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F2F Networking Tips

All In One – Business Networking PLUS

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

A networking group, when properly run and and with the right people, should be more than an on-going referral source. Of course generating referral business is often times the #1 reason to join a BizBuilders Networking Group, or any business networking group, for that matter. But the hour spent can yield so much more, such as

A Leadership Opportunity: One of the stated mission of BizBuilders is to give some practice for business people to run an effective meeting.

A speaking opportunity: Sign up to give a business-related presentation.

Camaraderie and fellowship with like-minded people.

A place to go to get the day started. My brother Fred, when he first started working from home, was having trouble getting the day started. I suggested for him to go to the coffee shop at 30 minutes before he was to start the work day and grab a coffee and say hello to a friend or 2. The coffee shop was exactly 1/2 way to work. Once a week, your business networking group will get you out of the house or office.

A place to make personal connections and gather personal resources. There’s more to business than just business.

Get the materials you need to run your great group, and then gather the right people, and make it happen!

Get Together F2F

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Meeting together face to face, F2F, trumps a phone call or a text, everyone would agree. Video chat is a good way to go for long distance dealings, but whenever possible, to build real relationships there is nothing like sitting down in person. Business networking and business networking groups remain powerful ways to build business relationships, generate referrals, and word-of-mouth business because of the simple fact that we meet in person.

Google+ has a great feature now called “Hangout” that allows a video chat conference. It is a lot of fun and I use it a lot to connect with people that are more than 30 minutes away. But my BizBuilders Networking Group is more powerful over the long term because we actually are together. In this day and age of text and email, a phone call feels personal! A video chat is fun and exciting, but the visit – in person – is still the best, most human, and effective means of building relationships.

Because of this fact, we are honored to try to facilitate people meeting F2F for business reasons. Business is a great excuse to make more friends and enjoy life with more people. Our curriculum and program is perfect for starting a business networking group and creating more business by getting people together. F2F is what we do!

 

Be an Inspiration

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I love to be inspired. I need to be inspired. The people at my F2F networking group are inspiring me every week and I am a better business person and a better person overall because I wake up a little early and travel a few minutes every week. Sure, we pass referrals, we talk business, we console one another in tougher times and we celebrate together, but when we inspire one another, that’s when the magic happens.

Be inspirational.Here’s some inspirational words to get you started, because it is a lot easier to be inspirational if you are a person of magnificent character. I hope this inspires you today.

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; (more…)

Holidays and Snow Days

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

  1. Holidays: The meeting shall go on UNLESS the holiday falls ON the meeting day. Expect a lighter showing for holiday weeks, but also expect a deeper, more meaningful relationship-building time.
  2. Snow days and other inclement weather: When the schools are closed, or delayed during the meeting time, in the area of the BizBuilders Meeting, then the meeting will be canceled officially. This way, all a member has to do is get up and tune in to the local media and watch the school closures report and they know what to do. By the way, the hard part of this is getting all the members to know this, so as always, PASS THE WORD!

The Four Legs of the Long Conference Table, Part 1

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

We all know that a conference table generally has four legs. The longer the table, the stronger the legs must be. We all want a long conference table for our networking groups to fit a lot of people around. A lot of members and a lot of guests. Members bring familiarity and joviality with an element of trust and passing a lot of referrals is inevitable. Guests make us sit up straight and add an excitement for the future as we expand our networks, opening opportunity along the way.

But the four legs have to be strong to support a long conference table. If they are weak, the table may break and send your party scattering in panic. If they are weak from the get-go, your guests may suspect that it is unsafe and stay away from it in the future. So if you can have and show off your strong conference table legs, you will have success in building a (more…)

Start on time, End on time, have a Good Time

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The backbone of networking and business relationships is commitment.How can you show your commitment to your group and to your other business relationships? The first and most obvious is that you show up on time to your appointments. People

They actually give a medal for Diligence in Russia. In capitalism the reward is $$$

may never tell you to your face, but if you are consistently tardy and you are not getting as many referrals as you think possible, there might be a connection.

It has been said (by me) that punctuality, or lack of it, is 50% of a good first impression, or 90% of a bad one. These days, though, it is almost acceptable to be late. Or should I say, it seems like people don’t mind being late, but they still don’t like it when someone else is.

Sometimes emergencies happen. Not very often, but (more…)

5 Steps to Building an Unstoppable Referral Network

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Do it Yourself, Do it Right, For Less Money and Greater Return.
A BizBuilders Networking Group, when operating according to plan, is a Mastermind Group, a sales meeting, a place to practice leadership skills, a place to learn business skills and it should be fun and productive. Fellow BizBuilders supply knowledge and accountability as you help each other grow your business, pass referrals, and gain valuable business wisdom. 

What if you could start a Networking Group for for only $38? You Can, and Here’s How: (more…)

BizBuilders Groups, not too formal but get’s the referrals flowing. How?

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Generate More Referral Business with BizBuilders Networking Group Curriculum.
Join an Existing Chapter OR Start a Chapter for Yourself

The structure is different:

Rather than pay dues to a big organization, your dues, if any, stay right with your chapter. All members invest in is the actual meeting and promo supplies and their listing on the BizBuilders Networking Groups members directory! We supply the know-how and materials, and you lead and participate in your very own group.

A BizBuilders Networking Group, when operating according to plan, is a Mastermind Group, a sales meeting, a place to practice leadership skills, a place to learn business skills and it should be fun and productive. Fellow BizBuilders supply knowledge and accountability as you help each other grow your business, pass referrals, and gain valuable business wisdom.

The mission is different:

Never punitive, never militant, never just an infomercial. It‘s all about being a professional development program with a built in referral network, focusing on 3 missions:

  1. Making Introductions and Building Relationships Primarily through the Weekly Meeting and passing Referrals, being a Sales Force for one another.
  2. Developing Business Leaders without distracting them from their own business.
  3. Being an On-Going Professional development Program Imparting Skills Every Week.

Cell phones on stun

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Please, let’s turn off the ringers on our phones. In formal meetings, it is customary and just considerate to leave the phone ringer turned off or leave the phone in the other office or car. Unless you are expecting an emergency call, please do not interrupt others by taking routine office calls during a meeting. It shows disrespect to both the president of the meeting and the attendees. A sales and or training meeting is one notch down from a “formal” meeting, yet you may still be asked to turn your phones off. Also, be respectful of those who are expecting an emergency call, and sit on the interior seats, leaving the outboard seats for those of us that may have emergency or urgent calls. We don’t want to miss that call, but at least when the vibrator goes off, we can quickly slip out of the room and handle the call.

BizBuilders Networking Groups Curriculum

Friday, September 24th, 2010

According to Napoleon Hill, a mastermind group is essential to success. Word of mouth advertising is the undisputed champion of the most effective methods of getting good business. Many organizations don’t have the old weekly sales meetings, and many reps are not being held accountable and or encouraged enough every week. Solopreneurs can suffer from isolation that robs them of their motivation.
A Business Networking Group can be the cure for all those ailments. Some benefits to a functional, effective Networking Group can be referrals passed to you, business skills that you can pick up from presentations and discussions held, camaraderie and encouragement on a regular basis, and a chance to build yourself a sales force by having 5 – 25 other people from your group out remembering you in conversations and passing out your business cards. Promoting one another’s services and products, and becoming customers of each other can take your business to the next level.
To date, there really are just 2 main courses of action if you want to be in a business networking group; Find one that exists and join it, or start your own. For many industries, starting your own is the way to go because your industry seat may already be taken. Even if there were an organization that had groups in your area, chances are something would not work for you: the dues they demand might be too expensive, they might have a philosophy that does not jibe with yours. Maybe the group has dilapidated to a social meeting. Maybe the group is too punitive, or militant. Maybe it is just plain corny. Here’s a couple of things that you might consider if you want to get into a structured weekly networking environment.
The first option is to locate all the groups in your area and see if there is a spot you can fill. I recommend that you do this because you will make a lot of contacts and you just might hit it it off with some people that can really inspire and equip you to do great things. Also, you might just find the perfect match for you; a meeting at the right time, the right distance from your home or place of business, that meshes with your business philosophy and a method that you will enjoy being a part of.
The second course of action is to start one of your own. Benefits: You name the time and place, you direct and lead or at least choose the person that you want to lead the group the way you would like to have it go. You will make more contacts by starting it yourself and you will have a higher visibility (read, more referrals). The con: How to go about it? There is a lot to a networking group, especially starting one, and a lot of it is counter-intuitive. That is, things that would seem to make sense end up destroying a group, and some things you think don’t matter do, and the things a group needs to have just aren’t apparent. So what you need is help.
The answer? Over the last 5 years, the folks at BizBuilders Networking Groups (yes, one of my companies) have developed the 1st Do-It-Yourself Networking Group Start-up and Maintenance Curriculum that gives you all the information and tools that you need – all the forms, the methodology and structure, including web-presence – that you need to get a group started, all at about 10% of the cost to the members to join as joining one of the big dues-collecting organizations.
Here’s how it works: You buy the curriculum, which comes in various sets, and you do the work to get the group together. It is all laid out for you. Each member just purchases their own supplies, or the group can share, whatever, and they each sign up to be listed as a member on the local chapter web-page, which is supplied with the Chapter Start Up Kit. If your chapter, or you, want to collect some dues (which is a good idea because there should be a financial commitment on the part of the members), that’s okay. It stays with you or your chapter. You can use it for whatever you or your chapter feels is most important. If you want to have a group that has no dues, then that’s fine, too.
Here’s why it makes sense: In reality the person that starts the group and leads the group does all the work anyway. Why not spend just a couple hundred dollars and have a whole chapter up and running with each member spending a little bit to be listed on the website and buying their own supplies for a few dollars instead of sending THOUSANDS as a group off to the “National HQ” for “support” that they rarely really deliver?
Why this is the time: I just rolled out the website and the opportunity to get the curriculum this morning. Right now, I am offering the Chapter page set up as part of the package price, and the members listing is only 7 bucks a month. More importantly, it takes time to build a real network, so every week that goes by is vitally important. Getting started is sometimes the hardest part, but it is the part that truly successful people do to differentiate themselves from the herd. Your future is determined by how soon you start and how well you do on everything. Getting started on your networking group and meeting like-minded professionals and passing referrals back and forth is best done immediately.