WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME? was all too common in yesterdays Networks. HOW CAN WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER? is where we are at now! We are all in business to succeed, but long term relationships trump quick and dirty business exchanges every time and we focus on SUSTAINABLE NETWORKING. The overall community we have built is the new way. We have history, Building relationships since 1998 while many, many other networking groups have come and gone, our Community thrives.
THE THINKREFERRALS™ METHOD is to provide the tools that connect people through relationships which create the genuine desire to help each other attain business results on all levels. We DO NOT believe Quality Referrals can be forced and we certainly DO NOT believe that any referrals should be passed based on who pays the highest referral fee in an attempt to supplement a Referrer's income. If you pass referrals for profit, you have come to the wrong place.
Our ThinkGenerously Society was developed specifically to provide aid to families in need within our local communities, only ThinkReferrals Members in good standing are accepted as Directors within the Society. This is just another way we have established ourselves as one of the most Unique Business Networks in North America.
in today's Business World, those giving freely of their knowledge and experience, ALWAYS gain more than those that think only of what's in it for them. Giving is an important part of the ThinkReferrals Business Network Mindset. Our Members grow and develop through interaction and collaboration with their fellow Members as well as with their community and those in need. The most significant business results are attained through shared experiences, strategy and common goals.
First and most important is the word itself: Net-WORKING, it is NOT: net-SOCIALIZING, net-RELAXING or even net-PLAYING, it is WORK to be a successful networker. You will only get out of it what you put into it. If you work hard at networking it will work hard for you. In the business setting, networking is getting to know people and businesses, and developing trust and communication to make the process of business easier, more enjoyable and of course more valuable. This usually involves the exchange of "BUSINESS HELP" either in the form of "leads", or referrals to potential customers, the sharing of valuable knowledge and experience between Business Professionals, perfecting your marketing and communication skills in front of and with the help of fellow members, or in some cases just the camaraderie and exposure to other successful business people on a weekly basis is where the value lies.
THE ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS OF BELONGING TO OUR NETWORK are huge for a skilled networker and learning to be one is not a difficult process. The basics of networking occur when you give someone a referral or business help or receive a referral or business help from someone based on the relationship of trust that has been built between the two of you. That connection is a simple network. And that is, in the end, all that is involved in even the most sophisticated networks. People exchanging connections, or leads, or sharing experiences in order to teach and learn from each other based on the Business Relationship they have built over time to create mutual trust. As you learn to expand your network of associates, you will find this happening more and more often, until you finally have more business than you can handle. At that point, the real benefits of networking become obvious.
We are not about rules forcing weekly referrals. Some of our members choose to participate in our business teams in order to interact with and build strong business relationships with other like minded business members, while other business professionals may join to increase their active Business Connections which will help to raise their image with their existing client base. Some members simply choose to be part of a team which is dedicated to helping each other build their business with the exchange of 'Warm Market Leads'.
The first step to becoming a member of a Thinkreferrals™ Chapter is to attend a meeting in your area. Once you have made the decision that you would like to be part of this Team, simply discuss your interest with the leadership team of the chapter. Once the Leadership Team has made the decision, an invitation to join will be emailed to you with a link to the online application.
"Qualified referrals are the result of Strong Business Relationships"
ARE YOU A NETWORKER? Take a look at the most powerful marketing available for your small or medium sized business, drop by and visit a chapter near you and meet other business professionals with the same goals.
Thinkreferrals™ is an organization open to individuals prepared to work hard and participate fully in the growth and success of their Chapter. We allow only one member of each business category or profession to join each chapter.
MEMBERSHIP SEAT POLICY Thinkreferrals™ membership has a few simple pre-qualification requirements. In todays high energy business categories, small business is taking on many multiple roles. We have been forced to set absolute policies. One membership constitutes one specific and defined business category. We find that better and more reliable service is provided when our members can focus on the specialties of their team mates.
The key to success in any professional netWORK is to WORK at it, our members WORK to see positive results.
"I have had the good fortune of experiencing both small business as well as corporate marketing. The two were amazingly different . . . yet shouldn’t be.
In the corporate world, our weekly marketing meetings were of the utmost importance, though most people grumbled and groaned about attending. The reality was . . . the meetings helped to co-ordinate our efforts and drove sales. Skipping meetings was frowned upon due to the high importance team work played within the corporate structure.
My vision started out simply to give small business people the same marketing advantage as corporations, with a group of people marketing each others business. As we progressed, we found the same grumbling and groans about attendance so we took it upon ourselves not to enforce rules for attendance, but to help educate our members on the importance of commitment.
At this point, we are not only a Business Network, but a Network that takes it to the next level and educates, supports our Membership and builds good will within the community we do business in."
NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK Whatever your choice may be, belonging to a strong Business Network is the future of business. Network, Network, Network, combined with Social Media Strategies should be considered among the most cost effective and efficient marketing method of all time. Expand your sphere of influence and grow your business with Thinkreferrals, where our members are our business.
Everyone uses word of mouth marketing techniques in one way or another, this is the oldest and most effective marketing method. Thinkreferrals will help you turn this basic knowledge into a tool designed to increase your customer base. We strive to teach our members the value of the SDC priciple in every day business life. Developing your business image is of the utmost importance when involving yourself in a 'Business Team'.
Empowering Business Professionals to succeed through Global Cooperation
Collaboration and Strong Community Relationships