McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce http://mchenrychamber.com buiness networking groups in mchenry illinois Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:14:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Planning Before an Event Essential to Successful Networking http://mchenrychamber.com/planning-before-an-event-essential-to-successful-networking/ Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:44:36 +0000 http://mchenrychamber.com/?p=1703 Time is precious for us all.
That is why you must plan ahead of each event whom or what type of business you wish to meet. Usually that is a prospective client or a business that shares your market without competing with you. Example Real Estate Broker/Mortgage co./Home Inspector. These are most commonly called power partners.
Plan networking as part of your advertising budget. Consider it your most cost effective advertising tool . Expect a rate of return from your investment of money and time. If an event is complimentary such as a mixer. Put a dollar figure on your time. You are taking time away from other activities including business. Change your mindset from just attending an event to expecting a rate of return either through a potential new client or a referral partner or power partner.
• Plan to Track networking events. Most chambers have websites. Find the events that will draw power partners and clients or are being produced by organizations you wish to meet. Example our upcoming Century 21 Real Estate Mixer. Should have every mortgage company and home inspector in the area.
Be disciplined about networking. Each function you attend you should plan to meet 6-8 new people.
Plan to have a WING person.  Two or more of you attend a function, working for each other. Doubling your efforts. You split at the door following a disciplined plan to meet new people, sit with new people. You may not be able to work with a person you have just met but just maybe your WING person can and you have the priviledge of facilitating the introduction. If you are part of a referral group, get these people working for you at mixers and luncheons. Find a WING person to attend events with you or train your referral group members to act as WING people for each other. Better yet be a WING person yourself. Look for a volunteer as an example of WING person.
Plan to bring business cards. Your best marketing tool. Make yours stand out.

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Networking Doesn’t Work! http://mchenrychamber.com/i-hate-networking/ Sat, 07 Nov 2015 00:46:36 +0000 http://mchenrychamber.com/?p=1701 Most people who say Networking Doesn’t Work are attending events either with the wrong purpose or simply attend a few events and then give up.  Unfortunately in both cases the business they are supporting suffers.   Why doesn’t networking, a tried and true marketing tool, not work for some, but is beneficial for many others?   It’s pretty simple; true networkers know how to plan before an event, pilot the event and and pursue after the event.  I call these my three p’s of networking.  Today I will discuss how to plan to work an activity before you even enter the door.  In following weeks, I will discuss the piloting at the event and the pursuit after it is over.   First the plan.
First: Plan ahead of each event whom or what type of business you wish to meet.  Usually that is a prospective client or a business that shares your market without competing with you.  Example of the last is a Real Estate Broker/Mortgage co./Home Inspector.  These are most commonly called power partners and can be great referral sources. In some cases meeting theses folks is more helpful than potential clients.
Second: Plan networking as part of your advertising budget. Consider it your most cost effective advertising tool. Expect a rate of return from your investment of money and time.  If an event is complimentary such as a mixer.  Put a dollar figure on your time.  You are taking time away from other activities including business.  Change your mindset from just attending an event to expecting a rate of return either through a potential new client or a referral partner or power partner.
Third: Plan to Track networking events.Most chambers have websites.  Find the events that will draw power partners and clients or are being produced by organizations you wish to meet.  Could be those hosted by a large employer not usually at networking events or a potential power partner.
Fourth: Plan to meet 4-6 new businesses or share something new about your organization with those you know.   This will keep you top of mind for those you already know and create a discipline forcing you from your comfort zone to meet new business owners.
Fifth: Plan to have a WING person.  Two or more of you attend a function, working for each other. Doubling your efforts.  You split at the door following a disciplined plan to meet new people. You may not be able to work with a person you have just met but just maybe your WING person can and you have the priviledge of facilitating the introduction.   If you are part of a referral group, make certain these folks are working for you as WING people. Sixth: Sit with those you do not know. This is obvious, but how often is it done?
Seventh: Plan to bring business cards.  Your best marketing tool.  Make yours stand out.

Plan your networking ahead of events and your business will grow!

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Networking’s Not for the Timid http://mchenrychamber.com/networkings-not-for-the-timid/ Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:30:08 +0000 http://mchenrychamber.com/?p=1613 Networking is not for the Timid!  Networking takes effort.  Networking pushes those of us naturally shy out of our comfort zones.  Networking also takes time.  Networking takes education, but those who become skilled and knowledgeable about networking find the rewards are great.

Often forgotten is what networking is, where it is accomplished, how it is to be done and what it does for the individual networker.

What is networking?  Easily defined, networking is the linking of individuals with others.

Where is networking likely to take place?  Networking can be accomplished through an association, church, neighborhood group, club or chamber of commerce.  The place is not important, facilitating the interaction between attending people is what is essential to proper networking.

How is networking likely to be accomplished?  Individuals and businesses find networking is best done through  structured events that force people out of their comfort zones.  Whether at a social function or a chamber people tend to stay with those they know, hesitating to meet others.  Groups should always  e on the alert for activities such as progressive dinners that facilitate even the shyest individual’s ability to meet others.

What does networking do for the individual?  Networking has far reaching consequences.  First of all, networking helps an individual reach out to those not familiar with a person’s cause or business, thus increasing exposure, familiarity and possible sales.  Secondly, networking helps to develop personal growth.  How else can one develop poise, ease of conversation and release from hindering shyness than through meeting and talking with others.  Thirdly, networking create new relationships.  Best friends are created, new business associations are initiated, power partners are developed and a new world opens to the individual committed to networking.

It takes time and effort but for those of us who force ourselves out of our comfort zones and strive to become better networkers, we gain leads and referrals as well as better communication skills.

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Join the McHenry Area Chamber http://mchenrychamber.com/join-the-mchenry-area-chamber/ Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:53:18 +0000 http://primewebstudios.net/?p=1 Starting a new business, wishing to improve an existing organization, or perhaps desiring to get involved in the community? Consider becoming a member of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. Complete a Membership Application Form or e-mail us at info@mchenrychamber.com and see for yourself how We Help Business Grow!

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