LWOL Recap: Feb 27, 2019

February 27, 2019 13:47 By Aaron

Sharing Success Stories

Today, RaInforest went back in time and used the old LWOL format: structured small group conversations. The concept is to facilitate a discussion with people that our attendees have not met before in order to learn:

  • Who you are?
  • Why you are interested in the Rainforest concept?
  • What do you need help with?
  • What can you give back?
  • What is a recent success you have accomplished?

Our participants broke into small groups of 4-5 people and got to know each other more intimately than a normal, unstructured networking event would normally allow. After 25 minutes of conversation on the topics above, we heard success stories from the groups. Some of the successes shared include:

"Started in Edmonton, now running two businesses. Starting to see the necessity of giving back to the community!"
"Recently worked with an oncologist, she used my crafted message to pitch on stage  at a large event."
"Nearly got to shoot a video with Snoop Dog!"
"Witnessing an undergrad student talk to Ashif Mawji when he presented, which is unusual (when else will an undergrad have the opportunity to talk to a prominent venture capitalist?), and get advice on how to manage her time."

Why do we use this format? By facilitating connections between diverse individuals who have never met before, we have the opportunity to create serendipitous connections where innovation can actually happen. When someone with a great idea meets someone with past business experience, plus someone with the finances to get the project off the ground, they are much more likely to be successful working together than if they try to go it alone. 

Why should you attend a Rainforest event? Simply put, you never know who you will meet and how they will help you grow your business. A key connection, a well-facilitated introduction, or the right person to join your team might be waiting for you at the next event. 

Join us next week to hear from Colin Christensen from THNQ.