There are a lot of different types of Networking meetings. There are many formats. There are large groups, small groups, free groups, breakfast groups, evening “cocktail party” groups, event groups and others.
The thing that they all have in common is the vast majority of the folks who attend are doing so in order to grow their own network of prospective clients and referral sources. Everyone is there to meet others and increase the size of their community. We do this by learning about the other folks at the meeting and helping them get to know us as well.
The one exception, is the paid, industry limited groups – you know, where there is a limit of one person per industry. These groups primarily exist not to help people grow their network but to exchange leads. The following list does not necessarily apply to those groups.
The thing that I am fascinated by is the number of attendees whose behaviors are counterproductive to their own best interests.
Here is a list of 5 of them. Read the rest of this entry