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How To Approach Total Strangers With Complete Confidence, by George Verdolaga

In this presentation you’ll learn how to: 

•  Make engaging conversation with people you’ve just met for the first time

•  Win respect for your knowledge and ability

•  Create a lasting impact that will enable you to be remembered long after you’ve met


Learning to approach total strangers is a huge challenge for many people. Done properly, it can open doors to many opportunities such as a new friendship (or romantic attachment), a new (or better) job or more business clients. Striking up a conversation with someone new is a life-enhancing skill that anyone can – and should – master.  George Verdolaga shares 5 key strategies to overcome 3 things that hold us back: (1) fear, (2) self-doubt and (3) habit. At the end of the talk attendees will discover not only how to create relationships out of thin air, they’ll know how to create meaningful and lasting connections with people they’ve met just once.


George Verdolaga is a serial entrepreneur, author and one of the top networking coaches in Vancouver. He helps people find clients faster and more efficiently by teaching them about effective networking.

George was teased and harassed during his teens and finished high school with only a few close friends. During his University years, George was the person that most people ignored, as he was socially awkward and lacked self-esteem. Once George went into business for himself George joined – and became the leader – of several business networking groups. These experiences helped him to become self-assured and comfortable in various types of social and business situations. After learning how to overcome his fear of public speaking and how to develop strong connections along the way, George shares the lessons he’s learned about how to network effectively so that you can be known, liked and trusted and build lasting personal and business relationships.


The doors will open at 6:00pm. Informal networking takes place from 6:00pm to 6:30pm. The formal part of the meeting runs from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Then there's speed networking until about 8:45pm.

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  • Paul M. B.

    Ouch! Drove all the way in only find every parking lot wanted 20 or more to park. Very frustrating after driving into the city. Looks like transit next time. Hope it was good. Wanted to share with everyone how to save on toner and ink that I learned about in another group. Truly amazing. Email me
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    Actually make money doing it. It's a no brainer. Hopefully next time.

    October 29, 2013

    • Paul M. B.

      Saw alot of meters with no parking signs on them.

      October 30, 2013

    • Josh R.

      You have to check the dates and times on the signs - last night was fine

      1 · October 30, 2013

  • Lindy R.

    I'm so sorry I missed it! A client came in just as I was leaving and I couldn't get away. I don't usually "no show", Roger. Sorry.

    October 30, 2013

    • Andrea B.

      Lindy, Was looking forward to seeing you! Next time for sure! Quite a large group!

      October 30, 2013

  • Keith K

    Thanks George for a great presentation with life and business altering impact! I'm sure people are making new connections today. Congrats to Roger and Iman on the milestone and for hosting a great meetup.

    October 30, 2013

  • Stephen W.

    First Meetup event I've attended. Well organized, great topic and I really enjoyed the VBN speed networking at the end.

    October 29, 2013

  • Michaels C.

    sound like a great a networking opportunity

    October 28, 2013

  • Stephen W.

    Hi everyone, I'm looking forward to this event as well as the speed networking segment.

    October 26, 2013

  • Yaron C.

    Hi Everyone,
    I'm Yaron, and I'm looking for starting a small business which will be import-oriented. However, I'm also interested in IT, so I'd love to know what Vancouver has to offer in that sense too.

    October 8, 2013

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