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At Thrive we wholeheartedly believe that people do business with those they know like and trust.

It’s not just who you know – the saying people do business with people comes to mind!

Thrive Business Networking Strategies:

The Thrive word of mouth networking is a system – use it – it works! 
As a member you meet your business colleagues every two weeks for a regular briefing and passing of business.
Network with like minded business people – Business networking enables you to meet people whom you don’t already know and grow your own network.
At Thrive you explore what your fellow members do and who they are in greater depths at the 1-2-1 meetings – Try not to prejudge people. All people have merit, and you never know who’ll provide you with a valuable referral. Targeting is a useful marketing concept, but in business and social networking, it’s possible to carry the targeting concept too far.
Be specific at your 60/90 second elevator pitch in knowing whom you want to meet – You need to know whom you want to meet, so that the members of your Thrive networking group can help you meet such people.
Focus on giving, not taking – It’s not all about sell, sell, sell – the importance of giving and receiving, not taking, extends far beyond business networking. You can become a powerful resource for your network!
We can’t be perfect, but we must at least do our very best – Polish your 60/90 elevator pitch, refine your business profile regularly and practice your communications, so that you’ll always make a great impression, lookout for new and creative ways to present yourself and your business
Be Consistent – Don’t rely on short intermittent bursts of activity in business networking – it hard to pass a referral to an empty seat.
Go the that extra mile – When you think you’ve achieved all you can, see if you can do a bit more.
Be organised – Keep a record of your business contacts’ names and personal information, as well as a log of your interactions with them.
Get more personal – Use the phone and face-to-face meetings to make a close connection with your contacts and business networking partners.
Be open minded – Every person you meet has the potential to introduce you to others in his or her personal network.
Attend the meetings regularly – You build relationships with like minded people who are looking to be able to refer business to you. Once they get to know, like and trust you they will be happy to put you in front of their contacts and refer business to you.
Build your network before you need It – Patience! It takes a long time to grow a business or social network. If you wait until you need a business network before you start building it, you’ll regret your decision to delay.
Be trustworthy - Real people want to network and conduct business with those who are completely genuine and transparent.
Don’t sell – The best chance and opportunity to have is to develop some degree of relationship with each person you meet.
Follow up on those referrals – Follow up quickly and appropriately on business networking referrals. When people give you referrals, your actions reflect on them. Remember it’s also their credibility on the line here – respect that and your referrals will grow.
Be prepared - To adjust your business networking course as you go along, have a business plan be clear about where you want to go or be.
Fish where the fish are - Join Thrive where you can connect with potential prospects and plenty of serious networkers.
Training and Development – As a member of Thrive we want you to get the best out of your networking opportunities.
Lorna Burroughes
Thrive Networking – Business – Connections

Networking puts you in the position to connect with people with whom you want to do business and allows you to gain and grow good business relationships from the beginning. Networking isn’t just about making contacts and connections, it’s about making the right ones. Thrive is a forwarding thinking group of like-minded people who appreciate staying connected and helping each other.