What is INA?
As the name goes, Introvert Network Asia (INA) is a ground-up initiative, formed by a quiet group of professionals and business owners who seek to connect with other introverts. We prefer small group conversations to larger events and always enjoy the one-to-one chats with each other in this group. Beyond online connection and meet-ups, INA builds the environment for training, mentoring and self-development programmes.
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Meet Mervin Yeo
Whenever I am asked the question why I started the introvert community in Singapore in May 2013, the immediate reply would go something like this:
“I just wanted introverted people to get out of their cubicles, get off the online platform to an offline one, where we can connect with others, introvert or not, in business or otherwise, male or female, to gain knowledge, learn from the experiences of others, talk shop and do business.”
Introverts Network Asia (INA) started off at Meetup.com as “Networking Just For Introverts” on 29 April 2013, but the first meetup was on 13 May 2013. Since that afternoon at the meeting room in Oromo Coffee, Shaw Tower, we have organised and facilitated more than 80 meetups – social, casual, business meetings as at December 2018.
Introverts are known to make meaningful connections and we need to harness that power. That’s when we realised that we needed a community of our own. The rapid growth of the online community is proof of this latent need.
I see the community as a platform for nurturing the hidden leader in introverts. Introverts Network Asia (INA) aims to dispel myths about introversion and inspire its community to take up leadership roles in their organisations and be role models and influencers in whatever capacities they maye be in, corporate or business. We must overlook our introversion as a barrier to making it to higher leadership positions. I want introverts to embrace their introversion and at the same time gain confidence to relate, interact and make meaningful conversations.
Observing and running the networking community gives me a lot of satisfaction, seeing and hearing how they enjoyed the conversations and connections with members and guests. I look forward to more good years of interactions, shared learning and self-development. Currently we have regular meetups and acitivites in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. I hope INA will soon open up groups in other cities in the region.
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Interview with Channel News Asia
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Interviewing Our Founder
Our founder Mervin Yeo, Chef Judy Koh and Absolute Collective CEO, Jonathan Chew talks about what makes an introvert a good leader in the business world. Here’s the full video interview from Channel News Asia’s morning program, First Look Asia.