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Networking Questions

There is a German saying that roughly translates to “Those who ask are in the lead”1 that nails it pretty well for me. Now, I don’t mean to say, the one who asks is the boss (even though the saying is often interpreted like that). To me it rather means: the one with the questions acts as a guide through the dialogue that hopefully ensues. To navigate toward a constructive, fruitful conversation, the mindset you start out with is essential. Having the right questions not only helps you get into that mindset, it actually also helps triggering it in your counterpart.

  1. Wer fragt, der führt

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QR Code Scanner Apps for iPhone and iPad

Lately, there seems to be a growing interest for QR code scanner apps on both platforms, iOS and Android. We at QRu have seen an increase in traffic from search engines with search terms hinting in that direction, too. So here we go with a few recommendations for QR code scanners. This post will cover apps for the iPhone and iPad, a later post will tackle QR code reader apps for Android.

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The Networking Pitch (aka Elevator Pitch)

In some western cultures there’s this meme that women tend to visit the facilities in pairs or groups. Now, some of you male readers might believe that this is due to an evolutionary caused need to exchange gossip. That’s absolute nonsense. The fact is that there are always too few toilets in the ladies room, so there is usually a queue. Waiting in queues alone is boring. Bringing a conversation partner is thus a perfectly sensible thing to do. If that is not an option (no women at your table etc.) the next best thing to do when waiting in line is to start chatting with the others waiting. A great opportunity to brush up on your small talk skills (and listening skills of course), but that’s not what I’m getting at.

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The Magical Business Card

Myth has it that in Japan business cards are handled like crossbreeds of raw eggs and diamonds. Not only do they carry contact data, they are all but considered an extension of the person. The recipient bows while respectfully handling the card with both hands, taking the time to study it carefully. And they should, as they have to behave towards the owner of the card according to their status and rank in social hierarchy. So they convey very valuable information.

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Generosity Mindset

Years before I even looked into the networking topic, I read this Buddhist advice that you should let go of everything and everything you truly need, will come back to you. What seemed like a very spiritual thought at the time has actually proven to be a very hands-on guideline for me. Focusing on what I can give others sets a completely different tone to any relationship. This already influences the first conversation I have with a person. It changes the way I listen and helps me implement strategy one for being interested in a conversation partner. See my previous post on listening skills.

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Listening Skills

We are all able to listen, but listening well is an art that takes a lot of practice to master!

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Networking is about Listening

Have you ever encountered one of these clingy, slightly obnoxious people at a work event, who want to sell their idea to you at all times? At first they strike up a friendly conversation and you figure “pleasant chap, open and good at socializing”. You exchange business cards, and after reading theirs you decide that they are only mildly interesting to you. And then they don’t seem to know when to stop. They keep on raving about their idea – at the coffee break, during a speech, they pounce on you at the lunch buffet… And when you finally thought you escaped them in a small workshop, they manage to track you down and gleefully seize the seat next to you. And they have yet to ask you about your current job or your reason for being at this event.

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A Better QR Code Scanning Experience

Yesterday, we updated our servers with a couple of new features and enhancements. The most important of these is the new contact page, i.e. what you see after scanning a QRu QR code. It got a complete face lift. Speaking of faces: your contact data page will sport yours! Unless you didn’t add a picture to your contact data set. (Which you always should to stay more memorable! So do add your portrait or avatar right now! UPDATE: so there really is no reason anymore to print your photo on your business card.)

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New Server - Data still safe

Our little service moved to new hardware last week. You didn’t notice a thing? Good! We did try hard to keep interruptions of the service to a bare minimum.

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Insidrrr Day 03

QRu will present on the InsidrrrDay 03 on April 27th. We will talk about our experiences founding a first start-up. How does an idea turn into a business? We will address hurdles we took, mistakes we made and the things we learned on the way. And of course about out service, providing complete contact data for easy import. Without typing.

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Company vCards: publish contact data for an organisation

Not only people have addresses and telephone numbers, blogs and facebook pages. Companies can now be directly represented in QRu without referring to a particular person or putting the company name into the family name field (or some other field were it does not belong).

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Import Your Contact Data From LinkedIn

As you may know, we don’t like unnecessary typing much. That’s why we try not to make our users type as well. As of today, we are one step closer to that goal: you can now import your contact data from you LinkedIn profile. Xing and Facebook will follow as additional import sources soon.

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Congratulations to ToS;DR!

We are proud to have contributed to the fund raising campaign of “Terms of Service; Didn’t Read”. This really is a wonderful idea: the aim is to give an indication about the quality of the terms for using a service from a consumer perspective. A classification is given to show which sites are more trustworthy than others. You can also see the key aspects of the ToS resulting in the classification, which we found very enlightening.

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All New Contact Delivery Experience

Today we deployed an awesome update to QRu greatly improving the user experience when scanning one of our QR codes. The page is now much more friendly and informative and a lot less cluttered.

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Patch Yer Badge!

We just finished implementing a special gadget to bring to the EPS. Sort of boarding the Pirate Summit. We feel soo meta.

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Public Beta

QRu is now officially in public beta! We offer a service to distribute your contact data in a way that is compatible with (almost) all smartphones. So by putting a tiny QR code on your business card you can save the recipients all typing: they simply import your complete data into their smartphone by scanning the code. We see to the rest.

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