Our mission is to make networking among professionals fun and socially fulfilling. No more going to the Marriott to an event to end up listening to that lady trying to sell you the revolutionizing skin cream! No more wasting your time talking to the guy who has 50 business cards in his hands. We will change the way you view networking. South Florida Professionals Meetup Group will maintain membership of the most active 150 networking professionals in South Florida. We will provide socially fulfilling networking events for professionals from every industry around Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. South Florida Professionals Meetup Group will have something for you, whether you network to have a great time socially, expand your network, grow your business or recruit talent. We have high expectations of our members, and only encourage professionals who are serious about networking to join.
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- Members must be 21 years or older
- Members must live in South Florida or visit the area often enough to effectively participate in face to face networking
- Members must be an employed/self-employed professional, or a professional seeking employment
- Members are required to complete a professional profile. (Your profile allows other members to know who you are and what you do)
Expectations of members:
- Membership is 100% free!
- Members are expected to “network” with each other and at no time attempt to promote/sell products or services to other members at events. (This is not a marketing group and promoting products/services at events are outright frowned upon. Networking is about promoting you, therefore, build a relationship).
Attendance is 100% voluntary: members attend events according to their schedules.
Members are expected to attend a minimum of one event each month.
Active members spend a minimum of 5 minutes, three times per week, on your group's meetup page checking the message board & new meetups posted, etc. How often do you check your email?
Here is a list of reasons it makes sense to check-in with the group 3 times per week:
- The organizers from time to time may send emails requesting your feedback
- A member may post questions/comments directed towards you
- New polls or ideas may have been added
- New photos of you may have been added to the album
- New events may have been posted or a member of interest may have just joined the group
Members are expected to actively take part in the group itself: write reviews after events, like or unlike ideas, vote in the polls and participate in the Q&A on the message boards. (Voting in the polls and like/unlike ideas is critical to the operation of the group).
Members are expected to RSVP yes, or no for all events well in advance.
If a member changes his/her mind about attending an event, that member is expected to change his/her RSVP status. (RSPVing is common courtesy. If another member wishes to network with you, they will be watching your RSVP status and adjusting their schedules accordingly).
Events which have a cover charge: events with food and/or speaker; RSVP closes 48 hours prior to the event. Members who RSVP for paid events – and opts to pay at the door – and are no show; membership will be considered revocation on an ICB. (If a fellow member is kind enough to commit the capital to organize an event, we should be cognizant of the financial loss which may incur).
Our goal is to promote at least 1 event per county, monthly. Our events range from lunch to happy hour, and due to the diversity of our membership we have incorporated diversity in the venues for our events. Some venues will be upscale quiet meeting places, and others will be a little louder.
Some events may include food and/or a speaker presenting a topic of interest. An event of this nature requires advanced planning and requires members to RSVP well-in-advance. All proceeds will go towards cost to promote the event.
Do I pass out my business cards at events?
Sure, if it makes you feel accomplished. Every member has a complete profile on which you will find more information than on their business card. You may email or call a member, if their phone number is posted. (If you are attending an event and you are collecting business card, you obviously have not checked the profiles of the members who will be attending the event. Perhaps have not narrowed down the 4-5 persons of interest that you would like to network with based on their profile; therefore, you are now inefficiently “cold calling” when you were given “warm leads”. If you did your research perhaps you will have something meaningful to say to those 4-5 members, which, will help to build rapport).
What if I think my product is a fit for a member or his company?
Assuming you are active/known in the group; and you have made the effort to network face to face with that member at few events, email or call that member. As a fellow member (band of brothers) that member is expected to permit you an appointment - within reason - or to introduce you to the desired third party. (NOTE: Networking begins with giving, not asking).
So, I cannot email my products and services to all the members?
Aggressively emailing offers to all members, or a group of members, will lead to termination of membership. (If you think a member or group of members can benefit from offers you push from time to time, get the member(s) “permission” and email address, then add them to your private email campaign outside of the group.)
How do I get a member I want to network with to attend an event?
If the member ignored your private emails, respectfully invite that member in a public way (post it on the board). Ex. “John, what do you think about the Miami Beach event? If your schedule permits I would like to pay for your lunch.” (NOTE: Networking begins with giving, not asking).
Can I email the group about my company or a product my company is launching?
NO! There is a section on the message board for promotions; please post your promotions there, and chose the option to not email your post to the group. (Active members check the message board regularly).
A member I wanted to network with disappeared from the group, what happened?
After 60 days of inactivity, we reach out to members in regards to continuing membership, and after 90 days of inactivity that membership is terminated due to inactivity. (Some members’ business travels are extensive and are exempted temporarily. Former members may rejoin the group with prior approval from an organizer).
Here is a fact about networking most of us chose to ignore. Networking is a long-term process, but the rewards are worth the investment.