Defining a Quality Networking Group

When it comes to quality, how do you choose the group that matches your expectations?

Defining a quality group is not as easy as it looks. You first need to conduct the research into meetings, type of attendance etc. The next thing you want to know is the size of the group. Size does count as a smaller group will not often have enough leads for each individual. You should also make sure that the level of the person belonging to the group is at the appropriate place. By level we mean: is the person belonging to the group an influencer on decisions or are they the person that makes the actual decisions? Often with these groups, it is the salesperson that attends, and they can only suggest something to the decision makers. The decision maker does not necessarily need to be the CEO, but it is likely that they are part of the administrative executive. Do not waste your time with groups that do not have access to the decision makers.

Influencers can have some effect, but in the long run, if they cannot get you in front of the decision maker, you are most likely wasting your time. Be picky about the quality of the group you may eventually join; if you are to bring leads in and they are to offer you leads, make sure the quality of the group is where you need it to be. For example, do not expect high level consulting business from a printer-paper salesperson. It is not likely they will know who you need to know.

Even though quality is important in a group, quality can be found in various types of groups that you will come across. Quality may be defined in several ways. First is the quality of the attendees and the level of decision making they have in an organization. Second is the quality of the leads that are generated by the attendees. The leads need to be of some value and they need to include an introduction to the company needing your services. Let's take a closer look at some of the types of groups that could possibly fit your needs.

Group Survey

Name of the group


Where does the group meet?


Day and time of meetings (is it weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly?)


Group Size ___________________________________________________

How many people do you know in the group? __________________

Group Focus _________________________________________________

Decision Making Level of the participants


Are there exclusivity requirements? ___________________________

Number of Leads expected:

Receive in a month __________ Give in a month ________________

Further Comments


________________ ______________________________________________

Bette Daoust, Ph.D. has been networking with others since leaving high school years ago. Realizing that no one really cared about what she did in life unless she had someone to tell and excite, She decided to find the best ways to get people's attention, be creative in how she presented herself and products, getting people to know who she was, and being visible all the time. Her friends and colleagues have often dubbed her the "Networking Queen".

Blueprint for Networking Success: 150 ways to promote yourself is the first in this series. Blueprint for Branding Yourself: Another 150 ways to promote yourself is planned for release in June 2005. For more information visit

In The News:

Networking is pointless — unless you follow this important rule, relationship expert says  CNBCTo be an effective networker, it's important to view relationships as "capital," says Zvi Band, relationship strategist and author of "Success Is in Your Sphere."
The New Face Of Networking  ForbesThese are tactics that anyone can apply, at any stage in their career, to build relationships and reap the benefits of a strong network.
Extreme Networks' Approach to Autonomous Networking Is Elemental  eWeekPRODUCT ANALYSIS: Extreme lets customers mix and match to evolve to an autonomous network at their own pace.
Trump’s Huawei ban ‘wins’ one trade battle, but the US may lose the networking war  TechCrunchWhile U.S. government officials celebrate what they must consider to be a win in their battle against the low-cost, high-performance networking vendor Huawei ...
5 Things You Probably Don't Know About Extreme Networks  No JitterExtreme Networks is one of the oldest names in networking, founded in 1996 by Gordon Stitt, one of the industry's legendary figures. Since that time, Extreme ...
Juniper Networks' Channel Has A New Leader  CRNThe Juniper Networks channel has a new leader. The networking company has promoted Christian Alvarez to lead its channels and distribution worldwide.
Networking on vessel: new A-list speakers announced for Coinsbank Blockchain Cruise 2019  CoinCodexIBM Blockchain Director and Ajit Tirtha from ConsenSys join main conference lineup.
The Rise of Security-Driven Networking  BankInfoSecurity.comTraditionally, enterprises have built networks and then added security elements. But in what he describes as "the third generation of security,"
Networking for introverted scientists  Nature.comNetworking is a crucial skill for all scientists. Ruth Gotian offers tips for those who struggle to make it work.
The Career Navigator: Ins and Outs of Networking for Introverts and Others  Animation World NetworkNetworking is really about friends helping friends, and no matter how shy you may be, you have experience and perspective that can benefit others.
How To Start Networking -- Differently  ForbesThere is always more than one way to develop new business connections in your life.
Tracking Telco Progress in Open Networking  Light ReadingMy musings and observations on OpenStack, the open source community, what's working and what could work better.
Networking and Security: Put It All Together  CSO OnlineWhen both teams work together, they can create a tailor-made solution.
Radiant Eyes 50 Crores in Networking, IT and Structured Cabling  DATAQUESTRadiant, known for getting brands into Indian channel space and work on Niche products has recently added Swiss Networking Giant R&M.
How Introverts Can Learn to Love Networking  Kellogg InsightFor introverts, networking events can be a source of dread. The format itself—a crowd full of strangers hoping to make a strong impression—is anathema to ...
Dispelling Old Rules of Networking  ATDCentroverts and introverts do not benefit from the old rules of networking. Join me in turning three old-school networking premises on their heads.
Extreme Networks CEO blames China, not Trump, for trade impasse  TechTargetExtreme Networks CEO Ed Meyercord blames China, not President Donald Trump, for the impasse in trade talks that has led to a 25% tariff on Chinese exports.
Marvell to Acquire Aquantia, Eying Automotive Networking Market  AnandTechMarvell on Monday announced that it had reached an agreement to buy the networking specialist firm Aquantia for $452 million. The acquisition will allow ...
Creativity, Networking, and Brunch. The Perfect Combination – Barrie 360  Barrie 360Taking place at the Common Good Cafe, The Social Brunch is a 4-hour networking brunch that will connect you with creatives in Barrie over food and cocktails.
Array Networks boards BEL, IL&FS consortium for Agra smart city  ETTelecom.comThe US-based Array Networks has bagged the Agra smart city project to supply networking hardware tools, and would work in a consortium with state-run ..
I tried Barry's Bootcamp, the intense fitness class that's become a hub of VC networking and tech deals. I walked out with a lot of sweat but no funding.  Business Insider IndiaAnna Webber / Getty ImagesLee Edwards, a partner at early-stage venture firm Root Ventures, tweeted Thursday "The 3 B's of venture deals: Barry's, The Battery ...
Is It Too Late For Juniper Networks To Catch Up With Cisco And Aruba?  ForbesAnalyst Will Townsend takes a look at Juniper Networks' efforts to catch up to the larger enterprise networking providers.
Teach Your Teen That Networking Is Actually Important  LifehackerGrowing up, I'm not sure I ever heard the term “networking.” When I finally heard it in college, it sounded to me like a trendy buzzword that only a business major ...
Allied Telesis turns its networking focus to the U.S. market  Network WorldWhile big names like Cisco and Juniper dominate the enterprise networking landscape, Allied Telesis quietly brings 30 years of experience and innovation to ...
Generous Forms Of Networking That Pay Off  MadameNoireI used to despise the idea of “networking.” To me, it just conjured up feelings of sleaziness, manipulation, lies, and calculation. I used to think that networking ...
Network Like a Boss and Move Your Business Forward In Charlotte with These Tips  Black EnterpriseNetworking expert and entreprenuer Carlos Davis shares networking tips to move your business forward at the Black Enterprise FWD conference in Charlotte.
Networking technology: Where it is now — and where it’s headed  TechGenixThe IT world moves at breakneck speed, and advances in networking technology are no exception. These technologies are already hot — and are getting hotter.
Array Networks invests $2 million in Array Center for Technology  LivemintBENGALURU: Array Networks, Inc., a networking company based out of Bangalore and California, on Wednesday said it has invested over $2 million in setting ...
12 Indians Arrested for Running Illegal Networking Business in Nepal  News18Networking business, under which money is sent to foreign countries without any legal channel, has been banned by Nepal Rastra Bank.
12 Memorable Ways To Introduce Yourself At A Networking Event  ForbesMembers of Forbes Communications Council share their best tips for introducing yourself to new networking contacts.
Dell EMC, Big Switch Take On Cisco With Open Networking Deal  SDxCentralDell EMC and Big Switch Networks inked an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Dell EMC for Big Switch's SDN products.
Six Networking Lessons From The Venture Career Of Kate Shillo Beardsley  ForbesVenture capitalist, Kate Shillo Beardsley's career may have started in New York City – but with the growth of her network, her career, together with her personal ...
Business Women Invited to Popular Networking Event, May 22  TAPinto.netRegistration for Union County's premier networking event for women closes soon.
This $19 Bundle Helps You Become a Certified Cisco Networking Expert  XDA DevelopersCompanies of all sizes rely on networks for communication. If you want to work in IT, you really need to understand how they work. In addition, many exciting ...
Cisco Systems Is Still Firing on All Cylinders  Motley FoolThe networking giant is still a great defensive stock for a turbulent market.
Tourism Summit features educational sessions, networking and ideas for growth  Martinsburg JournalHARPERS FERRY — The Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed guests to its 3rd Annual Tourism Summit Thursday and Friday, an event ...
Become a Certified Networking Expert with this Microsoft MTA Prep Bundle  XDA DevelopersEvery company over a certain size needs a solid network. That's why experienced network engineers are always in demand. What's more, networking skills are ...
Free networking events at the Fairfield Enterprise Centre  Louth LeaderEast Lindsey District Council is to begin holding free monthly business networking events at Louth's Fairfield Enterprise Centre, following a recent trial.
Why Soft Skills Make Strong Networks  EntrepreneurI'm not much of a “new-age” guy. Yet, I believe in the immense power of the Law of Reciprocity. This concept touches upon the deep-rooted psychological urge ...
12 Tips On How To Maximize A Networking Opportunity  ForbesHow do you choose which events to attend? How do you maximize a networking opportunity? How do we maximize networking opportunities – and even ...
Citic Telecom Adds VMware-Velocloud SD-WAN to Hybrid Networking Platform  SDxCentralCitic Telecom TrueConnect Hybrid platform provides customers with a full-stack of networking and internet services including SD-WAN.
Huawei denies existence of ‘backdoors’ in Vodafone networking equipment  ZDNetThe 'hidden backdoors” reportedly could have been used to spy on Vodafone's infrastructure. Huawei says otherwise.
Startup Saturday: The app that got Pune networking over food  Hindustan TimesApp Meetroz, previously called Share a Meals, solves the food wastage issue and also helps travellers to network with like-minded people.
Women Legal Execs, Entrepreneurs Celebrate New Networking Venture: 'The Fourth Floor' | The American Lawyer  Law.comWhen The Fourth Floor first came into existence late last year, the fledgling networking group had an idea and a dream, but the concept was still in infancy and ...
What graduates need to know about networking to ensure career success  IOLThree human resources and recruitment specialists agree that networking is an effective way for graduates to secure employment.
Xilinx buys Solarflare to step up its data center networking game  SiliconANGLE NewsXilinx buys Solarflare to step up its data center networking game - SiliconANGLE.
Vislink Technologies (VISL) & ADVA Optical Networking (ADVOF) Head-To-Head Survey  Mayfield RecorderVislink Technologies (NASDAQ:VISL) and ADVA Optical Networking (OTCMKTS:ADVOF) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is ...
Itron, Landis+Gyr Duel for Market Share in Grid Networking  Greentech Media NewsItron and Landis+Gyr, the world's two biggest publicly traded smart metering and grid networking providers, both reported financial results on Monday ...
These apps aim to make networking easier for women  GMAHow to navigate adult life like a boss, from turning your job into a career to investing your hard-earned mone to building relationships and more. Because ...
Casino games, networking mix at ‘Chamberville’ in Deer Park  ChronDeer Park Chamber of Commerce's annual business expo on May 16 gave the Jimmy Burke Activity Center the flavor of a casino, with guests playing slot ...
Crime analysts networking together in new group  Newnan Times-HeraldCrime analysts from more than 20 law enforcement agencies recently traveled to Coweta as part of a new group formed to share information and strategies.
Rhythm N' Bloom offers a chance for musical networking during Musicians Corner  WBIR.comIn addition to the great music, shopping, and food and drinks, the Rhythm N' Blooms Music Festival also has a "Musicians Corner" where bands can learn about ...
Brewery to host monthly networking group  Morganton News HeraldSidetracked Brewery, acquired by Joseph and Jessica Ackerman last July, hosted the kickoff of B.Hive, a newly organized networking group, on Monday, May 6.
Facebook registers ‘Libra Networks’ in Geneva for developing blockchain technology  AMBCrypto NewsFacebook on May 2nd registered Libra Networks in Geneva, it is a firm based on developing blockchain technology, their first venture into this domain.
Sinister secret backdoor found in networking gear perfect for government espionage: The Chinese are – oh no, wait, it's Cisco again  The RegisterRight on cue, Cisco on Wednesday patched a security vulnerability in some of its network switches that can be exploited by miscreants to commandeer the IT ...
5G networks could wreak havoc on weather forecasting, officials warn  CNETForecasters say interference from 5G radios in the 24 GHz band could reduce the accuracy of predicting the intensity and path of major hurricanes by 30%.
Trump declares national emergency to protect US networks from foreign espionage  TechCrunchPresident Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to “deal with the threat posed by the unrestricted acquisition or use in the United States of ...
Ubiquiti Networks Slips After a Perfectly Good Quarter  The Motley FoolRegardless of how the market responded, the networking hardware specialist should be *content* with its position.
Report: Iran detains members of 3 modeling networks  ABC NewsIran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has carried out its latest series of arrests targeting online modeling, part of the hard-line group's efforts to confront what it ...
5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos  WIREDThe FCC is clashing with scientists who argue that 5G networks could interfere with weather sensors and compromise weather predictions.
Major networks will play a supporting role during upfront week  CNNUpfronts preview: Major networks cast in supporting role during upfront week, as their parent companies pivot toward streaming and the digital future.
County Commissioner: Joe Klebon cites networking as key skill for bringing change  News ItemAs a coach and a teacher, Joe Klebon has learned to work and communicate with groups and teams to get things accomplished. He's hoping to take that skill set ...
Verizon, AT&T, world: How to see 5G networks where you live  CNETOokla's new 5G coverage map. Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET. 5G data networks are the next big thing for your phone, promising 2x to 10x faster ...
Why Meteorologists Worry 5G Networks Could Degrade Weather Forecasts  ForbesWhy the emergence of 5G could set us back years in weather forecast accuracy and warning the public.
Vodafone Idea Selects HPE Solutions to Manage Next Generation Networks and Services  DATAQUESTHewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it has been selected by Vodafone Idea Ltd to partner for its next generation operations support systems (OSS) ...
U.S. Telecommunications Networks Barred From Using Foreign Suppliers  NPRNPR's Noel King talks to Elliott Zaagman, a columnist for the China-focused tech news website, about Trump's executive order restricting ...
TV networks to advertisers: Hey, we'll have streaming services, too  CNBCMajor TV networks presented to advertisers this week at upfront presentations as they try to elbow out disruptors.
Financial instability of telcos, RoW, inadequate fibre responsible for slow networks  ETTelecom.comFinancial instability in the Indian telecom sector, Right of Way issues and inadequate fibre optic network capacity are to be blamed for slowing data ..
TV Networks Court Advertisers At This Year's Upfronts  NPRThe Upfronts are a yearly presentation by broadcast and cable networks to advertisers. Despite the media coverage of streaming services like Netflix, broadcast ...
How social networks are recruiting teenage extremists  The VergeIn March, in the aftermath of the Christchurch shooting, I tried to distinguish between internet problems and platform problems. Internet problems arise from the ...
Army Will Rent Base Networks, But Never Battlefield  Breaking DefenseThe Army will effectively rent back-office IT "as a *service*" from contractors, allowing it to focus on modernizing the front-line network.
Tejas Networks Shares Trim Gains After Rising Over 10% on Strong Results  News18Tejas Networks shares pared almost all their gains to trade just nearly 1% higher at Rs 188 apiece in afternoon trade on Tuesday. The stock had risen as much ...
Wood wide web: Trees' social networks are mapped  BBC NewsResearch has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots, fungi and bacteria helping to connect trees and plants to ...
Women United for networking event | Features  yoursun.comWomen United, a program of the United Way of Charlotte County, held its Annual May Art and Networking event, at the Charlotte Desoto Building Industry ...
As Streaming Shakes Up TV, Upfronts Show Networks Can Pivot—Without Forsaking Advertisers  ForbesIt may not have been a comedian's dream gig, but Jimmy Kimmel was obligated to play a room of some 2,500 advertising executives and media buyers at ...
Social Networking Does Not Hurt Teenagers – Study  Silicon UKMore evidence that parental concern over tech and social networking is misplaced in Oxford University study. The amount of time that teenagers spend on social ...
TV Networks’ Fall Lineup Is Light on New Shows  The Wall Street JournalBroadcast networks will debut fewer shows next season than in previous years, a sign of how hard it is for new productions to establish themselves in a world ...
Data Points: Using social media to build support networks  ModernHealthcare.comWhile Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must combat posts that spread falsehoods about vaccinations, a growing body of evidence points to patients and ...
TV Networks Face Challenges as They Announce Their New Primetime Lineups  FortuneSpring has sprung and with it comes the annual ritual of TV upfronts, when broadcast networks roll out the red carpet for Madison Avenue. Beginning Monday ...
Nonprofit groups express concern with pop-up abortion networks  The Daily DotAbortion fund organizations advise against pop-up groups wanting to help women get safe, legal abortions after several states passed anti-abortion laws.
A Free Wi-Fi Finder App Exposed Passwords To Millions Of Networks  ForbesAn app that helped its users find and connect to free Wi-Fi hotspots helped itself to credentials... then leaked them.
Scientists Figured Out How to Make Neural Networks 90 Percent Smaller—but Just as Smart  Popular MechanicsA pair of MIT researchers discovered a way to construct an artificial intelligence that's only about a tenth the size, without losing any computational ability.
AT&T's Igor Glubochansky: Businesses Need Lower Latency Networks  Light ReadingAT&T sees big promise in manufacturing, healthcare and retail, even before mobile 5G becomes available everywhere.
Exclusive: Canadian security agencies alarmed by gaps in parties' networks as election approaches  Reuters IndiaCanadian security services are sounding the alarm about what they see as a potential weakness in political parties' cyber networks just months ahead of a ...
Ookla Launches An Interactive Map Showing All The 5G Networks In The World  Forbes5G is the next big thing in wireless technology and when it's fully implemented it really will be a big thing. With speeds in the neighborhood of five times faster ...
Outdoor networking on the Wild Side in Bandon!  Southern Star NewspaperOutdoor industry professionals from West Cork at the inaugural Outdoor Industry Networking Event held at Wild Side Sports in Bandon earlier this month.
Security Roundup: Side-Channel Attacks, Trend Micro, Extreme Networks  Channel FuturesThe organizations that should be most concerned about side-channel attacks are those that run virtualized environments such as public hosting companies, ...
AI - To infinity and beyond? Let's focus on wireless networks and cybersecurity first  AI NewsAI has huge potential for wireless networks and for the people that must protect them, as well as those who try and attack them.
Fall lineups reflect networks' moving to embrace a streaming future  WRAL Tech WireIf it seems like America's political system is experiencing a slow-motion nervous breakdown, you wouldn't notice it from the crop of new TV series rolling out to ...
Aryaka raises $50 million for software-defined networking tools  VentureBeatSoftware-defined networking in a wide area network (SD-WAN) startup Aryaka has rasied $50 million from Goldman Sachs in a series F round.
An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks  WIREDGeoffrey Hinton is one of the creators of Deep Learning, a 2019 winner of the Turing Award, and an engineering fellow at Google. Last week, at the company's ...
Europe adopts Huawei gear into 5G networks over US objections  Nikkei Asian ReviewLONDON -- European countries are allowing some products from China's Huawei Technologies into their fifth-generation wireless infrastructure despite U.S. ...
TV networks emerge as obstacles on YouTube's hunt for ads  ETtech.comYouTube's struggle to clean up *content* has driven advertisers to spend more on television networks' online properties.
Here’s What the Networks Are Picking Up and Dropping for the 2019-2020 TV Season  FortuneAs TV networks make their upfront presentations, reboots, spinoffs, and shows about topics including female empowerment are being picked up.
Local entrepreneurs learn the value of veteran networking  KSL.comThe Salt Lake Chamber hosted the Utah Veteran Owned Business Conference on Friday. The annual event was established in 2015 to help veteran ...
Domiporta automates sales, starts networking meetings with agents  AIM GroupAndrzej Sowula | May 17, 2019 | Real Estate. In Poland, Agora's real estate site has automated sales of its products to both real estate agencies ...
Sinclair CEO on buying Disney's regional sports networks, political ad revenue  CNBCSinclair CEO Chris Ripley joins CNBC's "Closing Bell" team to discuss the media industry, purchasing Disney's regional sports networks, political ad revenue ...
For western countries, shutting out China’s Huawei from their telecom networks is a big mistake  Scroll.inWestern fears of Chinese telecom giant Huawei infiltrating their technological infrastructure are rooted in fears of China's rise. Three of the “Five Eyes Network” ...
What Can We Learn From Juniper Networks, Inc.’s (NYSE:JNPR) Investment Returns?  Simply Wall StToday we'll evaluate Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. To be precise, we'll consider its ...
Here Are All the 5G Networks & Devices Around the World - Today  Light ReadingAs the 5G market gains momentum, new figures from the GSA and Ookla help highlight exactly where the global industry sits in terms of network rollouts and ...

Networking - How To Do It

Networking is probably the oldest, easiest, most effective and least... Read More

Client Attraction Technique #2: Networking

One of the most cost effective ways of generating leads... Read More

Which Networking Events Should You Attend?

How does one determine which are the best events to... Read More

Effective Networking

The process of finding out about a job, getting interviewed,... Read More

Community Involvement Networking

It is important for you to join at least one... Read More

Measuring Value for a Networking Group

How do you measure a group's worth to your organization?It... Read More

Five Steps for Expanding Your Customer Base with Guerilla Networking

As a single company, it is impossible to provide your... Read More

Networking Know-how

Successful networking requires the understanding from the get-go that it... Read More

The Secrets of Effective Networking

Before we talk about specific networking tips I want to... Read More

Networking for Wallflowers: How to Profit from Getting into the Crowd

The two most common complaints about networking are: 1) I... Read More

Alliances: More Than A One Way Relationship

What is the biggest advantage of forming an alliance?Everyone has... Read More

Are You in the Relationship Business?

Are you in the relationship business? Of course you are.... Read More

Communication Is A 2-Way Street (The Networking Factor)

The Personal Touch 1There is a simple art to networking... Read More

Keys to Successful Networking While In Transition

Let's be real. With other pressures of life upon us,... Read More

Jump Start Your Network

Networking is often identified as a key business building activity... Read More

Joining Industry Specific Organizations Has Many Benefits

Recently, while providing an up-and-coming Virtual Assistant (VA) and small... Read More

7 Step Plan To Get Going With Networking

Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, feel like you... Read More

Two-Step Your Communication

Ever use someone else to get your message out?For example,... Read More

8 Ways To Develop Confidence In New Situations

Do you enjoy one-on-one networking, however, the thought of walking... Read More

Networking Group Loyalty Requirements

How can you find out the group loyalty requirements before... Read More

Lesson 69 - When Networking Events Fail

The StoryIn a quest to create strategic alliances, coalitions, and... Read More

Test Your Networking Know-How

Let's test your knowledge on networking:1)The best definition of networking... Read More

Where Does That Word Come From?

"Instead of a handshake, I gave Toby a high-five to... Read More

Network Marketing

Network marketing is the ordinary person's best opportunity to make... Read More

Four Brainless Self-Promotion Techniques To Avoid

Many workers think that their hard work will speak for... Read More