More Than Networking
What most people in traditional networking call referrals are really nothing more than leads. The secret to our success with PRO Richmond is our focus on helping our members to develop personal brands and to identify and receive introductions to strategic partners. From strategic partners you can receive many more as well better qualified referrals.
Why limit the growth of your network to those only in specific industries or that have the right resume. Everyone has a network and from their network we may find your, or your fellow member’s next client. With PRO Richmond you can extend the growth of your network and give back to the community at the same time by inviting local non-profits and charities, those in job transition and full time college students to join us without paying any annual membership dues.
Maybe what you need the most is someone to help you at your office, in your home or in your business. Building a broader, more relationship based network will aid you in finding that help when you are in need. PRO Richmond’s format of twice per month meetings, encouraged visiting of other teams, monthly socials and other events will give you this opportunity.
I am accountable for Business Development in Central Virginia for a business education company. We teach ambitious professionals a unique education specializing in transactional competence. In addition, I lead free workshops in Richmond about our education. The next workshop in Richmond will be Monday September 18th, 6:00 to 8:30pm at Stratford University in Short Pump. Here is the link to register https://www.influenceecology.com/workshop-richmond/
Our programs are for ambitions professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs or mid-level managers. I would like to meet people who are accountable for a sales staff (e.g. Real Estate Brokers, Insurance Brokers, etc.), or work with entrepreneurs/small business owners (e.g. Bankers, CPA’s, etc.).
I find Pro to be a wonderful venue to practice, learn and connect. Practice articulating my offer in the marketplace, learn about the art of networking, and connect with other professionals committed to expanding their businesses and resources.
I have found PRO to be an integral part of my networking circle. Not only have I received excellent and profitable referrals from PRO, I have made great friends. My best referral was an introduction to a like minded businessowner who has helped me grow my business in a new direction.
PRO has helped me learn HOW to network and how to focus on strategic partners and developing those partnerships, rather than just asking for a referral and hoping someone follows through.