Be there or be square

It’s well known that we don’t force our members to turn up to every meeting and we think we are the better for it. However, we do ask for adherence to our attendance policy which sets a minimum requirement.

It never ceases to amaze us that we sometimes get people who join and then regularly fail to turn up. What is the point? Nothing good will come of it and it will ultimately be a waste of money and what little time has been invested by that member. Everyone (well almost!) has holidays and from time to time, many business owners and executives may have to be away or at least travelling to an appointment at a time when they would normally be networking. There are all sorts of solutions to help cut down on this – keep your networking day clear regardless or find someone to attend in your place and represent your business. After all, if someone said that they might have a new client for you to meet at a certain time and place, you’d go there when asked surely? Any networking meeting could be the one when you make that vital connection or are given an introduction which leads to lucrative new business for you.

Surely all this is elementary logic? You might think so but although attendance issues only occur with a very small minority of our members, it does seem that some people simply don’t ‘get it.’  A recent visit to one of our clubs showed the extremes of both good and bad approaches to the issue. One particular individual failed to turn up having previously promised to be there without fail. Contrast that with another member who was unfortunately not well and was thereafter going to be on holiday for a fortnight. That person had arranged for other members to read out their 60 second presentation at all the meetings they would miss and also arranged cover for the administrative duties they would normally complete at the meetings. How can you fault that? Take it all seriously and the benefits will come your way for sure.

If you doubt that, we can tell you that at that meeting nobody missed the individual with the attendance problem and when it came to the end of the substitute reading out the message for the temporarily absent person, absolutely everybody present joined in with the ‘memory hook‘ statement.

Now that business owner ‘gets’ networking!