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How To Actually Generate Customers On Professional Networks: Part 1

Asked by Julbert Abraham from AGM - LinkedIn Marketing & LinkedIn Training

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If you're wondering if you can get clients from a professional network such as LinkedIn or Alignable (or any... Read Full Answer

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10 Actually Actionable Benefits Of List Building

Asked by Juan Manuel Colome from Top Response Marketing

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What is List Building all about?

List building refers to a continuous process of adding new and updated subscribers to your list.... Read Full Answer

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Celebrating Small And Locally-owned Businesses With Bill Brunelle of Independent We Stand

Asked by Alan Belniak from Alignable

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Why Are So Many Business Owners Afraid to Join a Networking Group?

By Gary Wong · Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 · Tagged in General Discussion



In my many years of business as a Chiropractor (24 years and counting), I never thought networking ever worked until I found the right solution. Over the past 10 years I have networked with over 400 business owners with over a 300 miles radius. I have learned some interesting reasons as to why business owners shy away from joining a business group.

Many of reasons are misconceptions and I have debunked many of them educating others on growing their business in a fun, easy and effortless way. I would be interested to hear your answers to these questions:

1) Have you belonged to a networking group before?

1a) If No, What is keeping you from checking one out?


If you answered Yes, answer the following questions below

2) What did you like about it?

3) What did you dislike?

4) Why did you join?

5) Are you still a member?

6) If you left what was the reason why?

After several people answer I will supply some answers that I have found to help you grow your business.


Thanks for answering.

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Andy King from Experimac of Temecula
2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Sunday, June 25, 2017

Not afraid but what is the return?? I don't mind recommending you as long as the favor is returned. I have a problem recommending businesses that I have never been to and I don't even know what you do. That would be dishonest to my customers. I will come by and visit if you ask or I could say to you come by and visit me and my business.


Denise Alexandre from Afterglow Age Management and Corrective Skincare
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Sunday, June 25, 2017

I have to agree, it seems a lot of businesses are one sided. Asking you to share their advertising, which I've done -and messaged them to do some sharing of my business with their networks. Never heard back from them


Tim St. John from AEON Internet Marketing
20 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, June 25, 2017

Good point, Andy, re: "tested yourself", referred businesses. And where some will disagree, I just don't "recommend" anyone I haven't had personal experience with, or where I have verified legitimacy, quality of products / service, etc. Our reputation as a web company is spotless, so I think recommending a business one hasn't tried personally is foolish, unless they include a disclosure, as one gentleman already stated in this thread.


Julian Aenlle from J A Systems Co.
3 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Sunday, June 25, 2017

You don't have to lie ,you can recommend saying I never used this person but he or she seems like a nice person and provide the type of service you are looking for,if asked,I wouldn't suggest or offer only if asked by the cus


Wil Vitela from Home Technology Expert
3 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, June 26, 2017

Andy commented," I don't mind recommending you as long as the favor is returned."

Anybody with this ridiculous thinking please stay from networking groups it be a waste of everyone's time.

People recommend products or services because they have had such a great experience that they are more than delighted to recommend them.

Now why would I want to recommend a friend or family member a particular product or service?

That's because I care about them and I want to steer them in the right direction. Any successful business person understands that you don't do it... (more)


Patrick Tuure from O.T. Web Designs
4 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Monday, June 26, 2017

I can agree with you on most points but Wil makes an excellent point on the Golden Rule in business. I never give a referral thinking that I'm going to get something in return. I give referrals because I know, like and trust that person to do a good job. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but I do care enough about the person to help them and their business succeed.

Ellen Shettler from Printer World International Inc
1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Thursday, July 6, 2017

I just enjoy finding out about new local businesses. A lot of the most interesting ones you never hear about, as they are smaller businesses or offices without a substantial advertising budget. When I can, I am more than happy to support our locals.

Marlene Fales from PSS Communications, Inc. VoIP Cloud/On Premise
25 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, July 1, 2017

yes I belong. Great place to build power partners. You have to develop relationships. Get to know and trust people and their businesses. Networking has had significant results for our company.

Jacque Zoccoli from Network Builders Arizona
6 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, June 30, 2017

I think many people truly miss the point. Networking groups are to build relationships and alliances, not to sell. Many people are afraid to commit to a relationship to see if alliances are worthwhile. The power of collaboration is both amazing and scary. When one is unable to understand the art/science, they are merely attending because someone told them they "should". My coaching leads them by the hand to uncover the wonder and power of becoming Word of Mouth. Thank you for the question.


Joy Montgomery from Structural Integrity
4 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, June 30, 2017

I think it's less about fear than it is about not seeing value, Gary.

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