Hello 4Ners! With autumn now fast approaching, let’s take a look at what’s coming up this month.
Our Launch Season in July and August has been a great success, with a record number of great new 4Networking groups up and running – many thanks to all the teams on the ground for their energy and commitment in making these launches such a success, and welcome to all the new members of those groups.
The momentum is carrying on in September with even more new breakfast, lunch and evening groups starting up this month. On this forum post you can see the list of 25 upcoming group launches scheduled at present for September and October.
If there isn’t a group near you, then why not speak to your 4N Regional Leader about getting involved with setting up a new group?
TBNS 2018 is at the end of this month, being held at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Friday 28th September, and this year 4Networking are proud to be the Main Show Sponsor. If you’re interested in exhibiting or attending, find out more on the TBNS website. Look out for placemats at 4N meetings, giving you full info on the fantastic line-up of keynote speakers.
We have a couple of seminar slots, with some top tips to help you prepare for a meeting, how to craft your introduction to the room, creating the right conditions for people to say yes and the value of following up after every meeting. I’d love to see you there and share how to get the most out of your networking experience. We’ll also have a friendly team on hand on the 4N stand to answer any questions you may have.
We’re at a few other regional shows this month too – check out the list here and see if there’s a show near you.
Networking doesn’t stop over the summer and we ran a brand new promo in August to encourage you to make the most of your passport membership and attend as many meetings as you could.
In the national competition, we’re pleased to announce that Maurice Kelly in Jen Hinds’ region was the winner of 90 days’ free membership, for attending a whopping 28 meetings in August! In second place and winning 60 free days was Lauren Brown (James Chisholm’s region) who attended 23 meetings and in third place was Area Leader Mukesh Savani (Karen Gee’s region), winning 30 free days by attending 21 meetings.
We also had a number of regional winners who all won 30 days’ free membership:
Rick Notley (19 meetings, Duncan Jay's Region)
Andrew Davies (19 meetings, Martin Knapp's Region)
John Weltz (15 meetings, Frank Harris Region)
John E Parry (15 meetings, James Chisholm's Region)
Linda Clarke (15 meetings, Mark Tomlinson's Region)
Victoria Brittain (15 meetings, Sheena Whyatt's Region)
Joel Zimelstern (14 meetings, Karen Gee's Region)
David Skinner (12 meetings, Caroline A-J's Region)
Bob Brown (12 meetings, Caroline A-J's Region)
Toby Acton (12 meetings, Chris Ives Region)
Mark Fay (12 meetings, Gordon Hewett's Region)
Mark Harrison (12 meetings, Terry Dorr's Region)
Congratulations to everyone who took part in this promo and thanks for making this a success and contributed to some really great meetings around the country.
4Networking is an incredibly diverse and dynamic organisation, with members from all walks of life. As members, you have the right to network in a safe and sane environment. We take our responsibility to provide that environment seriously.
If you see anything at a 4N event that you feel is inappropriate (including content, hate speech, intolerance, or health and safety issues) report it. Any member of the network can report concerns to supportdesk@4Networking.biz. Your email will be responded to within 2 business days, and tracked until appropriate follow up action is taken.
We have just published our Networking Code of Conduct, which provides detailed guidelines on the safe and respectful conduct we expect at meetings and online, so please take a few minutes to read this.
The Facebook Community truly has become the online home of the 50% social side of 4N – and with over 26,000 members it’s easy to see why! So first, a huge thank you to every poster, commenter, reader and liker who helps to bring that community to life.
As for the 50% business side of 4N – that’s something we’ve spent a lot of time discussing and testing.
The biggest debate was around LinkedIn and whether launching a group there would work – and given the number of requests we received for one, we launched a small group to test the water. Six months later, it’s fair to say that our worst fears were confirmed – despite the best efforts of the 4Ners who took to the group, LinkedIn just isn’t the right platform for building the online “business side” of 4N.
Which brings me on to…
This all-new 4N website gives you great new ways to network online and to raise your business profile. It’s been a long time in development, but we’re excited about what it will give you:
You can see an exclusive preview of the new website just before it launches, at a special seminar at TBNS.
You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – and be sure to join the conversation in our Passport Members Only LinkedIn Group and our much more “social” (and almost anything goes) Facebook Community.
And as ever, if you have some good news or someone you’d like me to give a shout out to - drop me an email email@example.com.
I’ll see you in the network soon!