Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
Apparently with no skin in the game, ie: no paid membership fee and no paid executive, the Calgary Entrepreneur Meetup is doomed to fail. Free membership in a Calgary networking group is a route to disaster.
Does voluntary leadership really mean that there is no skin in the game.
Take a closer look at why we do it.
Why do business owners network? Why do they volunteer to co-ordinate and host networking opportunities. Why do legitimate business owners volunteer to be Presidents, VP’s and Treasurers for their weekly referral networking clubs? Quite simply, we volunteer because it helps our business. It is a way to give back to the community while expanding our social networks beyond the world of “not so personal” Tweets and “Friend lists” in our virtual worlds.
The choices and decisions made around when and where a business networks is totally open to a huge number of factors. If you are a new business owner looking for leads, then you join a networking referral club. If you are a more established business looking to build relationships, then a larger monthly forum may be a better match. It may be a matter of time, or no time. Perhaps you are available at lunch time, or only in the evening. In anycase, relationships are built (and in some cases un-built). Who and where you choose to dine, or network with, is not a slight against the other opportunies to network in Calgary – it really is just a personal choice. At the end of the day though, no matter how you shake it up – meeting good people is good for business.
Back to the question that started this little article… do volunteer run networking groups fail to deliver?
NO. In fact, participating in the Calgary Entrepreneur Meetup (established in Nov. 2002) is very rewarding. Just over 6 years of open networking as a volunteer run club – I’d say there is no pending disaster. Just good old fashioned hand shaking.
Where do you network for your business? Visit the Calgary Entrepreneur site today.
Tell me your thoughts on this… I would love to see your (your constructive) comment added below.
David A. West