Two great days of networking! Yesterday we held an “exploratory” meeting regarding the possible launching of our second group. This was attended by 22 folks and talk about a diverse and dynamic group! A ton of great questions and ideas. I’m confident that this bunch will get off the ground but, regardless of that prediction, we will look at integrating at least some of the suggestions that were discussed into our Wednesday group. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again …. NetWorks! Boise will always continue to evolve in our quest to better address our members’ needs and provide them with the new programs, education, and tools needed in order to achieve that goal.
So, back to this potential new group. A few have already responded that they will not be able to participate. The common reasons are meeting schedule (weekly) and dues ($300 per quarter). In regard to the schedule, it has been my experience that, if you don’t meet weekly, it flat does not work. At least for what we are trying to accomplish. People always getting their weeks mixed up. Miss a meeting and you haven’t seen the other folks for a month. The emphasis on our groups is relationships and those are developed “nose to toes” and the best way to do that is weekly.
Regarding the dues, you can have a “member run” group without a CRM for about half of what our dues are. Of course, with NetWorks! Boise you have the CRM and somebody to assume all group responsibilities. Me. And like all good little capitalists, I expect to get paid for my efforts. Fact is, I probably make about $25/hour in running and maintaining these groups. I’m not getting rich by any means but I do it for the passion. At least, that’s what I tell my wife (smile). Funny thing about networking groups. I sold a sign today as a direct result of our group. I work as an independent sales contractor on a flat commission basis. I made $2,400 which is enough to cover my dues for the next two years. And this does not work? Sheeesh (smile).
At our meeting today we had 80% attendance and I have 36 leads and updates in hand. A couple of our members that were absent today still have to get me theirs so I know we will break 40. I this case, we have exceeded our goals in this category. Last week we smashed them. Life is good (smile).
Matt Lopez from DataTel Communications is one of our newer members although DataTel has been a member of the group since pretty close to Day 1. Matt gave us a two-fold presentation with the first part being about DataTel (largest in the state and one of the oldest), their client list (impressive!), and a great overview on what today’s phone systems are capable of. Things like answering your office phone from your home and even making calls from home with the caller ID showing that it came from your office? Sweet. Having somebody buzz you on the office intercom or page you and you hear it at your house? Amazing! Cordless handsets with data encryption and a 300′ range? Outstanding! Recording conversations or training, save it as a .wav file, and have it transcribed to an email? Yikes! Have a client call you on the phone and have your Outlook Contact record automatically pop up for them? I just gotta’ get me some of that! (smile).
The second half of Matt’s presentation may have been even more impressive. Matt is a man is who is obsessed with relationship building. In a good way (smile). He wanted to stress to our group how important it is to him that he be made available to assist each and every group member in any way that he can including areas that are not directly related to his business. Simply put … Matt gets “it”. He understands the building blocks that inevitably lead to fantastic success!
Enough out of me for today (smile). Thanks for visiting!