Early alarm calls aside, I’ve got nothing but fond memories of the past 14 years of networking in Worcestershire. Never have I been happier or more comfortable since joining the Sterling Network. It has been amazing for business and I’ve made some great friends along the way too – here’s to another 14 years!!
I thoroughly recommend the Sterling Network to anyone and I’m more than happy to pass on what I’ve learned (and will continue to learn) to any of our clients and contacts who are interested in networking but would like to know the best way to proceed. Perhaps you would like to join me at a meeting sometime or get together for a 1-1 to learn about our respective businesses.
As a business owner, and an Accountant who is somewhat sociable, the invites to Networking events are quite common. It will come as no surprise that you can’t say yes to every invite and sometimes it pays to be picky rather than getting a reputation for just turning up anywhere and everywhere.
Sterling is very different; in many years of Networking I’ve seen a lot, I’m not unique in this respect. I’ve seen people ‘hunting’ across Networks, bullying members and visitors, hard-sells and some shocking tactics/activities. Rest assured I’ve never seen anything like this in the Sterling Network – it just wouldn’t be allowed.
What I have seen in the Sterling Network is support, friendship, growth, collaboration, trust, excellent products and service and people who genuinely embrace and revel in success of others. I’ve made some life-long friends and met some of my favourite clients here and it won’t be surprising to hear that I’ve enjoyed the process.
So why do I feel it’s different? Why isn’t it the same as other Networking? Why am I so passionate about being involved? Three questions with one simple answer. Sterling has an ethos surrounding the Principal of “know, like & trust” and the order is as important as the sentiment. The reality is that this Network has the ability to adapt and grow with the times, it embraces success and builds huge confidence in its members. It doesn’t take long to know, like and trust the people that operate it from the top down and that itself promotes great relationships amongst its members.
Sterling really has embraced the elements of Networking that make it enjoyable, practical and successful and is not frightened to move with the times as the business world around it changes.
A fitting quote to keep Sterling Networks in the forefront of your mind when considering networking is very much “you’ve tried the rest…now try the best” there is a good reason why businesses flock to this Network; if you’re not a part of it then you could be missing out.
In the meantime, I’ve put together a list of top-ten benefits that might suit your business…
I’m proud to be a member of Sterling Networks and enjoy spending time with both the members and the people involved. I would urge anyone who hasn’t visited yet to give it a try and get a taste of how Networking should be done in meetings run by people who know what they’re doing. There’s no hard-sell and no pressure; I know networking is not to everyone’s liking, never say never; Sterling Networks has a ‘grab’ for many people who wouldn’t ordinarily join a Networking group. Come along and see if it can grab you in the same way.
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