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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Join the Networking “Huddle!”

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Some churches have huddle groups that pray and teach the Bible. Businesses have huddle groups that help develop the culture and activity of their business. Football players utilize the huddle to let everyone know the next play. Some Social Media groups have huddles. Even Emperor penguins have developed a social behavior that when it gets cold, they huddle together in groups that may comprise several thousand penguins.

huddle1jpgThere is an online place to huddle at www.huddle.net. It is a distinctive web-based workspace for project teams, freelancers, consultants, agencies, clubs and any other business network that needs team members to work together.

Networkers can develop huddle groups of selected people who are committed to help each other. It’s a getting together of your “closest” networking friends to brainstorm about promotional ideas, sharing expertise, business stratagies, solutions to mutual problems, etc. It is similar to a “Master Mind Group.”

A Networking “huddle” group is very different than a networking meeting. It’s about collaborating on a much smaller scale than networking meetings. No leads or sales pitches.

First, you need a like-minded professional network of your own. You choose who will be in the group initially, and as the group matures, others may have ideas of who to invite to join you. Before allowing others into your group, it’s important to screen them to make sure they’ll fit into the existing group and that their commitment level is high. You also need to find the time to get to your “huddle” group meetings and remain accountable to your fellow “huddle” group members. This is part of your community.

karyngreenstreetKaryn Greenstreet, author of “How to Start a For-Profit Mastermind Group,” says, “Even with a screening process your group is likely to run across people who say that they’re committed but then don’t participate, or who say that they’re honest but then fail to keep the trust of the group. Be prepared to ask people to leave the group who are not participating up to the group standard and do it quickly once the poor behavior becomes evident. A “slacking” member will bring down the energy and fun level for the whole group.”

There is synergy of energy, commitment, and excitement that participants bring to a “huddle” group. A great advantage is that participants raise the bar by challenging each other to create and implement goals, brainstorm ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion. “Huddle” participants act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues.

One group I am aware of meets for only about 15 minutes each week: a micro-meeting. They meet at exactly 8:47 a.m., stand, rather than sit and there is no food served. It truly is a close group of about 5 or 6 people who huddle around the table. Each has just a few minutes to tell what they are working on and request assistance from the group on a specific project. Responses are short and quick to the point. Others take notes and call that member with suggestions after the meeting.

“There is no need to tolerate negative people when you and I are surrounded by people of higher consciousness. It’s time to refine who and what we define as our community.” – David Bell

A similar concept of the “huddle” group was formally introduced by Napoleon Hill in the early 1900’s. In his timeless classic, “Think And Grow Rich” he wrote about the Mastermind principle as: “The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”

You will gain tremendous insights, which can improve your business and personal life. Your “huddle” group is like having a objective board of directors.

Now you know. It’s time to create your own “Networking Huddle!”

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