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What makes a great networking group?

Five years ago, networking was an uneasy thing most business people didn’t bother going to. It was almost like going to a business card speed dating game, where many felt strangely empty and completely inadequate by the end of the night.

BNI was probably the most well-known group around, but their membership fees and structure didn’t fit everyone’s pocket and or style.

These days there are plenty of networking groups to choose from, and there seems to be a new one popping up every week. What has changed?

Public policy has changed favourably towards entrepreneurs, sparking the younger generations to take the plunge and start their own businesses. Although technology continuous to be an important part of steering business, there has been an increasing recognition of peer relationships as a major driver behind business growth.

New trends in referral marketing has taken advantage of the human need for community. Companies like Asentiv have shown the benefits of not selling, but referring other businesses because of a real knowledge of strength and relationship building.

This and the #NoFilterNeeded or authenticity movement world-wide is an indication of the continuous demand for businesses to operate in a different way. It is urging us to help each other create the best businesses we can, generating money and opportunities within our business and community to help create a better society. This is only possible if we really show up.

What does it mean to show up?

People like us really show up for each other, meaning we don’t just pretend to be there and support our members, but we care. You not only care, but encourage each other to go the extra mile to take your business to the next level, and you connect them with those who can help get them to where they want to be. At Catch-Ups we create authentic business connections, really showing up to help create real business opportunity within an authentic community.

People like us show up.

If you’d like to get a taste of the Catch-Ups movement, get your first-timer free ticket:
Applecross (Every first and third Friday from 5pm-7pm) click here
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A quick ‘no’ is better than a slow ‘yes’

By Erika von Kaschke

“A quick no is better than a slow yes” was the advice a good friend recently gave me after I felt a bit unclear about which path I should take in business.

Once these words sink in one realises that this measure of a “quick no” dramatically reduces the amount of head space one gives to a decision, giving you more energy to focus on the definite ‘yes’ roads you want to take.

The other advantage of this method is that it removes the hard task of extracting yourself from a decision that clearly was not in your best interest, because let’s face it, if you have to take the time to mull over a yes you did not really want to commit to that path.

In the past I have found that I would often go for a ‘slow yes’ when it came to friends or long-term business colleagues. Many people have lost good friends because of the inability to say a quick ‘no’.