Connecting with Brock alumni, students and industry leaders through virtual networking is easy and convenient!
Brock University Alumni Association is pleased to announce a brand new series of free online networking events that allow graduates from around the world to connect and chat through an online platform. Build your network, share experiences and serve as a resource to others from any location.
Online networking enables you to easily sign in from your home, local library, smartphone, or tablet. Chats are text-based and timed, and a transcript of your conversations will be saved for you to access after each event. You can look back at your chat history, review your notes, gather contact information and follow up with your new connections on LinkedIn or via email.
How it works
TIPS & HINTS
When you register for a Brazen event you will have the option to upload your CV and provide a link to your LinkedIn profile. Make sure your profile is set to public so it is visible to everyone. Fine-tuning your resume and profile will help make a great first impression. This is how people will first learn about who you are!
Write a brief introduction about yourself before the event begins that you can copy and paste at the beginning of each chat. One or two sentences that include your education, experiences and your goals should do the trick. This will keep you from spending the first few minutes thinking about how to introduce yourself, and help you put your best foot forward right from the beginning.
Come up a few quick questions you can use to start a conversation. Keep in mind that open-ended questions tend to elicit the most insightful responses.
Don’t wait for the other person to begin the chat – introduce yourself right away! Each minute is an opportunity to strengthen the bond between you and the person on the other end, so be bold and start the conversation right away.
Even though the person on the other end of the chat can’t see you smile, they will be able to sense your attitude, and you want to come across as positive and optimistic.
Put your most professional foot forward, just like you would do during an in-person networking event. Don’t lean too much on abbreviations like LOL and BRB.
After the event concludes, be sure to connect with the people you met. One of the best places to keep the relationship alive is LinkedIn, where the other person will be able to learn more details about your background and easily get in touch with you down the road.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When you register for an event, you will receive a confirmation email after completing the registration process. You will also receive reminder emails. Check your junk mail for these emails.
When the event starts, you will login and enter a virtual lobby that houses several booths with representatives or topics for discussion. Over the course of the event, you can freely enter and exit any booth you choose.
Booths are set-up with a representative (a person you can chat one-on-one with) or a topic (where you can join in an open conversation about an area of interest).You will be able to choose which booth you would like to join once you login.
Yes, you can wait to chat in multiple booths at one time. You will be placed into the first available chat when a spot opens up. Once you join a chat, your position in the other booths will be held while you are chatting.
Start chatting right away. After introducing yourself, you can ask questions or make comments about the topic.
All chat times are set. Feel free to follow-up with someone via LinkedIn or email (if they provide you one) after the event.
After each chat, you will be asked to score your interaction and provide some notes to help you remember your conversations. These scorings and notes are completely private, only visible for you to see when you log into your account. You will also be able to see transcripts of each chat.
You will receive a survey via email after the event where you can provide feedback on your chat experience and any recommendations you may have on future topics that interest you.