One of the great things about belonging to a business club, networking group or whatever you prefer to call it, is the diverse range of businesses and the reasons for attending.
We find some members; especially sole traders join to get a feel of belonging, finding it really useful to meet with other professionals on a regular basis. It’s a great way of gaining access to experience and knowledge they might have to pay for elsewhere, and of course from someone you know and trust.
Members have also expressed they have a more enthusiastic approach to their business after attending the meetings, triggering new ideas and implementing changes to make improvements. Getting fired up ready for the day is so important and is easier when you have just had an excellent meeting with twenty or so positive people.
Another great reason for joining a club – You have an event, you need to get it out there, you have facebook twitter etc......and now you have twenty five fellow members sharing, liking, tweeting etc...it’s just s great way to amplify your viral capability’s. Help with posters, flyers etc can be useful too.
Then of course there’s business leads from fellow members. Maybe this could be at the top of the list?....after all, at the end of the day we are all looking for more business, but I have chosen to talk about this last because Business leads come naturally once you achieve the above! It’s as simple as that, it’s all about giving, belonging, trusting, advising and being positive......the leads follow as a natural progression.
There are many networking groups in the Forest of Dean, all are a little bit different in content and structure, but the same rules apply. I have been a well seasoned networker over the past few years and would recommend trying at least two or three groups to get a measure for the one that suits you best, but do yourself a favour at least give it a go. Most groups offer a free trial and at worst it might cost say a tenner or so.....what have you really got to lose.
CAP Business Clubs run every Monday and Thursday morning from 8am – 9am, come along and visit for free! (subject to availability in your industry)....just mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Also happy to recommend other groups, see http://www.capbusinessclubs.co.uk/links.html
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