Business networking works for us!

31 Oct

I wonder how many Pest Control companies attend business networking meetings.  My guess is, not many – well I haven’t come across any more in this area of the country.  Why is that?  Many of my clients and potential clients also attend these meetings and they have been invaluable in referring business to people out of the networks, forming alliances with members such as Estate and Letting agents and also finding trusted suppliers.

I’m a member of three membership networks, 4Networking, Norfolk Business Club and BNI Morning Glory and they all work in different ways for me.  BNI is purely a referral and support network, 4Networking is Passport membership and I can attend any group across the UK and Norfolk Business Club has valuable speakers that have a wealth of knowledge to share that I would never have known about, or had to pay a very high cost to access.

The key to making membership a success is that it’s vital to engage with other members, don’t sell as people will buy from people the know and trust and most importantly, turn up for every meeting and treat it as part of your working day.

If you haven’t tried networking and think ‘it’s just not for me’, well my suggestion is to take another look at it – it’s not all cuff-links, suit and tie and the old boy network any more – it can also be fun!

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3 Responses to “Business networking works for us!”

  1. Alex Sinclair November 1, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    I live in the Kent area and would like to link to groups in the south east

  2. Jonathan White (@TWOMarketing) November 3, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Great article

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