I recently decided to start a new non-traditional networking group. The ones I been involved with in the past were very uninspired.
These old groups were your typical breakfast gatherings, where attendees exchanged business cards and small talk for no more than 45 minutes once a month. I wanted something different. I wanted to bring a few people together who fell into different age brackets and who were at different levels in their careers. My goal was to create a forum for a group of talented people to exchange ideas and empower each otherâ€™s businesses to grow.
I held my first meeting a few days ago with a group of eight people.Â The result truly exceeded my expectations as the conversation developed organically, each individual actively participated and ideas were bouncing from one end of the room to the other.Â An hour later we had a structure, a plan and a goal that will benefit all of us.
Above all we wanted to know the big â€œWhyâ€ â€“ why do we do what we do?Â This is a question posed and discussed brilliantly by Simon Sinek in the video below.
For our group, we agreed on the non-traditional method of networking and we came up with a few major points.
Here are the ground rules:
Home work assignments:
Suddenly a new way of networking was born and a new wave of ideas are about to enhance the lives of eight people on both a personal and professional level.
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Joseph West is an Associate Partner at Partners Trust. He studied interior design at UCLA and has an extensive knowledge of the Los Angeles market. You can reach him via email at Joseph.West@thepartnerstrust.com.
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