Become a Top Wedding Planner – 5 Signs It May Be Time To Leave Your Networking Group

 

When I was a new wedding planner, I spent time visiting and joining every business networking group anyone ever mentioned to me. I thought the more I was out at these events, the more business I would get. I wish this had been true, but it wasn’t.

Here are 5 signs that your networking group isn’t working for you:

1) You have a difficult time following the rules of the organization

There are some networking groups that demand you bring in a minimum number of leads, that you attend every meeting or find substitutes to take your place or that you buy expensive meals each time you attend. It you have a difficult time meeting the organization’s rule, the group may not be for you.

2) You constantly find other members pitching their products or business opportunities to you

Networking groups should be full of professionals who want to help each other grow their businesses, not places for people to make hard-sell pitches. Find a group that supports true networking.

3) You are planning all of the group’s events for free to prove how good you are

There is nothing wrong with occasionally volunteering to plan an event but beware if you get frequently get asked because you are a wedding and event planner. Don’t let them take unfair advantage of your skills.

4) You’re in a leadership position and you feel you have a second business

A leadership role should help you get more exposure for your business and help you develop your leadership skills. It shouldn’t take so much time that it keeps you away from your clients. It may be time to rethink your role.

5) You see the same people everywhere you go

If you attend different groups but find that you see the same people at every event, it’s time to find other places to network. You want to get the word out about your wedding planning business to as many people as possible.

There are good business networking groups and you should definitely do some research and find them. But remember that networking doesn’t just take place in formal business networking groups, you can also get referrals and find clients attending social events with people in your niche.



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One Response to “Become a Top Wedding Planner – 5 Signs It May Be Time To Leave Your Networking Group”

  1.  

    I completely agree with #3 &4…I have made a rule, that any organization I join, I do not lead the events team. Sound counter productive, but the whole point of joining networking groups, like you elude to, is to gain experience and knowledge in other aspects of the area. If you end up doing exactly what you are doing as a profession, it doesn’t help you grow as an expert or expand your knowledge.

    Thank you for the tips! Just started Wedding Management about a year ago, and looking forward to a prosperous career in it!

    Shannon Marie Lach
    Wedding & Social Event Design Director
    Shannon@theeventscompany.com
    http://www.marrymeny.com
    http://www.theeventscompany.com

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