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NetworkingspeakingAre you finding this year a challenging one for your business? You’re not alone. Right now, it’s difficult for just about everyone but with a well thought out plan, a mega dose of desire, and a positive approach, success is possible for YOU! There are many options available when it comes to promoting your business with some being more effective than others but have you ever considered participating within a networking group? We’re talking about one that is comprised mainly of local professional men and women with the sole purpose of exchanging business ideas and gaining contacts? If not, consider the advantages since it is a low cost and effective way to grow your business.

Let me tell you, I’ve had some great experiences while networking in this way. Generally, such groups are comprised of about 30 or so members, each from a different profession, sharing practical advice and lessons learned as they establish trust with one another. What a terrific opportunity for a first hand referral as you sharpen your own saw while establishing valuable long term trust-worthy connections. Just think about the last time you needed something repaired in your home and the only source you had was either Yellow Pages or the Internet? It’s easy to be left out in the cold when you consider those options but just imagine having your own ‘database’ within a network of trusted professionals who can steer you in the right direction. Think too, about those same professionals talking to their contacts about you! This is the power of networking within the ‘right’ group and why an effective networking group will prove to be a valuable resource that keeps on giving. There are some real clues to consider in your quest for finding the perfect networking group. Below you will find some tidbits to guide you along the way. If you already belong to one maybe you will see something that will help yours reach the next level or simply add your comments below to extend this list.

Etiquette practices that can be found within most networking groups: 

  • Breakfast is included for members each week.
  • You are expected to be ethical, professional and experienced in your line of work.
  • Each business category is represented by one member and conflicts of interest are disallowed.
  • Attendance is a must for meetings. As we know everyone is busy and situations occur but you should consider to a rule with a maximum number of meetings that can be missed.
  • Members of the group give one qualified referral every week as if everybody works at giving referrals there will be more money for everyone.
  • Sponsor one or more new members within your first year
  • Each member once a quarter should visit someone’s place of business in the group while they are on the job to see what they actually do so you can better refer them.
  • A group holiday party which is part of your membership fee, a great time to bond, relax, and furthers your relationship with members. When you are at the party be social, visit as many members as you can.
  • Guests can be invited to have a free breakfast twice as they decide if they would like to join the group.
  • If two professionals show up the same week it is necessary to have a speak off between the people, with an answer to the question, Why should he or she be chosen to represent the group?
  • Have a board of three or four members more if the group is over 35, who decide if they are a viable candidate to join the group, mediate when there are disagreements which do happen, and they have the final say over all pertinent matters.
  • Many groups have their members speak for about 3 minutes depending on time constraints.  You will notice some members will find this to be uncomfortable as they are not public speakers and will need you support. What happens is that members learn to become better public speakers by participating within this exercise. This is also done by sharing your 60 second elevator pitch or commercial which will tell others who you are and what do you do.

The above guidelines are meant to give you some insight as to what to expect. They are not written in stone but you will see that the best ones have these elements in one form or another. Remember, the goal is to build relationships, give quality referrals, and attending meetings on a regular basis so as to become an effective networker. You have to believe in yourself as you extend your hand to your fellow networker as you give a sincere thank you that creates a win win situation. By plugging in you will see your business flourish regardless of even the most challenging of economic climates. Never give up, stay the course and you will succeed! Create an excellent week ~Bonnie

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Bonnie Gortler (@optiongirl) is a successful stock market guru who is passionate about teaching others about social media, weight loss and wealth. Over her 30-year corporate career, she has been instrumental in managing multi-million dollar client portfolios within a top rated investment firm. Bonnie is a uniquely multi-talented woman who believes that honesty, loyalty and perseverance are the keys to success. You will constantly find her displaying these beliefs due to her winning spirit and ‘You Can Do It’ attitude. Bonnie is a huge sports fan that has successfully lost over 70 pounds by applying the many lessons learned through her ongoing commitment toward personal growth and development while continually encouraging others to reach their goals & dreams. It is within her latest book project, “Journey to Wealth”, where Bonnie has made it her mission to help everyone learn the steps needed to gain sustainable wealth and personal prosperity. Order your copy of ”Journey to Wealth” today!

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Bonnie Gortler, the Inspired Wealth & Well-Being Coach, is a successful stock market expert who has been instrumental in managing multi-million dollar client portfolios within a top rated investment firm during her over 30 year corporate career. As the author of "Journey to Wealth", Bonnie has made it her mission to share the importance of risk management and how to enjoy true financial well-being by applying the technical and mental sides of investing. Bonnie has a M.B.A. in Business Administration and is a certified life coach. She is a huge sports fan who believes in healthy eating and has an unyielding passion for fitness. It is through her love of social media, blogging, coaching that she is able to create change in the lives of many and inspire people from around the world.

Bonnie is fully committed to your personal growth and development as she shares her winning spirit and powerful techniques with you. Visit BonnieGortler.com to gain tips and insights surrounding investing, healthy eating, personal development and inspiration through her writings on Wealth and Well-Being. Live the healthy, wealthy lifestyle you desire.


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Bonnie Gortler, the Inspired Wealth & Well-Being Coach, is a successful stock market expert who has been instrumental in managing multi-million dollar client portfolios within a top rated investment firm during her over 30 year corporate career. As the author of "Journey to Wealth", Bonnie has made it her mission to share the importance of risk management and how to enjoy true financial well-being by applying the technical and mental sides of investing. Bonnie has a M.B.A. in Business Administration and is a certified life coach. She is a huge sports fan who believes in healthy eating and has an unyielding passion for fitness. It is through her love of social media, blogging, coaching that she is able to create change in the lives of many and inspire people from around the world. Bonnie is fully committed to your personal growth and development as she shares her winning spirit and powerful techniques with you. Visit BonnieGortler.com to gain tips and insights surrounding investing, healthy eating, personal development and inspiration through her writings on Wealth and Well-Being. Live the healthy, wealthy lifestyle you desire. ~ Connect via LinkedInTwitterPinterest & Facebook~ Choose your very own FREE down-loadable gift by visiting Bonnie's Offers~ Subscribe to BonnieGortler.com~ Order your copy of "Journey to Wealth" today! Like this post? Feel free to use it in your blog or ezine as long as you use the above signature in its entirety.  

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