I've read numerous posts and articles that tout the benefits of joining marketing groups like BNI.
Although I'd heard many good things about these groups, I never bothered to go to one. I'm not really sure why I didn't; I guess I envisioned a bunch of people sitting around, holding hands, singing Kum-ba-yah or something (just kidding!)
Anyway, I finally attended one of these groups last week. It was called the Business Referral Network. I was REALLY surprised when I got there. Everyone was friendly AND everyone was interested in hearing about my services! I actually got two good referrals on my first visit!
Yesterday, I attended a BNI meeting, and didn't like it quite as much. Somehow I didn't "click" with that group of people. However, while I was there, I found out about another BNI group that meets in this area. So, I visited the second BNI group this morning and it was MUCH better.
The people were great, there was a broad selection of professions, and I got another referral!
I plan to join both BRN and BNI next week.
From what I've seen so far, I'd highly recommend these networking groups to anyone who wants to expand their business. The people who attend are friendly, interested in what you have to say, and VERY serious about business in general.
One other point worth mentioning is that these groups only allow one member per profession in a group. So, once you join, you'll never have to worry about competition joining the same group.
Has anyone else tried these networking groups? Did it work for you?