Awesome Apps to improve your Schmoozing Skills


Given majority of jobs are found through networking, in case you are not good in schmoozing and mingling, here are several Apps/tools to improve your networking skills. Even if you are good at networking, these apps will still come handy.

Unfortunately, the apps are just for iPhone. Hope someone builds them for Android and Blackberry soon:

1.  MeetMe:
There’s nothing more annoying than emailing back and forth with a colleague to try to figure out where to meet up for coffee, lunch or drinks. For these situations, there’s MeetMe ($0.99), an app designed to help people meet in the middle. You input two locations (or use your current location and input your colleague’s address) and it locates suitable venues in the middle. The search can be narrowed down by type of venue, and you can store contacts and venues in your favorites for future use. From there, you can email directions to yourself and your colleague. The only thing left to do is meet up and have a good time.

2.  Contacts Journal: To make sure you stay in touch with your networks, try a tool like Contacts Journal ($1.99), a contacts relationship management system that helps you keep track of interactions with individuals. Over time, the details of a relationship can start to fade. Contacts Journal allows you to keep detailed notes on all of your interactions (meetings, phone calls, emails, etc.) with each contact and to plan for the future by using the to-do list to add upcoming events to each contact’s log. You can even call, email or SMS from within the app.

3.  LinkedIn: These days, there are so many ways to exchange contact information. Some people prefer traditional business cards, while others enjoy the geek chicness of bumping, handing out QR Codes, or tweeting their business cards. In the world of fragmented information exchange, there is one business standard that we may be able to rely on: LinkedIn.

The free iPhone app gives you the power to connect with over 60 million professionals worldwide. My favorite feature is the ability to connect instantly with nearby users by enabling Bluetooth within the “In Person” feature. You can also set your status, invite contacts, accept invitations, read and respond to messages and keep up with your contacts’ updates.

4.  Happening: The first step in networking is making connections. So, get out there and meet people!

Happening ($1.99) allows you to find nearby events and RSVP from the comfort of your iPhone. You can also browse your friends’ events and view your own upcoming events. The app relies on Yahoo! Upcoming, a social events calendar system, to supply nearby event data.

5. Organize Business Cards with WorldCard Mobile: One of the difficulties with staying in touch with business acquaintances is keeping track of their business cards and transferring their information into digital form for easier use. There are a number of products out there to help keep business cards organized on your computer or online, but now these services are going mobile.

WorldCard Mobile ($5.99) is just one of the options out there for mobile business card scanning and storage. After a card is scanned in, the app identifies as much information from the card as possible and stores it in your contacts, where you can edit any scanning errors that may have occurred. If you’re a light-weight user or would like to try out the app before buying it, there is a free Lite version available that has limited exporting capabilities.

Other business card scanner options include Business Card Reader ($5.99) and ScanBizCards ($5.99). The steep pricing on these apps may just be worth it if you’re on the search for a solution to losing or maiming business cards. The only catch is that all of these scanners only work with the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4, as the iPhone 3G camera isn’t capable of handling such detailed images.

If you know of an equivalent of these Apps for Android or Blackberry, please share them with us here.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

4 Responses to Awesome Apps to improve your Schmoozing Skills

  1. UptownBen says:

    I would like to suggest an app that can be a great addition to this list. It’s the Viciniti app for iPhone. Imagine you are in an unfamiliar city attending a conference. The conference ends for the day but you still want to do some networking. The Viciniti app let’s you select your professional category (ex. Entrepreneur, Web Developer, etc.), “check-in” where ever you are, setup a meeting and search for people around you who are available to meet. Once you’ve checked-in you can also be invited to meet by others on Viciniti. You can search for other by selecting specific professional categories, or perform more general searches. Invitees can see who invited them, the meeting agenda, number of attendees and the place to meet.You can also accept or decline meeting invitations. I think it’s a great app to add to the “Shmooze” list.

  2. Ben Hornedo says:

    Hi Elias,
    I just added a comment regarding my Viciniti app for iPhone, which makes a great addition to your list.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/viciniti/id367879281?mt=8

    Thank you,
    Ben

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