Blog with Rob: The best networking at your conference may be the commute!

If you’re only networking at trade shows and conferences you may be missing out on some of the best one on one time you could get with possible new partners—the ride home.  I’m sure most of you know about Uber by now, and many also know about Uber’s carpooling option UberPool.  UberPool offers discounted fares to riders who are willing to share a backseat with a complete stranger but at big events in major metro areas, the service can have the beneficial side effect of forging new business relationships.

Think about it, at huge conferences with thousands of people walking around it can be difficult to really forge a meaningful connection with a new contact.  And while this CNBC article acknowledges you’re taking a huge chance with who you’ll end up in riding along with, it could end up the beginnings of a beautiful new professional bond.  If you go to industry specific events or trade shows often, this could be a new way of expanding your network.

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut of the same circles of people when it comes to exploring ways to grow your business or sales revenue streams.  This is a simple trick to piggyback off of what you’re already doing to unexpectedly grow your own professional circles!

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