The Savvy Do Gooder Blog

My name is Nadine Riopel. A lifetime of searching for the best way to make the world a better place has led me to the conclusion that the best path for me to do that is to help others make their giving more engaging and effective. Making 'doing good' work better - for everyone.

Recent Blog Posts

Coffee Meetings 102: Ready or not
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It's go time, folks. You're in a coffee shop facing the actual human you've got a coffee date with. It's a golden opportunity to make a doozy of an impression and maybe even a supporter for life. So... how do you do it? Captain Obvious says: make it about them Most expert types (including me) ...
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Coffee Meetings 101: Are you ready?
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Are you giving good coffee? Coffee meetings are great, even if you're like me and don't actually drink coffee (don't start with me, caffeine heads - it keeps me up all night long). Seriously, though, meeting one on one to figure out what the deal is with another person is networking at its finest...
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Battle of the Sexes: Networking Edition
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Is networking different for women and men? How do issues of gender play into the history of networking? Does it matter? I believe there is a of yin and yang to networking. Whether because of history, or convention, or natural inclination, there are networking activities that are more strongly ass...
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In Defense of Small Talk
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Too much, too soon Picture this: at your cousin's wedding reception, a friend of the family approaches you; someone you've never met. Smiling, he says hello, then asks if you plan to have children and if not, why not, and if so, how soon. Or imagine this scenario: there's a new hire at your offic...
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Top 5 People To Keep In Touch With
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Most of us come in contact with a lot of people in the course of our lives. By the time we reach adulthood, we've met hundreds, if not thousands of them. But we don't stay in touch with everyone. In fact, we don't even stay in touch with all the ones we like. There's a [...]
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The Biggest Barrier To Networking Success
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No Foolproof Formula Sometimes, even if you follow all the expert advice, read all the books, and take all the courses, success is still elusive. This is true in any endeavour, but especially true in the world of networking and interpersonal relationship development. It can be tough to know the r...
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If You Think Socializing Is Too Hard, You’re Right
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Having a social life can feel like a full time job As someone who teaches and fosters social skills any way she can, I'm often struck by the unfairness of it all. Why do we live in a world where acquiring and maintaining one of the most basic human needs is such a struggle? Why [...]
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How Many People Is Too Many People?
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What makes a good network? Is it 10 people? 50? 100? 500? Quantity is something I think extroverts might experience as a special challenge. People who lean towards extroversion (including me) are always meeting people - it comes as easily as breathing. We almost can't help doing it. However, ther...
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The Best Kept Networking Secret
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What The Weirdos Know Have you ever known someone who is well connected in defiance of all logic? Maybe they're a little weird, a little abrasive. Maybe they are awkward and lack social graces. But they seem to know everybody anyway, have no trouble finding people to work with and play with. How ...
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Rejection: When It Isn’t About You
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A few years ago, I was at an event and I saw someone whose work I admired, but whom I did not know personally. Let's call him Jeff. I decided to start a conversation. He was chatting with one other person, so I (using my trusty mingling skills) approached, waited for a break in the [...]
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