What’s a Huddle? March 20, 2010

Shareology participated in her first Huddle Friday morning.  Let’s ask Neal  Kielar of Agency Babylon to explain the concept: 

“For me Huddle is an extension of the hyper-networking that social media has made possible. Because I’m more present on Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as through my blog <>, it is easier for like-minded people to discover me.” 

“The upside of that is getting to meet so many smart people and be exposed to so many interesting ideas and ways of doing things. The downside is that you can only have so many coffee meetings in week or month or year.” 

“Beyond that, when I do meet with someone new to network I invariably refer them to many other people. That’s where the idea for Huddle emerged. What if I could not only streamline my penchant for networking but also rapidly network other people together, people who I think this new person should meet.” 

“That’s what Huddle does. It allows me to indulge in my desire to network while also honoring the time and needs of those who wish to network with me.” 

“So Huddle meets once a month. It is by invitation only. And it’s usually triggered by someone reaching out to me to get together – although it might be because i want to meet someone. Once the initial guest is selected, I also invite folks that person might find interesting and useful to know. Some of these added guests are people I know well or would like to know better.” 

“I’m hoping to do this on a designated day each month. Same time, same place. And I expect to get every bit as much out of this as I’m hoping to give others.” 

Let’s see a few visuals: 

Neal Kielar and Jools Brandt


Jools Brandt, Joel E. Carlson and Paul Godfried


Kim Opitz and Neal Kielar


Afterwards, Shareology asked Neal Kielar for his take on this new networking experience: 

“I might not be bringing “sexy” back to anything, but the first Huddle shows that we can bring “social” back to social media-based networking.” 

For Agency Babylon’s own take on Huddle, go to: 

For a superb 1.5 minute video, check  out this Kim Opitz offering: 

Shareology was reminded after watching the above video, that the relationships that have sprung out of Twitter have become all the more richer when meetings follow up IRL or …. in a Huddle!! 

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire


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