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    LeelaCosgrove
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    It really depends on what you want as the outcome of your networking …

    I don’t like free networking events, because generally the people who go there are time rich and money poor. As a rule, I don’t go to any event that costs less than $50 – because frankly, if you don’t have $50 to spend on a networking event, you’re neither my client, nor a potential Host Beneficiary partner.

    If you just want to meet people who are starting out for moral support (or if people without a lot of money ARE your clients), then free events great.

    Personally, I prefer seminars and conferences to networking events.

    E.G. I went to a (paid) networking event four weeks ago and got a bunch of cards / gave out a bunch of cards and had some good conversations – but got no work out of it.

    Last weekend, I went to a $2,495 3 day seminar and not only got some AMAZING information, but have also already paid back the cost of the seminar and made a profit from the work that has come in as a result.

    The problem with networking events is that most people go to them to ‘get’ something. They go looking for clients (which is SO the wrong way to approach it). I often get the feeling when I’m at a networking event that the reason I’m there is so that people can sell to me …

    There are a few notable exceptions, I love Ludwina’s Red Tent Woman networking events in Melbourne – they are a wonderful evening where a bunch of women come together to support each other and to develop fruitful partnerships … I’ve met some great HB partners there …

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    Re: Try Networking at Face2FaceWebNetworking

    Hi There

    I actually stoped by to let you know that come 5th May, 2009 I am launching a formalised networking forum for those of you that want to regularly and actively promote your online busineses through an offline forum.

    The entire format has been designed to be interactive, relaxed fun and informative whilst giving you all plenty of scope to get your business name out there. Our very own Melissa from http://www.businessmums.com is going to be speaking which is a true honour and any of you other guys that want to catch up for a coffee, chat and a chance to meet other likeminded people in relaxed friendly atmosphere pop in.

    Melissa also mentioned Brenda Thompson over at http://www.networkingworld.com She is a really lovely lady so check in with her as well. Ludwina over at http://www.theredtentwoman.com.au is also another networking group that you might be interested in. Again, a really giving person.

    Face2Face has been set up in such a way that if you can can make it, that’s fantastic but if you can’t then we will be there again every other week on a Tuesday evening from 6.30pm. Bearing in mind that us solo business owners are extremely busy and not always able to make these events when I created this concept I took that into account. I have affectionately nicked my new biz “The Internet Marketers Meeting Place!”. Let’s face it. Us online biz owners could do with somewhere offline to keep buidling online…wouldn’t you agree. It seems to me that effective online business building has got to have an offline element. What do you all think? I’d love to hear your feedback.

    If you want to know more you are more than welcome to shoot me an email or take a look at the website. You and I are the reason I started Face2Face. Too many fly by night mastermind groups that disband quicker than they were put together and to many networking groups that are to ‘formal’ and restrictive in their requirements and no place that I know of that is focused on specifically networking online business in an offline environment on a regular basis. I tell you guys. I’m excited at the prospect of being in a positon of now being able to actively help every single one of you grow your online biz through the offline part.

    Hope this helps
    Coleen
    http://www.face2facewebnetworking.com
    http://www.qualitywritingservices.com

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    jemcru
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    Wow..I am overwhelmed to this..pls keep us posted.

    jemcru
    http://ohmi.com.au/
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    Coleen
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    Re: Where to network? –

    Gee Wiz!! Wow? Overhwelmed? Please keep you posted? Thank you! What is it you like so much about Face2Face? If want to know more ask your questions and I am will be more than happy to give you the answers. Is there any particular area of internet marketing that you feel would benefit you by coming to Face2Face? I want to build an internet networking biz that is all about connecting online biz owners togethers. Don’t know about you, but when I first started my online career it was really hard, terribly lonely and totally isolating apart from the times I was able to attend seminars and partake in courses that costs 1000’s of dollars. What do you think?

    Coleen
    http://www.face2facewebnetworking.com
    http://www.qualitywritingservices.com

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    jemcru
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    I am doing an online job, which is with connection with mobiles. Jsut want to hear from you how am I going to market my blogs..

    jemcru
    http://ohmi.com.au/

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    Coleen
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    There are a number of ways that you can market your blogs. Fistly, how many blogs do you have and what are they first. Personal blog, Corporate Blog, Authoratative Blog???? WordPress blogs are the best to use and can actually be a static website like my ghostwriting site, whereas Face2Face and my own personal blog are interactive. Then you need to decide what front end products will you have to support your back end prouducs. It’s always a good idea to have a solid article marketing plan in place but then after that it really is about laying down a plan of action for a marketing strategy that feel right for you and then just following through. There’s so many differnt avenue. Social Web 2.0, Forums, Google Adwords, Visiting other niche specif blogs related to your prouduct, advertising in Ezines or Newsletters and the list goes on. You are more than welcome to contact me privately if you want to to chat further about what you can do or to just generally brainstorm some ideas to see if they are things that you feel would be right for you in the way of a marketing plan for your online biz. I hope this helps and by all means keep asking me questions. I am more than happy to answer them for you or to point you in the right direction if I am unable to do so!!!

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    Epoch, post: 4938 wrote:
    I have been to a couple of Hive events. They are quite relaxed, casual and informative.

    I must admit I haven’t recieved a huge amount of business opportunities through these events but they are quite fun and social outings.

    I agree, the Hive is very relaxed and casual. They have had some interesting speakers, Last night I was there photographing the event and they had the founder of Flexicar which was very interesting. A few photos from the event are posted on my blog, http://www.lizzyc.com.au/blog-2/ The photos might help illustrate the atmosphere of the event.

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    The Profit Frog
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    Andrew,
    If you don’t mind networking with a room full of working women, then I very happily recommend Womens Network Australia.

    I attended one event recently, and I have to say it was one of the best networking events I have been to.

    Lynette knows her stuff and how to run a tight ship and lots of fun along the way.

    And don’t let the name put you off, it is open to men and there was a “token” male in the room last event… :-)

    There is a membership fee but I found it to be well worth it.

    Terri Mitchell
    The Profit Frog
    http://www.theprofitfrog.com

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    kathiemt
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    Agreed. I’ve been to a few of her events in Melbourne and there are always a few men at them.

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    KRW Finance
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    The Profit Frog, post: 44442 wrote:
    Andrew,
    If you don’t mind networking with a room full of working women, then I very happily recommend Womens Network Australia.

    I attended one event recently, and I have to say it was one of the best networking events I have been to.

    Lynette knows her stuff and how to run a tight ship and lots of fun along the way.

    And don’t let the name put you off, it is open to men and there was a “token” male in the room last event… :-)

    There is a membership fee but I found it to be well worth it.

    Terri Mitchell
    The Profit Frog
    http://www.theprofitfrog.com

    thank you

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    KL Books & Admin
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    JodieR, post: 3836 wrote:
    sounds interesting, I need to look further into things like this as well. Our local business network fell in a heap. But I’m also located in a smallish town which doesn’t help.

    Although just recently our local business centre (which is separate to any council groups) and is paid membership… held a speed networking night which apparently went quite well.

    Hi Jodie,

    I’m a member of a new chapter of BNI in Bendigo. You’re welcome to come along as a visitor to see what it’s all about.

    Drop me a line if you would like further details.

    Cheers

    Kim
    KL Books & Admin

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