I have been part of an organized networking group/team for close to five years now.
The name of it…
Alliance for Business Growth.
Part of BNI… Business Networking International.
BNI is the world’s largest networking organization.
Over the years I have taken on a few roles that help the group function as a business…
Visitor Host… to help potential members discover the group.
Time Keeper… to make sure meetings stay organized and on time.
President… running meetings and leading.
And… this year… Vice President.
As part of that role, I am involved with interviewing and screening applicants who want to be part of the group.
It’s not for everyone so there’s a process.
There’s payment involved.
It’s that management concept of…
Sure… the bus is moving in the right direction… BUT…
Are the right people on the bus?
Are the right people in the right seats?
The bus of this group is important.
Your bus… my bus… our busses are special.
Recently, while interviewing a potential new member…
She had a few questions.
One of them was a little more abstract.
The answer to this question is relative to the person answering it.
“Do people get too busy and then decide to resign from the group? Like, they got more business than they can handle and needed to stop networking for new opportunities?”
She clarified a little too… by saying something like… “BTW, I think that’s lame!”
I did attempt to answer.
I said something like…
Well… yea. I have defiantly witnessed some people in the past five years claim to be “too busy” with all the business coming in as a result of their efforts that they needed to stop.
I am a no judgement kinda guy.
You do whatever works for you.
And if my opinion can be given on this topic without judgement…
I agree with the new applicant.
I think it is lame to cut off sources of new business.
Years ago… one of my favorite business authors said it best…
“The purpose of a business is to create and keep a customer.”
That was Brian Tracy.
It will never be exactly even.
But… the idea is to break down time, efforts, budgets into both.
That’s all. Keep both going. No excuses.