Anyone Have Any Advice on Starting a Networking or Tip Club?

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Does anyone here on Active Rain have any advice, tips, or suggestions on starting a networking or tips club? I have been thinking about starting one here locally. I assume most of these are started on the fly - with a few rules, such as only one real estate agent, one attorney, one CPA, etc. Any suggestions on the "rules" or how to get started? What's the best size for the club to be? Where should the meetings be held? And how often? Anything else that I should consider?

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Rainmaker
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Dave Woodson
Dave Woodson - Chesterton, IN
Not the Average Agent
I have been thinking about this as well.  I was part of a BNI club and I rally thought it was a waste of time, but I think there is a value there, but make it more of a book club or something like that
Mar 03, 2008 01:29 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
Certified Negotiation Consultants

George:

I recommend reading a recent blog by Uniqca Powell On How I Started a Business Network. The blog was great.

Mar 03, 2008 01:32 AM #2
Rainmaker
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The Michael Pierce Team
Better Homes & Gardens Kansas City Homes - Leawood, KS
Kansas City Real Estate Experts

You can start your own online social network at http://www.ning.com  Hope that helps.

Overland Park Real Estate

Mar 03, 2008 01:33 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Julia Huntsman
Huntsman Properties - Long Beach, CA
BPOR, CDPE, e-PRO, SFR, Broker
George, I recently looked at BNI and spoke to the regional director about starting one up myself. Try their site at http://www.bni.com to find contact people in your area and the groups in your area. I'm planning on attending one to see how it all goes, basically I think they're a good organization, however it's important to know that it's a franchise system, so it also depends on the local franchise owners for your area. They are there, though, to help you set up new groups and get you started.
Mar 03, 2008 01:38 AM #4
Rainer
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Matt Crow
Huntley Realty - Huntley, IL
www.mattcrow.com 630-728-6051

I have never had a good experience with these...and I have been in nearly a dozen over the course of time.  They are either just social or, in the case of my BNI experiences, the required leads were just "people I met this week"...not productive.  I'd spend the time focused on your farm.

Be of service! The rewards will come!

Mar 03, 2008 01:45 AM #5
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