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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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| | Re: What makes a GOOD networking organisation?
I'll say something that I KNOW will be contentious!
For me - I LOVE networking events that have a FEE involved.
I've been heavily involved with the professional development / personal development industry for the last 4 years in many capacities - as a private citizen, a hired salesperson and a businessperson in my own right. Something I have noticed is that the free events attract the SAME people over and over again ... and those same people are SO used to getting stuff for free that they don't want to pay for anything.
When there is even a small fee involved, events attract different kinds of people - people who pay for things they see value in.
For me, it's all about mindset.
I don't want to work with people who think they should get everything for free (this attitude particularly confuses me in people who consider themselves entrepreneurs! Right - so people should pay for YOUR service / product ... but you won't pay for theirs?). I want to work with people who value their time and their services and my time and my services.
In my personal experience - the higher the cost for people to be involved, the better, more long-standing contacts and clients I get out of it.
For instance - I've been involved in free events and found that while I get interest in my services, they baulk at the price, complain and disappear.
I have also been involved in a business program that cost $30,000 a year.
I have gotten at least 10 ongoing clients (without even STARTING on referrals!) - who paid back the cost of the program within six months - so the education of the program was basically free.
My ideal clients are people who are willing to pay for a premium service - which is what I offer.
I'm sure other people feel differently - but for me, this is ALL important.