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I have just been to one of my meetings and I was watching a visitor who had come along to Elite6 for the 1st time and it inspired me to write this blog!
If you’re not familiar of the structure of our meetings… each person speaks for five minutes about their business while sitting at a table of up to six. Tables are mixed each week, so you get to meet different people. This is a major point of difference with Elite6 compared to other networking groups!
So when we have a newbie I like to let them speak last for two reasons; the 1st is that they get to see that it’s not about pushing your product or service to the others at their table and the other reason is that we don’t want to put them on the spot, as I remember how daunting it was the first time I had to talk for five minutes.
As a full-time networker, you get to be quite intuitive. I could see the newbie was not really listening to the other people, he was fidgeting, not making eye contact with the people talking and I could see he was just waiting for his turn to talk about himself. That may sound mean, however this is pretty normal. It’s why we give people a month of free visits to see if we are the right fit for their business and for us. It also takes time for them to see what we are offering as a Business Networking company.
I was so proud of the other members at the table who spoke before the newbie. No one had a business card, they did not even say what they did for a living, instead they talked about everything about and even talked about the joy they got from watching their 8 year old playing rugby in the weekend. Another spoke about the value of cooking dinner with their family vs getting takeaways. Often newbies interrupt members by asking sorry who are you and what you do? That always puts a smile on my face.
The below 5 Tips I truly believe makes a good business networker and this is why we read OUR MISSION statement every meeting;
In conclusion I would like to leave you with what I feel the two biggest misconceptions to business networking!
It’s not about industries. Did you know that hogging your industry limits the growth of your business family? It’s not if you are compatible with all the other members, it how you deal with incompatibilities. I’m a true believer in that I don’t have any competition – we work with other business networking companies who share similar values, I remember getting together with four other business networking companies putting on a fundraiser in raising $10,000 for needy person that is want it is all about.
Elite6 most successful group is non industry based. The rule only one industry in each group, who the hell came up with that rule?! This is a total misconception. It is time to think different. Elite6 has been going since 2009 and I do respect that rule. However all new groups are now non industry based.
And the last misconception… people often asked me how many are going to be there? My reply is always the same: just you and me. However I talk to 300-400 people each week! Once I get to know you and understand your business I could become your biggest advertisement. A real-time walking, always talking billboard. Others at our meetings have the same attitude, quick tip you never truly know who you are talking to or who they are connected to, it is never about numbers.
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