The advantages and disadvantages of the networking meetup…
The Chamber of Commerce. Breakfast clubs. Speed Networking. The handshakes. The smiles. The small talk….I for one, am not the best fan of the networking groups or meetups that you are ‘encouraged’ to go to as part of your job. But some people must love them, as they happen everywhere; from jobs-clubs, to entrepreneurial societies, to cup-cake-makers, to antique collector societies…
Perhaps ‘meetups’ can only be really beneficial to people that go of their own accord? If you are feeling reluctant to go to an ‘actual real-life networking event (as apposed to the internet groups you can join) perhaps the answer is that you are not 100% passionate or committed to why you were going in the first place.
Perhaps the internet has made it easier for people to think they are making friends with the contacts they make online, rather than the more personable, and yes, slightly more scary scenario of meeting with a group of well intentioned people, face to face. The good thing, as well, about the organised offline meetup, is that people are generally there for a similar reason….so with this in mind, check out below my list of advantages and disadvantages in the ‘networking meetup’ and a few thoughts from networking guru Patrick Power, who outlines his support for the whole affair…
Advantages of Networking
- You get to meet a group of like minded individuals
- You make new contacts – both one-on-one and as a team
- It will help you focus on what you are looking to achieve
- Get new ideas, inspiration and motivation
- You can be empowered and re-energised
- You may learn new things very quickly and without research
- You may find support to take your projects forward
- You may find partners – both financially and emotionally for what you are looking to achieve!
Disadvantages of Networking
- Some people are false and really only there to sell their own services
- Some people hate small talk and therefore would find this type of event quite unnerving
- Some people hate networking for the sake of it – without an actual and planned end result
- Once you go – you can feel obliged to keep going or take part!
- You can end up with other responsibilities
- Could be joining a clique – that clique is not always productive or respected outside of the circle!
- You can avoid all the small talk by just using the internet…
Patrick M Power, Founder of ‘Entrepreneurs in London’ argues the case ‘for’ Meetups of page 2…
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