ugg alloway slippers Networking for a winning edge
BUSINESS is all about relationships.
And the best relationships do not form by accident. They often begin at one of the many networking dinners, meetings, breakfasts and special events held on the Sunshine Coast every month.
No matter how large a region or city gets, word of mouth recommendations and a trusted acquaintance telling you, know someone who could help you with that will win out over random searches online or a vague flick through the Yellow Pages every time.
Prime Radio client manager Sally Waghorn started a networking club with a difference, aimed directly at young businesswomen, about four months ago.
The emphasis at Le Club De Femmes is on fun and creating an inspiring support network, rather than swapping business cards or hard and fast referrals.
had been to a number of chamber events and business referrals clubs and I wanted to develop something that was a bit more personal, she said.
order to refer somebody business, you need to get to know their business as well as get to know the business owner.
have replaced an obligation to refer with creating new and inspiring connections.
might not use each other business directly, but that okay. If we get to know each other business that may happen down the track.
Ms Waghorn said the first meeting started with 14 attendees, then grew to 24 and 36. Up to 40 people are expected at the next event at Sunshine Coast Honda on July 22.
There are no membership fees, no meeting fees and no strict criteria for entry you can arrive late and Ms Waghorn said she would even consider including men eventually.
Each meeting carries a theme, with the June event an Ugg boot garden party at sponsor business Urban Ponds in Mooloolaba and the next event and wheels
want it to be fun, she said. been to a lot of meetings that can get a bit boring, so we try and liven it up a bit.
time we meet, we go around and everybody introduces themselves.
is laidback and very casual and it gives people a voice who might feel a bit out of place at a big networking group.
want to create a support network to connect young business women, whether that young in business or young at heart. There is no age limit and we not stuck on only having one person from each industry.
is a really good energy about the group, and after every meeting my inbox is flooded with emails saying how great it was and what a breath of fresh air it was.
At the other end of the spectrum is global networking powerhouse organisation BNI (Business Network International).
Southern Cross Design Drafting director Ted Larson was a founding member of the Team Winning Edge chapter when it began in 2008.
The club, which has 50 members, was inducted into the hall of fame at the world BNI conference in Kuala Lumpur a week ago.
won the award for being Australia largest and most successful club, Mr Larson said.
was a great honour to accept the award on behalf of our local BNI director Rob Warburton.
were 506 delegates from 41 countries and a range of seminars and master classes.
Mr Larson also took the opportunity to arrange a one on one meeting with world BNI CEO Norm Dominguez while in Malaysia.
were asking me why I was going to the world conference and I told them I was going to sit down and meet the boss, he said.
became a goal of mine. And I used the network to make it happen. So we ended up having a couple of beers for a few hours in the Mandarin Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental hotel.
talked about BNI and how critical networking has become in today business world. It really is the new way of doing business. The two core values of BNI are Gain and the way the world does business
Malaysia is such a good entry point into Asia. There may be 17 recognised languages there but English is the common business language so it a great place to start doing business in that part of the world.
Mr Larson said he picked up good business leads from Singapore, Malaysia and India as a result of the conference. He is also likely to visit co national director of BNI India, Niiraj Shah, next year for his 40th birthday and that country national conference in February.