HuddleDo FAQs:


What is a Huddle?
A Huddle is a term we use to describe an in-person networking group comprised of 3 people (You + 2 = Huddle). You, as the Organizer, connect with two (2) other professionals chosen by you. (See "How do I set up a Huddle?"), and agree to meet off-line. Alternatively, you as an Invitee, invited by an Organizer, agree to meet off-line with the Organizer and one other person chosen by the Organizer. Sometimes referred to as a troika, this type of in-person networking is very popular for its ϋber-efficient and targeted way for professionals, like you, to generate new leads and to get helpful tips to help your business grow.
Why Huddle?
Stated simply, Huddling is the most efficient way to create real business opportunities. Using the power and convenience of the web, it’s the same as if you walked into a room full of professionals representing only the types of businesses that fit with your needs, and then after surveying the room, and after careful consideration (which on huddledo.com can take just a few seconds), you select 2 people to join you in a face-to-face meeting in your local area. Since you have chosen the people you will meet, and since you will meet them in a small group of three (see, "Why are there three (3) people in a Huddle?") a great opportunity has been created to get real business done.

Why are there three (3) people in a Huddle?
When it comes to networking, 3 is truly the magic number. Although networking one-on-one can produce results, adding an additional person to your Huddle creates a unique dynamic that provides economies of scale, and an opportunity for even better results. The third person most times acts as the conduit to facilitate the solid networking that may initially be lacking. Having more than 3 in your group can result in a lack of focus and often ends up with fragmented discussions. Therefore, 3 is ideal. Know that we didn’t dream-up this number, as some offline networking groups have already adopted this methodology for its proven results.
How does HuddleDo work?
After setting up your free profile, there’s only one thing left to do; start organizing Huddles. As the Organizer you can propose the date of your Huddle(s), and by using our advanced scheduling option, you can even suggest a time and location. You are then able to browse other member profiles in your local area within the professions (industries) chosen by you, and select/invite up to 6 people (“Huddlers”) for your Huddle.

Although each Huddle ultimately consists of 3 people (you + 2), we encourage you to select and send invites to 6 people at a time (as people can be on vacation, or have conflicting schedules). Each of the 6 people will simultaneously receive your Huddle request, and the race to fill your 2 slots is on! As the Organizer, once you have your 2 Huddle slots confirmed you are able to close the Huddle to new participants. Remember, you’re able to create as many Huddles as you wish, including new Huddles with those you previously invited, but who had conflicting schedules, or did not respond quickly enough.

Once closed and/or submitted, you and your 2 Huddle participants are connected on a common Huddle Wall where all three of you are able to agree or discuss your suggested date (and/or time and location) for the Huddle. (See, "What is a Huddle Wall?")

A cool benefit of having your networking profile on HuddleDo is that you are able to receive requests from other Organizers to participate in their Huddles as well. You are able to easily manage both the Huddles you are organizing as well as Huddles you’ve been invited to join – all on your Dashboard. (See,"What is the Dashboard?")
What makes HuddleDo different from and better than other professional networking sites?
We are different from and better than other professional networking websites because our members do what truly grows their business: choose relevant professionals, meet offline in groups of three, build real relationships, exchange leads, share helpful information, and do real business. This is much better than what other online professional networking sites do - share content, create groups or build a broad list of under-utilized contacts. Although these sites perhaps can help keep you connected to interesting news and other content, rarely do these efforts generate face-to-face meetings or real business opportunities.
When registering: What should I say when asked “How I can help others”?
What you say here is really important. This statement tells others why you are a good resource for them and why they should Huddle with you. Since HuddleDo believes in “give and ye shall receive”, this statement is your opportunity to summarize how you might share your resources and what you can do to help others. Be creative while making yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd.
When registering: Why do you ask for my zip code?
We ask for your zip code in order to establish your local area. This is used to match you with other professionals who are in your area, and who’d be willing to travel certain distances to meet with you, as well as the distance you are willing to travel to meet with them. Note: you are able to change your default zip code at any time as well as adjust your default zip code for Huddle specific searches. (Think, I’ll be in Miami next week on business. I want to Huddle with local professionals while I’m there.)
When registering: Why do you ask how far I am willing to travel?
We ask you to designate a travel distance so we can match you with others based on their travel preference. Like zip codes, you are able to change your default travel distance at any time as well as adjust your default travel distance for Huddle specific searches. (See, "When registering: Why do you ask for my zip code?")
How do I set up a Huddle?
As the Organizer, click on the “Create a Huddle” button and follow the easy steps. You can propose the date of your Huddle(s), and by using our advanced scheduling option, you can even suggest a time and location. You are then able to browse other member profiles in your local area and within the professions (industries) chosen by you, and select/invite up to 6 people (“Huddlers”) for your Huddle.

Although each Huddle ultimately consists of 3 people (you + 2), we encourage you to select and send invites to 6 people at a time (as people can be on vacation, or have conflicting schedules). Each of the 6 people will simultaneously receive your Huddle request, and the race to fill your 2 slots is on! As the Organizer, once you have your 2 Huddle slots confirmed you are able to close the Huddle to new participants. Remember, you’re able to create as many Huddles as you wish, including new Huddles with those you previously invited, but who had conflicting schedules, or did not respond quickly enough.

Once your group is set and you’ve submitted the Huddle, you and your 2 Huddle participants are connected on a common Huddle Wall where all three of you are able to agree or discuss your suggested date (and/or time and location) for the Huddle. (See, "What is a Huddle Wall?")

A cool benefit of having your networking profile on HuddleDo is that you are able to receive requests from other Organizers to participate in their Huddles as well. You are able to easily manage both the Huddles you are organizing as well as Huddles you’ve been invited to join – all on your Dashboard.(See,"What is the Dashboard?")
Can HuddleDo.com automatically suggest a Huddle, including the people I should invite?
Yes! When you click on the “Create a Huddle” button you are given two options: Select your own Huddlers or let the system select for you. If you ask the system to select for you, based on the categories and radius that you have provided to HuddleDo, HuddleDo will propose a Huddle, including suggested Invitees. The invitations will not be sent until you tell the system it is OK to do so. You can tell HuddeDo to send out the invitations as suggested by HuddleDo, not send out any invitations at all, or if you like some, but not all of the Invitees suggested by HuddleDo, you can drop the ones you do not want to invite, add new Invitees you want to invite, and then tell the system to send out invitations as you have configured it.
What is the Dashboard?
Your Dashboard is your home base and provides a central location where you can easily manage all your Huddles. The Dashboard lists Huddles individually, and under the “Action” column provides a link for each Huddle to manage that Huddle. NOTE: This is the default page you will be directed to every time you log in.
Can I add anyone to a Huddle?
Yes. But please note that once you designate your desired business categories you want to Huddle with and specific geos, your searches will default to only those professionals who fall into those categories and geos. You are welcome to create on the fly searches for different category(s) and geos, in order to find other professionals outside your pre-defined criteria. Unless you edit your Profile settings, your searches will always default to your original settings.
What is the "Action" column on the Dashboard for?
Your Dashboard lists each Huddle individually and each Huddle listing includes a link under the Action column that enables you to directly manage that Huddle. This link may take you to the "In Process" Page for that Huddle, where you can manage Invitees, confirm your Huddle by Submitting it to the system, or if you are an Invitee, accept or decline the invitation. (See,"What is the "In Process" page?"), If the Huddle has already been Submitted, this link takes you to the private Wall of that Huddle where you can discuss your meeting logistics with the other participants.(See,"What is a Huddle Wall?")
What is the "in Process" page?
The "In Process" page is the separate page for each Huddle where the Organizer of the Huddle can add or delete Invitees, and where an Invitee can accept of decline an invitation. It is also where all participants can view the profiles of the other Huddlers and where they can communicate with each other via HuddleMail, our private proxy mail service. The "In Process" page is accessed through your Dashboard. (See,"What is the Dashboard?")
Can I change my search radius?
Yes. You are able to change your default search radius (in your Profile) as well as change your search radius for individual searches.
Can I organize a Huddle with only one other person?
To get the most out of the service, it is highly recommended to Huddle with 2 other professionals. However, you are able to organize a Huddle with only one person. By way of example, if you invite multiple people to a Huddle and only 1 has accepted, you are able to close the Huddle with just that one person.
As the Organizer, can I delete someone from a proposed Huddle who has not yet accepted their invitation?
Yes. From time to time, you may feel the need to delete someone you have invited to a Huddle. However, please be aware that you should provide ample time for the person to respond to the invitation. As you know, professionals can be quite busy so you might first want to send them a nice message (via our private HuddleMail proxy: (See, "How do I communicate with other Members?") to remind them about your upcoming Huddle. In the event you need to delete an Invitee, you are able to replace them with someone else.
Am I able to decline a Huddle I'm invited to?
Yes, it’s real easy. On your Dashboard you will see all the Huddles you’ve been invited to. If you want to decline a particular invite to a particular Huddle just click on the Action link for that particular Huddle and click the “Decline” button. Note that if you accidentally Decline a Huddle, you can simply click “Accept” and your status will change accordingly.
Can I block specific members from sending me Huddle requests?
Yes. Each user thumbnail listing in the search results page includes a button to block that particular individual. Also, on the “In Process” page of a Huddle you can click on the block button for a particular participant. (See,"What is the "In Process" page?") Note that if you accidentally block someone, you can always unblock them by clicking on the same button.
Does HuddleDo use my data to match me with other professionals?
The members of HuddleDo match each other, we don’t. The categories and geo-location you provide are the parameters used in the searches that other Huddlers use to find you to invite you to a Huddle, or that you use to find them to invite to a Huddle. (Please see-"How much of my professional information is shared with other HuddleDo members?" for the data provided when a search is made.)
How much of my professional information is shared with other HuddleDo members?
Only the professional information you provide us will be shared with other HuddleDo members.
How do I know if someone has accepted my invitation to Huddle?
If someone has accepted your invitation to Huddle you will receive an email notification, the border around the Invitee’s picture on the In-Process page for that Huddle will turn green (red for declined), and if you roll your mouse over the Invitee’s picture it will also give you their status for that Huddle. (See,"What is the "In Process" page?")
How do I communicate with other Members?
Once you invite someone to your Huddle, or you are invited to a Huddle, you are able to correspond with each participant via HuddleMail, our private proxy mail service . Look for the little envelope below each person’s picture on the In-Process page for that Huddle, (See,"What is the "In Process" page?"). Your HuddleMail can be accessed from the Inbox link in the toolbar at the top of each page. Once your Huddle has been confirmed, the Huddle Wall enables you to communicate in real time with the other Huddle participants. (See: "What is a Huddle Wall?")
What is a Huddle Wall?
The Huddle Wall is where you communicate with the participants of a confirmed Huddle in which you are participating. In general, the Huddle Wall is where you openly discuss and agree, in real time, on meeting specifics with the other Huddle participants.
Where do Huddles take place?
Huddles can take place anywhere the group decides. As the Organizer, you are able to propose a location, however the group must agree to meet at that location. If another location is deemed more suitable by the group, the Organizer is able to edit the Huddle Wall and add the new location. (See,"Can Organizers update meeting details?") A cool feature on every Huddle Wall is our location recommendation service. If you can’t think of a place to meet, check out the map in the upper right side of the Huddle Wall and consider one of the recommended meeting places.
How does our Huddle group decide on the meeting specifics (location, date, time)?
Each confirmed Huddle has a private wall (See, "What is a Huddle Wall?") where participants are able to communicate with each other. In real time, the Organizer may propose a meeting place, however it is ultimately up to the group to decide on the most convenient place to meet.
Can Organizers update meeting details?
Yes. Organizers are not only able to edit proposed date, time and location for each Huddle, but it is highly recommended. We offer the ability to import meeting logistics into your local calendar, so Organizers should consider updating the final details prior to the Huddle, enabling the other participants to easily update their own calendars with the most current details.
Can I import Huddle events into Outlook or Google calendar?
Yes. We offer you the ability to import Huddle details to both Outlook and Google calendars. The links to import Huddles are located on each Wall for a particular Huddle.
How do I cancel the Huddle meeting?
The Organizer is able to cancel the Huddle by clicking the “Delete Huddle” link located on the Huddle Wall. Each participant will receive an email notifying them the Huddle has been canceled.
What if I am late to a Huddle meeting?
You can communicate on the Huddle Wall (see, "What is a Huddle Wall?") with the other participants. (They will also receive an email of each communication.) Also, prior to the Huddle, when utilizing the Huddle Wall, it’s a good idea to exchange cell phone numbers in case of such a contingency.
How much does the service cost?
Registration on HuddleDo will always be free. Remember, we do not ask for and you are not required to provide any payment or credit card information to use the service. After the beta period, we want you to know now that we may consider implementing a nominal charge to participate in Huddles. But don’t worry, if that should ever happen you will only be charged if and when we ask for, and you provide, your credit card or payment information to us. But no matter, there will never be a charge to be part of the HuddleDo family, have your profile on the site, and/or to receive invitations to Huddle.
Why do I want to earn points?
You want to earn points because the more points you have the higher your profile will appear when other members search your category and radius. If you have more points than anyone else in your category and radius, you will appear first in such a search. This will likely result in you being invited to more Huddles. Also, based on points, all members are given a designation. The more points you have the higher designation you will be given---Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Huddle Master (See, How do I earn points?), which will result in your higher credibility on the site.
How do I earn points?
The following is how you earn points:

Merely registering on the site: 2 points

Referring one or more colleagues or friends to the site: 3 points

Each confirmed Huddle: Organizer = 4 points, Invitee = 3 points

Rating a Huddle: 1 point per Rating (See, What is /why do I want to rate a Huddle?)

You earn the following designations based upon the following points earned:

Designation Points Earned
Bronze 2
Silver 10
Gold 35
Platinum 70
Huddle Master 140
(See, "Why do I want to earn points?")
What is /why do I want to rate a Huddle?
After each Huddle we send you an email asking you to quickly rate a Huddle. This just means that we ask you to confirm the date and place of the Huddle, and we ask you to very briefly rate the Huddle. For example, when rating the Huddle you can quickly confirm for us if it was useful and if the location chosen for the Huddle was good for Huddling. This is your way of letting us know if we are serving your needs. It is also a way for you to earn points so you appear higher on search results and achieve a higher site designation for increased credibility. (See, "Why do I want to earn points?")
How do I cancel my account?
Although we hate to see you leave, you can cancel your account by sending an email request to: cancel@huddledo.com.