Yes, I'm writing another post about networking. Why? Because for many of us the next step that we must take but we're refusing to do so is to get out and network. 95% of marketers say that face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term business relationships.-greatbusinessschools.org. which means networking is essential to growing your business.
Trust me, I know how hard it is to put yourself out there. I'm not the type of person that is comfortable with walking up to people and sparking up a conversation. I'm just not that bold, which is probably why I suck as a "Salesman"-woman however a couple of months ago I decided to step out of my comfort zone and start attending at least one networking event per month. I must say that the more you attend, the easier it gets. Try attending or joining a "Meetup Group" .
One way to strategically form relationships and build your business is with Meetup Groups. Meetup groups allows you to connect with people through social movements, or common interests such as sports, fitness, photography, family activities and more!. Meetup Groups has an estimated 30.30 million members, 272,203 Meetup Groups in 182 countries. -Meetup Groups.com. There's a monthly fee associated with creating your own group which is $10.00 a month. Meetup Groups is the perfect opportunity to connect and build relationships with your ideal customer.
It's easier to connect with someone when you have something in common. You won't feel the "pressure" of having to network, which means it will be a breeze to start a conversation. You can ease into what you do for a living as time goes on. The Meetup Group is designed to help you get out of your comfort zone. Find a Meetup Group in a city near you! Have fun and connect with like-minded individuals! Are you a member of a Meetup Group? If so, drop the name and location below. Are you thinking of joining a Meetup Group? Comment below we'd love to hear your thoughts!