Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Shopping for a Networking Group?

Network shopping?
When checking out a networking group for possible membership:
• Test the waters. Attend the first time as a guest. Groups with membership fees usually allow one or two try-out meetings.
• Closely observe meeting participants. Ask yourself these questions:
Are these the people to whom you want to sell your product or service?
How do you feel about these people representing your product or service to others?
Do these people present a professional image?
• Consider whether you want to be in a group that includes rivals in your occupation or trade.
• Don’t swear off networking if your first experience isn’t encouraging. Not all groups work for every business.