’s important to be a Giver rather than a Taker.

Read the article: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-secret-to-success-is-giving-not-taking/

4/ Ten Minutes of Talking Has a Mental Payoff

A February 2008 study conducted by University of Michigan concluded that spending just 10 minutes talking to another person can help improve your memory and your performance on tests.

Read the article: http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/6137

5/ Why Face-to-Face Networking Still Trumps Social Networking

This Time article talks about the importance of actually socializing in person, face-to-face, instead of relying on social media to build relationships. The article suggests you can network online as a first step to meet new people, but should also force yourself to meet contacts offline and build deeper connections.

Read the article: http://business.time.com/2012/04/27/why-face-to-face-networking-trumps-social-networking/

6/ Manufacturing Serendipity

Rand Fishkin explains why he spends 30% of his time meeting new people, even though it is almost impossible to measure the exact payoff.

Read the article: https://moz.com/rand/manufacturing-serendipity/

7/ Why Being The Most Connected Is A Vanity Metric

Michael Simmons talks about the importance of having an open network, meaning you continually talk to people outside of your existing circle. According to his research, your career success is directly related to how often you meet people outside your circles, not just within them.

Read the article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelsimmons/2013/12/03/why-being-the-most-connected-is-a-vanity-metric/2/#74d0eaae7b25

Feeling inspired?

Shapr is a mindful networking app that makes meeting new people seamless and meaningful. The goal behind the Shapr project is to make connecting with likeminded professionals easier, so people can spend less time looking for the right people to meet and more time talking with them.

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