We are a friendly, welcoming and supportive group of local professionals who MeetUp to help each other grow personally and professionally through networking. We're about LEARNING and NETWORKING, and we'd love to meet YOU!
If you're an entrepreneur, small business owner, someone between opportunities, or someone simply interested in meeting new people and building a professional network, this MeetUp group is for YOU!
FIRST: We believe in the 'Givers Gain' networking philosophy, where our members commit to first helping others in the group, before expecting anything in return.
SECOND: We follow the teachings of Napoleon Hill, especially his 'MasterMind' concept in his timeless classic book: "Think and Grow Rich."
THIRD: We believe that when YOU have the DESIRE, GOAL, and COMMITMENT to help and to succeed, by plugging into this group you will have more opportunity and success than you can imagine!
FOURTH: We LOVE MeetUp, and the concept of MeetUp: "Use the internet to get off the internet." We know that in-person, face to face interactions with people are the ONLY way to build strong professional and personal relationships. MeetUp is INCREDIBLE, in that you meet great, interesting, nice, helpful people who you would NEVER otherwise cross paths with.
We're already planning for YOUR success in 2014. We have MeetUps in multiple formats, so there is opportunity for all interests, and all schedules.
One goal of The Ann Arbor Connectors Club is for each member to set the goal of becoming a Master Networker.
Joe Girard is considered by many to be one of the greatest salesmen of all times, and is perhaps one of the original 'Master Networkers.' Joe is credited with creating the theory of 250. This says that the average person "knows" 250 people. These 250 are your 'Sphere of Influence.'
One goal towards becoming a 'Master Networker' to consciously create, develop and cultivate a network of 250 (or more) people. Harvey MacKay, another of the networking greats, boasts of a Networking Sphere of Influence of over 15,000 people! Once you have a network of 250, you establish yourself as a networking resource to those 250 people. When any of them need the services of a professional, they would think of you, since you belong to a Networking Group of professionals. Whenever one of your friends needs services provided by one of the members of The Ann Arbor Connectors Club, you can create an introduction and create a win-win-win situation.
This is a simple (not easy) concept. Referrals are given based on TRUST. Trust is earned by the development of professional relationships over TIME. This evolves from coming to MeetUps, meeting folks, engaging, meeting one-on-one, etc.
WHAT THIS NETWORKING GROUP IS NOT: This is not a place where you come to our MeetUps and expect to SELL your product, service, or business opportunity to fellow members. While other members DO need to know what you do, PLEASE approach members in the INFORMATIONAL mode, not the SELLING mode. That is the quickest way to blow a potential relationship, and is incredibly short-sighted.
We are a FUN, ENERGETIC, and WELCOMING group. We work very hard to make everyone feel welcome. We know it can be way out of your comfort zone to come to an event with a bunch of strangers. I encourage you to make our events part of your Networking routine. You will meet some GREAT professional folks, and really be glad you did!