Q: How many social networking groups do you belong to? Are you a member of any Facebook or Meetup groups? Do you meet in person or only online? How often?
There’s a saying in business by Jim Rohn, “You’ve gotta circulate to percolate.”
If you want to attract more business, you need to make it a routine to get out of the office or your home and meet with people.
Social groups are a fantastic way to network with like-minded individuals, to exchange ideas, share synergies, develop personal friendships that will define you and the other parties, and increase momentum in your personal and professional development in many facets.
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin invented networking groups? At the ripe young age of 21, he created a group called Junto, in which meetings were structured around 24 questions crafted by Benjamin Franklin to facilitate conversations.
Members met regularly and came from a variety of trades, disciplines and backgrounds to discuss a wide range of personal, community, business and intellectual topics. It was an effective venue for formalizing the exchange of ideas and initiating beneficial change.
It is clear that networking groups are effective since they have grown internationally over the past 300 years. In reality, networking is embedded in our DNA. It goes back to our early huddles around the campfires where elders shared stories to educate members of their tribes. It was the place where tribal leaders could persuade, inform, and entertain (PIE) their audiences.
And it is a platform that you can use in broadcasting your brand message too!
When I was a young man, I almost always loved making connections whenever I went to a party or other social gathering. It was both terrifying and exhilarating! Once I broke through my initial shyness and self-doubt, I would find myself engaged in an energetic conversation with strangers. I began to appreciate that I had inherited my mother’s connectivity skills and was, like her, a social butterfly.
Did you know that you could add value by teaching others how to do something that you are really good at – and that they can teach you how to do something that they are really good at? This concept of skill bartering is at the core of professional services networking. Yes, we all welcome a referral from someone in our sphere of influence. But, there is so much more to gain from participating in networking groups.
I am fascinated with the myriad opportunities that exist in networking. Something that is lacking among my personal favorites, the real estate sales and startup entrepreneur communities, Thus, I decided to create it myself.
The plan for my premium tribe, the Professional Entrepreneur Network, is simple – it is centered around the dinner table where ambitious people would get to know, like, and trust one another, barter our skills, innovate new joint venture ideas, share platforms, exchange affiliate sales commissions, and become close friends with our families. This is truly an “inner circle.” I am opening PEN networking groups in the cities where I am opening real estate offices, my close knit group of real estate team leaders will host invite only dinner parties to help others from our trades get connected to other interesting high performers to:
- discover emerging trends by discussing the remote environment,
- find synergies among our businesses (such as joint ventures),
- share knowledge by having guest speakers educate us on their expertise,
- develop friendships, and
- have fun!
If you have your own business or are a professional services entrepreneur, we want to meet you.
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At The Entrefluential Life we teach aspiring entrepreneurs Christian life values, personal empowerment, and professional development skills, such as how to build “entrefluence” in your business by learning creative communication skills to AMPLIFY your message, and we help you build passive income in your business via supplemental income strategies, innovative real estate investment strategies to grow your real estate portfolio and achieve financial freedom!
Thank you for your interest. I hope to see you inside our networking groups.