Press Release October 4th 2017
Last Edited Date: 10.10.2017 - 10:56
Del Weston our marketing professional facilitated a networking exercise using a loosely structed question and answer directly focusing on best practices of networking in a variety of setting from a large group setting to one on one situations.
Sedona Professionals explored why do we exist? Meaning what is the purpose or reason we meet weekly. Our mission statement states “Sedona Professionals is a Sedona based referral group that focuses on networking and referral opportunities through proven contacts”. Our members represent a wide variety of professionals.
First Del asked the group to share their understanding or definitions of “networking”. Then provided a textbook definition; “A supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest”. Moving thru the individuals understanding and definitions of what networking means to each member.
Del then proceeded to focus the group on the understanding our networks and what we think our networks groups are and the reality of what they are, our perceptions are generally not as accurate as actual size. Numbers of people in our networks are not as they seem. This means we think our network group is larger than what studies show is possible to manage. Understanding the actual size requires us to rethink how we interact with the workable network group. The magic number is 150 individuals, if the number grows beyond this number the connections begins to break down. Mapping your connection was the next step in the process. The connections need to define to better utilized the relationships creating improved impact of the relationships.
This exercise was very helpful to the groups reviewing some habits we did naturally and clarifying many habits that needed to be dusted off and reintegrated. Overall this meeting was very beneficial allowing the group to work on networking as well as the interaction of the discussion was truly enjoyable.