Business Networking and Group Coaching
Every month, the person with the most tracked referrals gets a $25 gift card.
The difference is that we are focused on growing the business through developing the group members as much as giving leads within the networking group.
We want to build high-level business partners with motivated leaders in their industries, not just being in a group with anyone who pays a membership fee.
Sign a paper agreeing and committing to give at least one lead to each member in the group every month. 12 leads to each member per year on average, based on who is in the group on January 31st of each year.
To stay in the group, each member must give at least one paid lead per week to a member of the group. After three weeks in a row of no leads being given, or any rolling six-week period with three or less leads given to the group total, the current member in bad standing will be given a warning. After four weeks of no leads being given, or any rolling seven-week period with three or less leads given to the group total, the position will be opened up for others within the group to invite a new member of that profession, and the member in bad standing will be notified that their membership in the group has been terminated.
Each week there will be personal and professional goals set by each member. The first 10 minutes of the meeting will be for accountability to those goals, and to tracking how many leads, and to whom leads were given each week.
Once a member has joined, they are required to show up every week to the meetings. They are allowed to have one substitute non-member represent their business for a maximum of two times in a four weeks period. After three absences by the member in any rolling five-week period, the current member in bad standing will be given a warning. After four absences in any rolling six-week period, the position will be opened up for others within the group to invite a new member of that profession and the member in bad standing will be notified that their membership in the group has been terminated.
New prospective members must attend at least two meetings before being invited to join the group by the Chair of the Group. The Chairman or Chairwoman (referred to as the “Chair”) of the group has the sole power and final decision to offer an invitation to a new member after they have attended at least two meetings. This time period is designed to give several members of the group an opportunity to meet the prospective member and give the Chair their feedback. After two meetings attended, and having received a completed application from the prospective member, the Chair will hold a one-on-one interview to better understand the prospective member’s business and goals in joining the group, as well as call the prospective member’s references. It is up to each Chair whether to hold a vote for new members, create a membership committee within their group, or to make the decision themselves after the interview is conducted. It is highly recommended that the Chair of the group take other member’s feedback into account when making a decision on new members.
Any active member may cancel their membership at any time. If they have paid their monthly dues, they may cancel at any time throughout the month and continue to attend all the meetings for that calendar month they have paid. If they request a refund of their monthly dues, at the time receipt of said dues, they are required to cease immediately their attendance to all future group meetings.
Structure: 90 mins
10 mins – Kick-off (Review of the week’s numbers and goals)
10 mins – Book Club chapter discussion
20-40 mins 2 mins each for Business Intros of each member (Value statement, what are they looking for)
10 mins - Business Lesson taught by member or leader
20 mins – Member Challenges (What are you struggling with?)
5-10 mins - Wrap up and time to visit with each other
Kick-off – 10 mins:
Each member arrives and is given a form to fill out that asks:
How many referrals have you given this week? (2 pt. for each referral given)
Who did you give referrals to this week?
How many referrals have you received this week?
Who did you receive referrals from this week?
Who in the group did you meet with one-on-one with this week? (1 pt. for each meeting)
What guests did you bring this week? (1 pt. for each guest)
Members pair off and review each other’s goals from the previous week as well as the next week’s goals.
Book Club Chapter Review – 10 mins:
The Chair of the group will pick a book on business/personal development, communication, leadership/management and lead a discussion about the topics presented in the chapter assigned for that week. This is meant to be a mini business book club where members discuss how the lessons learned can improve their business, as well as developing the members into better business leaders.
Business Intros – 20-40 mins:
This is when each member and guest has 1-2 minutes each to tell the group about their business and what kind of referrals they are looking for. This time should be used to help members develop their “Value Statement” to be used with anyone outside of the group as well.
Business Lesson – 10 mins:
This section is led by a different member of the group each week. The presenter can share in-depth knowledge of their choosing about their business, industry, or another topic that is related to business and professional development. This time will help members develop presentation skills.
Challenges – 20 mins:
This section is a time for members to ask for help with immediate issues they are having in their own business. Topics may involve management, hiring, firing, training, marketing, and other topics specific to their business. Each week a different member has ten minutes to explain their specific challenge, and another ten minutes for members to offer help through asking the member with the challenge questions in the hope to help the member self-realize their answer.
Less than national Networking groups
Referral-based networking group for small-businesses