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Friday, September 18, 2015

How to Choose a Networking Group

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Susan Bierly, Guest Author

Joining the right networking group can make or break your networking success. Once you take the “Networking Assessment” ask yourself the million-dollar question… Would you refer your #1 Client or your Mother to the members of the group? If the answer is no, walk away, no… RUN!

Things to consider:

NET-ChooseGroup• The type of companies involved (are they marketing to the same end user you are?)
• The percentage of B2B verses B2C members
• Would you have a sphere if you joined?
• How many people were sitting down before the meeting started? (should be zero)
• Are the infomercials (elevator speeches/30-second connections) professional, informative and timed?
• Do the members ask for something specific during his or her infomercial?
• How many referrals are being passed?
• When passing referrals, was there apparent successor “fluff”? People have a tendency to “ramble” and say how great everyone is when they have no referrals to pass
• How many members are in the group?
• How many members were absent the day you visited?
• Atmosphere – is it welcoming? Do they approach you and introduce themselves?
• Do they ask what you do and have a genuine interest in your answer?
• Was the meeting controlled and professional? Was there disruptive side bar chatter?
• Does the meeting start and end on time?
• Are members there early to network?
• Are there guests?
• Did they have a handout for guests on the sign in table?
• Does the group have a mentoring program?
• Did you walk away with the feeling of “I like these people and I felt comfortable?
• Did the facilitator and the members contact you by e-mail, phone or mail after the meeting?

Larry’s NOTE: There are many things to consider when choosing a networking group. Choose carefully. You will want your investment of time to be worth it. I always want to know if the group has a “community” presence. Use Susan’s suggestions and get more info from the Bonus Articles below.

BONUS Articles: Shop for a GREAT Networking Group… Then STOP!
Choosing a Networking Group
Networks that Fit
Networking Events — Which Event Or Organization Is the Right One for You?
Power Your Connections ~ Give Them Something to Talk About!

SusanBierlyCopyright 2015 – Susan Bierly. Susan Bierly is Co-founder of CORE Networking, President of IMC Water Coolers and is an expert in personal and corporate training on sales and networking. Susan has successfully grown her companies over the past 27 years through networking; referrals and repeat business and has never engaged in paid advertising for any of her businesses. Feel free to reach out to Susan at susan@thecorenetworking.com if she can be of help to you or your organization.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Networking Events — Which Event Or Organization Is the Right One for You?

Sue Clement, Guest Author

Recently, I was talking with a business owner who was grumbling that networking was a waste of time.

Every month they spend days and evening at numerous networking events but hadn’t received any new business. Much to their despair, they’ve just experienced a shrinking wallet and a growing waistline from all those eggs and sausages and rubber chickens.

teamDo you sometimes feel like you’re on a networking frenzy – bopping from one event to another hoping to make that “right” connection and make a sale?

Well, listen up – successful networking is more than attending a dozen events every month. Instead just pick a few that you can commit to and then invest your time to leverage it fully.

Think QUALITY over QUANTITY.

Remember networking is about building relationships – you need to be visible and make connections to get the best result from you time. If you join a group you need to go consistently enough to build the relationship. Only attending once or twice a year won’t work!

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With time in such a high demand, how does one go about selecting the right networking group to join or event to attend?

Consider:

The Mix of Attendees

• are they people you connect with
• do they share or service your target market
• can you comfortably pass referrals to them
• do you have anything in common with other members
• does it fit your style – professional, casual, educational, fun etc.

Convenience – if you’re joining a networking group this is essential.

• is the location easy to get to
• is the day or time one you can attend consistently

So before you join a group or run out the door to another networking event – STOP! and re-evaluate your efforts. Which have the best opportunities for you?

But don’t forget – Networking isn’t selling and it’s what happens after the event that makes the real difference.

Make a personal commitment to follow up with everyone you have a conversation with and then pick one person to have a coffee with. It’s a great way to expand your network and grow referrals. You’ll gain increased visibility, have stronger connections, leverage your time AND get more business.

BONUS Articles: Shop for a GREAT Networking Group… Then STOP!
Choosing a Networking Group

Copyright © 2013 – Sue Clement. A dynamic speaker, author, referral expert, and business coach Sue Clement is known for expediting business success. With over 30 years experience in management and sales, Sue brings a depth of real world experience to her clients and audiences. After building a local employment agency from concept into a multi-million dollar enterprise, she is no stranger to the challenges of owning a business and is an expert in marketing, sales and customer service. Sue is an advocate of building powerful networks to leverage one’s success. Visit her Website at: http://www.SueClement.com/

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