Occasionally I eat breakfast at the Nashville City Club, where I’m a member for networking and convenience purposes. Their facility is in downtown Nashville where I do a lot of my work, so it’s a nice place to start the day with a pot of coffee and an omelet.
This morning was slow and I shared the dining room with only one other pair of businessmen. While I typed away on my laptop (I come alone to work while I eat) I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation between these two gentlemen. Man #1 runs a major business networking group in Nashville. It’s invitation-only and the point is to help each other network for business worth $100,000 or more per contract. It’s serious business.
Man #2 was learning about the benefits of joining the networking organization, which is private and costs WAY more than Managing Ourselves to join.
As I overheard them talking, Man #1 was recounting how the organization helps train members for business development networking skills. In other words, how to “work a room,” shake hands correctly, meet new people, etc. He rattled off a series of tips and I smiled because every single one of them is a skill we teach at Managing Ourselves during our workshop segments.
Here’s an organization dedicated to $100,000+ networking teaching it’s seasoned members the same skills we’re teaching teens at Managing Ourselves. How about a 30+ year jump start on the competition? Sounds good to me!!