Business Networking is a really valuable way to expand your knowledge, learn from the success of others, attain new clients and tell others about your business.
But … networking events can be daunting especially if you are attending for the first time. Everyone has the fear of meeting new people and not knowing what to expect.
At Fife Networking, we understand how you feel so why not read this blog to find out our experience?
Since we joined Fife Networking, this has had a huge impact on our business in terms of the value we have received from the members and most of all friendships.
This blog post will outline the following:
- Reasons why we joined the group
- What we have gained since joining the group
- Top referral we have received
- Knowledge gained from the group
- Enjoy most about the meetings
So Why Did We Join Fife Networking?
LC Joinery Roofing and Building Work have been part of the Fife Networking group since March 2017 and since then we have received an exceptional amount of business from the members.
LC Joinery joined the group when I was part of the group via Influx Recruitment and expressed to Lee that they were needing trades and he would benefit from this. Now he knows I’m right all the time.
Getting together with a group of like minded people on a Thursday morning from 7.30-9am might seem a long time but I seriously look forward to a Thursday morning every week now.
I am part of the ‘Top Table’ who looks after all the finances and I thoroughly enjoy this role.
What Has LC Joinery Roofing and Building Work Gained From The Group?
This is a tough question to be honest.
We have gained a generation of referrals which has led to increased business – This is probably the most obvious benefit and the reason most business owners decide to participate in networking activities and join networking groups.
It is all great receiving leads but the most important thing about the group is the follow up and how you deal with the referrals.
Secondly, connections has increased and the saying ‘its not what you know, its who you know’ is in fact true. If you are looking to run a successful business then you need a great source of connections you can call on when you need them and the team at Fife Networking are really the ones you should be looking to speak to.
There a multiple businesses involved in the group – check them out on our website.
What Is The Best Referral We Have Received?
This is honestly too hard to answer as we have received great referrals however one that should hopefully pull off is from Alistair Booth (that is all you are getting to know).
The Knowledge & Advice From Fife Networking
I was certainly not confident when I started networking, in fact it completely petrified me! But as I do it more, the more confident I get and the easier it becomes, and the more benefit I get from it.
I love helping others and getting to know their business in more depth really helps me generate more referrals.
Having 1-1s with the members gives you the opportunity to get advice from them on all sorts of things related to your business or even your personal life and obtaining that important work-life balance.
Networking is a great way to tap into advice and expertise that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get hold of. Just make sure you are getting solid advice from the right person – someone that actually knows about what you need to know and is not just giving you their opinion on something that they have no or very little experience in.
What Do We Enjoy Most About Meetings
Getting up on a Thursday morning is so much easier knowing you are going to a meeting with friends and getting your bacon roll and cuppa. Delightful.
I love how the meetings are so relaxed and informal. Other networking groups can be so formal there is no ‘banter’ and that is one of the things you need in business from time to time.
You may be wondering what goes on at the meetings …
Well each week there is a 10 minute presenter who has the chance to showcase their business and everyone else has 60 seconds (although this is usually longer) and a 3 minute talk. From time to time we will have educational slots which can include topics on Cyber Security, Tax or any hot topic at that time.
Our Testimonial To Fife Networking
Fife Networking has become a huge sales network for us and the referrals we receive from the group are fantastic. The relationships within the group are excellent and I would highly recommend the Fife Networking group to any business looking to grow.
Get yourself along to the meeting to see if its for you and you will be greeted by such lovely faces 🙂
I hope you have enjoyed reading this and one more thing to say … Some of my strongest friendships have been started from networking.