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Originally posted by DKOfTFC DKOfTFC wrote:

Originally posted by MacCO MacCO wrote:

Originally posted by BillyGoat BillyGoat wrote:

Awesome post Sir! Small talk is one of the things I sometimes have trouble with. I've found, for others with the same issue, that if you focus networking activities on areas you have a passion for the small talk becomes very easy and enjoyable making the transition to "needs" discussions easier.   I've used Meetup.com to find groups that I have a lot of common interests with.
Bizarre, I just stumbled on to Meetup.com this morning before seeing your post.  I'll probably test drive a couple of groups.
I  myself have been looking at MeetUp.  Maybe a dumb question, but as you mentioned you have looked for groups that you have common interests in, what types of things have you found?

Is this pure Business (Small Business) Owners, or things like hobbies etc.  I'm just curious what mix has produced well for you.

Thanks !

Well, I test drove a couple of groups and even started one, and it's about as I expected:  Very few serious players, virtually no understanding of reciprocal business relationships, just people fishing for leads. 
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thank you for including this in the guest lobby! 
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Originally posted by MacCO MacCO wrote:

Originally posted by DKOfTFC DKOfTFC wrote:

Originally posted by MacCO MacCO wrote:


Originally posted by BillyGoat BillyGoat wrote:

Awesome post Sir! Small talk is one of the things I sometimes have trouble with. I've found, for others with the same issue, that if you focus networking activities on areas you have a passion for the small talk becomes very easy and enjoyable making the transition to "needs" discussions easier.   I've used Meetup.com to find groups that I have a lot of common interests with.
Bizarre, I just stumbled on to Meetup.com this morning before seeing your post.  I'll probably test drive a couple of groups.
I  myself have been looking at MeetUp.  Maybe a dumb question, but as you mentioned you have looked for groups that you have common interests in, what types of things have you found?

Is this pure Business (Small Business) Owners, or things like hobbies etc.  I'm just curious what mix has produced well for you.

Thanks !

Well, I test drove a couple of groups and even started one, and it's about as I expected:  Very few serious players, virtually no understanding of reciprocal business relationships, just people fishing for leads. 



I joined a couple groups and ended up Test-driving one of the hot chicks I met in them. I also got this other one as a client (Small $25,000 but adding DCA every month).

They were a waste of time for the most part business-wise. Besides the happy hours with the divorced women craving some D.
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Originally posted by missionshooter missionshooter wrote:

Originally posted by MacCO MacCO wrote:

Originally posted by DKOfTFC DKOfTFC wrote:

Originally posted by MacCO MacCO wrote:


Originally posted by BillyGoat BillyGoat wrote:

Awesome post Sir! Small talk is one of the things I sometimes have trouble with. I've found, for others with the same issue, that if you focus networking activities on areas you have a passion for the small talk becomes very easy and enjoyable making the transition to "needs" discussions easier.   I've used Meetup.com to find groups that I have a lot of common interests with.
Bizarre, I just stumbled on to Meetup.com this morning before seeing your post.  I'll probably test drive a couple of groups.
I  myself have been looking at MeetUp.  Maybe a dumb question, but as you mentioned you have looked for groups that you have common interests in, what types of things have you found?

Is this pure Business (Small Business) Owners, or things like hobbies etc.  I'm just curious what mix has produced well for you.

Thanks !

Well, I test drove a couple of groups and even started one, and it's about as I expected:  Very few serious players, virtually no understanding of reciprocal business relationships, just people fishing for leads. 



I joined a couple groups and ended up Test-driving one of the hot chicks I met in them. I also got this other one as a client (Small $25,000 but adding DCA every month).

They were a waste of time for the most part business-wise. Besides the happy hours with the divorced women craving some D.

Funny, years ago I had a similar experience.  Joined a group of desperate people trying to sell to me and my clients.  There was a horny divorced women among them.  Omar laid the pipe after a few cocktails one late evening.  Was worth the wasted time in meetings.  I may or may not have gone back for more...
The game is out there. Either play or get played.
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Some of the "networking" meetups in my area want $100 per meeting. I don't think that includes any food or drinks with that. There is a new women's networking group that works schedule-wise, but only has like 4 members and says no more financial advisors can become members. There is only 1 in the group. They say you can go to 3 meetings before joining so I think I might check it out and if it is pointless then no harm, no foul. If it does seem useful then I'll get my life and health licenses because they do have spaces for just about any i surance agents.

Meetup seems to be a fairly dead platform these days, but I think anything other than "networking" groups would be better. I think I'm going to check out Rotary and Toastmasters too. The closest Toastmasters group to me has a board that is almost entirely CFPs. It might be useful to get some mentors or other job prospects...butmost likely won't get me clients.

Anyone try their local Chamber of Commerce meetings for prospects?
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Only join associations for the purpose of the association itself.  Everyone has tried associations for "networking" and you will be found out fast if that's ALL you are there for.  

It's called "commission breath."

I would assume that you won't get ANYTHING out of a group for the first year of activity with an active association.  

The only place where you *might* get faster referrals, is if you're doing active service projects such as Habitat for Humanity.  If you're working side-by-side with people, and can get to talking, it's different because you're working together for a cause.  Plus, you're probably dressed for such work instead of being in a suit and tie.

But you've got to have true intentions rather than just trying to swoop in and get a sale and leave.
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The longer I door knock and the Moore success I have with it, the thought that continues to push me to do it more is that I fucking hate "networking." I'm sure it's because I'm not good at it but being in a room with a bunch of people at a function and "slyly" trying to build rapport so I can get their info just plain sucks. No thanks.

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Networking is for fags.
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Originally posted by Monkey Monkey wrote:

Networking is for fags.

I was thinking more that it's the ultimate avoidance activity--nick murrays shark. Lulling you, making you're thinking you're prospecting but you're really not.

I realize there is a time and place for every method though
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The phrase "Everything works, and nothing works," is a phrase I repeated to myself ad nauseam in the early years.  Networking-for-the-sake-of-networking would yield a good contact with a decent rollover, and then the next 12 months of meetings I'd end up sitting between the balloon-o-gram guy and the bake your lunches in a jiffy meal-planner lady, knowing neither of them had a clue.  Cold calling would get a few warm leads to a seminar, and then I'd get nothing but mouth-breathers for 6 months.  Cold walking businesses would turn up 3 or 4 decent relationships, and then I'd go 6 months not getting past Gladys with the compression hose at the front desk.  And so on...
The key at the beginning is to stay active DOING SOMETHING everyday.  Make it measureable, even if it is currently resulting in zero gross.  Navel gazing in an effort to develop the "best social media click-through driver" isn't ever going to be as strong as talking with 10 guys who are running a plumbing supply wholesale business each day.
 
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At a kool aid meeting, I heard "networking is one letter from not working"

Better use of time is using your leverage and getting to know your clients CPAs and attorneys than meeting MLM salesmen, web site developers, landscapers, etc that you find at these meetings
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