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Why join a networking group? - NRG Advocacy Training - The Basics

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2011-04-27 23:45:16
Why join a networking group?

 

Business Networking

Quite simply meeting with people regularly who have a shared commitment to building business relationships is highly efficient.

I network for advocates, those people that will recommend me unreservedly. I find that building trusted relationships and becoming an advocate for others first is the best way of doing this. I look for networking groups where the members have a similar outlook.

 

Let me give you an example of where belonging to a group saved me about three years of Business Development.

 

A while ago I had the opportunity of hosting a meeting for a group I belong to. I decided to give people an exercise in becoming an advocate quickly. Before that I shared some numbers about my experiences in building relationships within the group;

 

 

Total group members

320

 

Members I had met

179

               

121s with members    

129

 

Furthering relationship        

  84

 

People I advocate

  26

 

Someone then asked how many advocates I had in the room. It was more than 26!

 

I have subsequently calculated that to achieve this result without belonging to the group I would have had to have attended at least 12 times as many 'open' networking meetings. That would almost certainly have taken me an extra 3 years.

 

If you're not sure about joining a group then maybe you need to do some sums of your own.

 


Martin Davies

NRG Business Networks


Posted by Martin Davies at 23:45:16, 27 Apr 11
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