Let's face it, professional networking is tough. Networking events are awkward and LinkedIn has become a stiffer, less fun version of Facebook, now with 100% more creepy stalker revelations (who is Dan J. and why did he look at my profile 12 times last week?)

Alas, there is a new app that is changing everything: Shapr. Like a Tinder for networking, it combines the fun of swiping with the effectiveness of meeting just the people you need to meet in the professional world, taking the awkwardness out of networking.

Using Shapr means you can see a person's profile but they don't get weirded out because it looks like you might be a stalker. It also doesn't clog your email inbox with useless notifications every time someone updates their resume or leaves a job. Simply swipe right when you see someone that you would be interested in speaking with, for whatever reason, and go from there. Set up coffee or drinks or don't - just email an introduction and see where it goes. If someone looks like a waste of time, swipe left and a connection is never made.

Turning to Shapr for your professional growth has never been more relevant.

So many people treat LinkedIn like an alternative to Facebook. Why are we "LinkingIn" with our friends? They aren't going to help us network, find new jobs or discover new potential customers. Or how many people are you connected with that you a) have never contacted or b) even know who they are!

LinkedIn has become a waste of time for everyone except recruiters. If you're looking for a new job, great, but what if you just want to meet people in your industry? That's where Shapr comes in.

Shapr is also a great replacement for those awful "networking events."

Normally you get 50 people in vaguely the same industry or, really, the same geographical area, with nothing better to do for happy hour on Tuesday night. Everyone ends up standing around eying the greasy finger foods and mentally working out how many drinks they should consume to find that Goldilocks-level of just the right amount of booze to loosen up, but not so much that they tell everyone about that time in college when they attempted to steal a panda bear from the zoo.

With Shapr, the awkwardness and wasted time from those horrible networking events are erased. Instead, you'll only connect with people that are beneficial to your professional network.

It's a great way to avoid that annoying laminate flooring sales guy that somehow turns up at every networking event you've ever been to. Seriously, does that guy do any real work? And why is he always slapping you on the back and telling you about his "wild night out?" He's definitely a "swipe left" kind of guy and once you do, he's gone forever. No more obnoxious stories and no more laminate flooring pitches.

Using Shapr, you can easily find and sync with professionals in your area. Whether you're looking for a new job, trying to expand your business, or looking increase your knowledge in the industry, Shapr provides the tools to simply and conveniently get in front of the right people.

With Shapr you get honest, effective networking without the annoying nonsense that makes old-fashioned ways so exhausting and frustrating.

To try it for yourself, simply enter your digits here to receive your free download link.

So, let the swiping and productive networking begin with Shapr!

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