Years ago, I joined a Facebook Group called, “Houston Entrepreneurs-Coffee and Collaboration®”, yet never went to the any of the meetings. When I FINALLY went, I met the most incredible entrepreneurs I have ever met. Now I go EVERY week, unless a client meeting or family issue arises. The leader is the most open and welcoming group founder you will ever find. You not only build “business connections”, you build RELATIONSHIPS. I have been to BNI and other groups where you join and you are the ONLY one in that niche there. I get that the purpose, it is to make sure that you are the only one who gets the leads or prospects for your industry.
Here are some issues that I have with those groups
You can’t talk shop with them
Most of them don’t know what you do. You can give them tips you give but industry news can be lost.
You don’t know their customer service
If you have a lead that fits for someone in that group, you HAVE to give it to them. What if you don’t know much about them and how they are in business. Yes I know, you can get to know them. They want you to meet outside of the meetings. But do you want to be forced to meet with people weekly outside of a group you are forced to bring leads to? What if one of your closest friends is not a member of the group and you KNOW how they are with customers? Do you not give the lead(s) to your friend because of the rules of the group? This can create a conflict.
What if you belong to many of those types of groups
How do you decide which meeting to take the prospect to? Do you play “eenie, meenie”? Do you give leads to the group members who give you the most leads? So stressful!
Ok, so let’s look at number 2
Recently a family member needed a reliable referral for a realtor. Would you trust them with someone you don’t know well or how they are with their customers? Nope, not me! I would ONLY trust them in the hands the BEST that I know! That best happens to be my best friend.
That realtor and I met at the Coffee and Collaboration® group I go to. We met and became fast “business connections.” Over time through meetings and texts and messages and lunches that connection grew into a true friendship! Things I love about the C&C group is that it is free and open to anyone who wants to be there with a “givers heart” and coffee (or whatever) in hand! The relationships are not forced, they just flow. So, as I did with my family, if you need a realtor in the Houston area….his “business card” is in the image below. This is the work of building relationships that you can trust and know you will be friends for a long time!
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