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Stoa Digest #47: Making a Splash 🏊🏻♀️
How to grab attention in the smallest way, at Stoa.
This week’s editorial is written by the team.
Making a Splash with your Introduction
When you sign-up to do an MBA, one of the foremost thoughts that one usually has is, “My network will grow”, and you’re completely right about that.
Similar to that experience - your Stoa network is also one that is meant to multiply & grow.
When you first enter the gates of our Stoa Discord - one of the first things you’re made to do, is put up your Introduction.
But how does this further your quest of building a network - wellllll, in short, the better your introduction, the more conversations it will start. Prompting you to find your tribe in this digital world.
How do you write a good introduction?
Give them a hint of ✨you✨ in it.
Tell them about your hobbies & interests. 🏃🏽♀️ 🎭
Leave something for them to pick up & have a conversation with you about. 💬
In the outside world, Introductions are usually overdone & tiring, we mark ourselves by the places we work, cities we live in & money we earn.
This is your chance to break out of that mould.
Something your introduction should prompt other people to do, is to have a conversation with you about it. It’s also the best way to carve out a niche for yourself.
For eg. Many of us who interacted with her introduction, know that Apoorva Kanotra is a walking directory of pop culture information.
Another eg. is Monique who told us she’s lived in Madagascar, and she’s also aware that 90% of us know this from the movie alone - so she’s referenced it & very well.
It makes you want to get to know what her life has been like on an island a movie was based off of!
Think of it this way: It’s like writing an email, but as a text message, to a group of people you’re hoping will eventually become your friends & peers.
So, when you finish writing your own introduction, find someone else’s to also talk to them about.
It works two ways, this does, if you make these less like your resume, and inject more of yourself into it - you’re more likely to get responses asking about your experiences.
Discord isn’t really timed, it’s not an Instagram story that ends in 24 hours, you’re allowed to scroll up, and find old conversations and bring them up again. You can do this with Introductions too!
And don’t be scared to unarchive an old thread, it’s exciting for us to see that happen!
The force field of having a tight network within Stoa is one that gets felt very strongly, so use the resource & chance of doing it - to the best of your ability.
📆 Upcoming Events 📆
This week is a double events week!!
On Tuesday, 10th May -
We have a Kaksha session being hosted by Sameer Mohan on Product Marketing. Having build the PM(Product Marketing, doston, not Management) arm for companies like the Ken and Fisdom he’s built his skills immensely over the years.
If you’ve wanted to foray into the field, or want to echange notes on Product Marketing - Tuesday is when we’ll see you!
On Thursday, 12th May -
One of our coaches takes the (Zoom) stage to help us navigate the waters of coaching ourselves.
It’s not easy to not listen to that tiny voice in your head guiding you to stay on the right path - but Madhulika will be guiding us to listen mindfully to it, so as to make our decisions the best ones for us.
P.S. : We might have an additional event on the Amphi that gets announced tomorrow, but we’re still waiting on an availability confirmation from the fellow.
🥳 🎂Birthday Parttaaayy! 🥳 🎂
Happy Birthday to Siva Gadi, Arvind Rajasekaran and Gautami Shelar!
10th May - Mrityunjay Joshi
15th May - Leesha Agarwal
📣 Announcements 📣
For those of you that might’ve got really confused about getting a mail from us on Friday -
We launched the Stoa Roll-Up last week - it will come from this account itself, into your inboxes at 7PM every Friday night.
The Stoa Roll-Up is where all the content that gets shared on our Discord goes to be curated.
From all the Playground & Quad channels on our server.
If you havent heard yet - please go pick out your roles or topics you’re interested in from the #pick-your-roles channel, that way you can find more people to fill your tribe with!
🐝 Community Buzz 🐝
🥲 Meme Wars 🥲
The Memelords have gone into hibernation, so winning ‘Meme of the week’ is barely a contest anymore.
Butttt, this week’s winner was a new entrant!
Tanzeel Ur Rehman - fresh off of his first ever Case Weekend 🤝😭