Have your business friends and partners suggested you join some business networking groups but you thought that’s only for people who are new to business? Well think again.
Networking groups are basically businesses helping businesses. The city of Barrie has many. Most of which you attend in person but there are many online business networking opportunities that shouldn’t be overlooked. After all isn’t social media all about social AND business networking.
Who are they for?
Business networking groups are for anyone who wants to grow their business. And who doesn’t? I’m always looking for that great new deal or great new customer and I’ll bet you are too. Like many of you, I worry about what will happen if my businesses run into a big slow down; who knows with this economy! Wouldn’t it be fabulous to meet lots of other business owners with the same fears who work together to enhance each other’s businesses? It’s nice to know we have others who we can rely upon for support and guidance.
As an experienced Mortgage Agent I like to participate in these groups to become involved in the Barrie business community and to educate the many small business owners about the mortgage industry. If I receive a client referral from a fellow business owner, bonus!
What if you are the newbie?
Are you new to the area? Small Business Networking will introduce you to lots of more seasoned entrepreneurs who can help you get your business on the road to success. Not a bad business proposition.
There are several kinds of groups out there. Some are of a casual nature in approach whereas there are others who are structured, where you apply for entry, and must fulfill attendance expectations. Some are heavily focused on referrals and ones that are ones that are focused on education and information sharing.
Many people join more than one. I try to limit my membership to 2 or 3 groups as I don’t want to lose focus on my mortgage business. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day.
The dreaded “infomercial”
If you are considering joining any networking group, you must be ready give an “infomercial”. This is a short speech to the group where you give a quick synopsis on what your business is. Time is usually limited to 30 to 60 seconds. If standing up in front of a crowd makes you feel queasy, and want to throw up, don’t fear. Networking groups are great places to work on getting over your shyness as you are practicing your “elevator” speech in front of friends. No judgment here! We’ve all been there.
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