April 6, 2016

Netwalking

Business Networking in the outdoors

  • Would you like to meet like minded business owners and start-ups
  • to learn and share ideas,
  • while walking in wonderful natural landscapes ?

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What is NetWalking ?

NetWalking is a unique facilitated networking experience that provides you the opportunity to meet like-minded business people whilst walking in  wonderful natural surroundings

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” Henry David Thoreau

 

Benefits of going NetWalking

  • A space to share, learn, create and exchange ideas for mutual benefit and build new  collaborative opportunites
  • Creativity and thinking heightened by being physically active in an natural outdoor environment nature has a way of bringing in perspective you’ll never otherwise get
  • Connect with new people, ideas, experiences and cultures – that will inspire you and lead to opportunities you’d never expected
  • NetWalking allows you the time and space to work ON your business, rather than IN your business

Standford University researchers published  a recent article  in the Journal of Experimental Psychology which finds that a person’s creative output  increases by an average of 60 percent when walking.

Backpackers scored 50 percent better on a creativity test after spending four days in nature disconnected from electronic devices, according to a study by psychologists from the University of Utah and University of Kansas

What is involved

The walks are around 2+ miles in length (1-3 hours) on flat and low level hills, on marked trails. We walk at a leisurely pace with plenty of rest stops to admire the scenery and soak in the atmosphere. We work with themed questions to help give focus to the conversations. We often call into local entreperneus to hear their stories and learn from their experiences,

Netwalking can make a great company away day and we can incorporate interesting and relevant stops and activities along the way to encourage learning and teamwork etc

Testimonials from our  Netwalks

 “Loved the walk, had some great chats and met some useful and interesting people”

“The netwalk is a really positive way to start a conversation” Eoin o Hagan

“An innovative approach to networking, discussions really good – interesting , informative, excellent atmosphere & encouraging of participation”

As part of the Clare LEO Local Enterprise Week we were looking for something a little different that would help local enterprises step back from their day to day business and interact with others to get a fresh perspective on the future direction of their enterprises. Fergal O’Farrell approached us with the idea of a “Netwalk” where we would utilise the natural environment to get people outdoors and away from their natural work environment. Fergal also developed the “Netwalk” to incorporate visits to local enterprises on the route. This allowed those enterprises to share their challenges, how they overcame them and provided real live examples which was both informative and interesting.

 Fergal broke the “Netwalk” into different stages and at each stage he set a theme for discussion which the participants then discussed in a very relaxed and informal manner as they strolled through the countryside. On the day, we had over 40 participants and at the end of the “Netwalk” you could feel how reenergised and enthusiastic they were to not only drive their own enterprises forward but also to work collaboratively to help and support each other. Padraic McElwee Head of Enterprise Clare Local Enterprise Office

 

“We and others have found that ideas flow more freely in a netwalk than they would around a table in a room. People are more inclined to ‘think outside the box’, and come up with fresh and radical insights and innovations STEPS  Centre Summer School

 

If you are interested or want to know more about netwalking or walkshops contact Fergal @ 087 4176498 or email dreamcatcherbc1@gmail.com