On July 23, 2014, Wednesday, I attended the Meetup group for Central Valley Female Business Entrepreneurs. Sarah Williams invited me yesterday to come to the group. I’m glad that she invited me. Then today, when I saw her at the meeting she said, “Did you know where I found you?” I said, “No, but where did you find me?” She answered, “I found you at the Connecting the Dots Networking Group.”
Like I said to you in my last post, How to Get Clients, I tell you this Offline Networking we called the Meetup have been phenomenal and very positive for me. I love meeting new people. I love making new friends. I love connecting to like-minded professionals like me.
Guess it’s been awhile since I went out and attended Meetup groups. I am just so thrilled that my husband finally bought me my very own car. Yeah, we had just one car for all our family. My husband had to bring my daughter to school and then pick her up afterwards. She goes to school five times a week. And on top of hubby’s full time job, he has to do all this. Now, that we have three cars, one for each of our family, I can actually take Rachel to school and pick her up at the same time. So far, Rachel doesn’t have a driver’s license yet and so until she gets that, hubby and I are still the taxi drivers. LOL
Like I said, “Nothing beats face-to-face!”
If you are just starting your business and you want to make a dent in this world, I believe it’s very hard to make it in 2014 nowadays. With 450 million bloggers online, the online world is saturated.
Even your grandmother has a blog nowadays. You don’t believe me? Go to WordPress.com and see how easy it is to create a blog. Or go to a Blogger.com. There are so many platform out there that is free and you can make one in less than 5 minutes!
Back in 2010 there were 80 million people in Linkedin. I’m pretty sure that it’s been proliferated in 2014. The Online World is pretty good but the Meetup Group can give your business a boost.
“You are far more likely to win over a customer with a firm handshake, confident smile and well-rehearsed pitch than page upon page of industry data supporting your product.” -Brian Anthony Hernandez, BusinessNewsDaily Staff Writer
So far during the meeting, after we introduce each other and got to mingle a little, a couple of people want to see me and want to know what I have to offer in their business. I’m sure I want to know what they have to offer in my business as well. This is the beauty of networking.
People meet in person. Perhaps meet up for breakfast or lunch on a one-to-one basis. There is nothing better than getting to know your potential client meeting them face-to-face!
This is where the real action takes place! In the offline world.
How Do You Benefit from the Meetup Groups
When you go to a Meetup group, do not sit with your friends. Sit with someone you do not know. Get to know them. Ask them questions like:
- What type of business are you in?
- How can I help you in your business?
- What do you need in the next 30-days?
- Meet then on a one-to-one basis and network with each of them.
Just enjoy yourself. There is no pressure in Meetup groups.
You can meet as much people. Make friend with others. You know in reality, I am a very shy person. In analogy, my husband is just the opposite.
If I go to a party and I don’t know the people in there, I’m more of the type of person who would sit in the corner and wait for someone to talk to me.
But the Meetup group can help you bring your shyness because all of you are there for the right reasons, right? Not only this can boost your business but also it can bring you out of your shell.
You can take turn on talking, like you are exchanging information with one another. Listen more to what others are telling you about their business because if you know their business needs, you can help them and network with them with what they need.
Be consistent in going to Meetup groups.
Like blogging, in order to bring up traffic in your blog, you have to visit 5-blogs a day at least and be consistent on leaving valuable comments to others. In blogging, you have to be consistent.
They have to see you more. Seeing your presence online more often creates trust and repertoire amoung business owners. Same thing in an offline Meetup groups. The more they see you, the more you create trust in your community. They can see that you’re active and can be reliable.
Photos from the Meetup
Just me on my way to the Meetup group Wednesday morning.
Here is Sarah Williams making announcement to the group.
…and of course this is my view of the group from where I was at.
[ Transcript ]
Hello everyone this is Angela from angelamccall.com. Today I’d like to continue to talk about the Meetup groups. Things I’ve telling you in my blog post. I recently just went to the new one today which is called Central Valley Female Business Entreprenuers.
Today was my first day. And so far so good. I’ve met about a dozen brand new women today. And we’ve exchanged business cards. I’ve collected about almost a dozen of them.
And the…it’s such a great feeling that I’ve given all my business cards today and this is the first time I said, “I’m sorry I ran out of business cards…can I have your business card” instead.
There’s like about 3 or 4 people wanted to get to meet with me on a one-to-one basis. And ah…just introduce each other’s business. A couple of people wants to see if they want me to do their websites. And so I’m going to follow up that one. And so I just want to tell you guys just a little bit about this that…
…the online world is pretty nice BUT also you know, you have to think that there’s 400 million brand new bloggers and how you’re going to stand out in this saturated market?
Even your grandmother have a blog nowadays.
You know just go to WordPress.com and create a free WordPress and also there is Blogger.com and all kinds of platform that’s available to everyone for free. And you can create one in five minutes!
And the…you don’t have to be in Business Marketing, but you can blog anything you know. So how are you going to stand out in this saturated market? So the best thing to do when you’re trying to build your business online is to go to Meetup groups. I mean…Like I said many, many times…
Face-to-face. Nothing beats face-to-face!
Nothing beats the hand shake in person! where you have to deal with someone in business. So that’s just what I have to say today.
You could see I’m holding these business cards. These are the ones I just collected today. And tomorrow I’m meeting a couple of people for prospect clients and you can see my cat in back…
…say to everybody hello…hello…this is my mischievous little cat name Bojangles. And okay that’s all what I wanted to say today and…
Say hello…hello…bye…*kiss* Ba-bye!
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