Long Island Business Resource Association
"For the Business People, By the Business People"
LIBRA Networking – (not so) New Location
Our new location is not so new anymore. It has been our home for a couple years and is working out great. We are at the Marriott Residence Inn – in Plainview New York. The price is $15 and there will be a new food format. We are enjoying of the hotel’s FULL breakfast buffet and then move into our own private meeting room to have the meeting.
IMPORTANT: We are obligated to give the Marriott an accurate count so please either respond to the Evite that is sent out or contact Robert Kothe ( 631-427-3292 email@example.com ) to be added to the RSVP list and Evite list.
Marriott Residence Inn Plainview
9 Gerhard Rd.
Plainview, NY 11803
2017 was the Year of the Core Member
A message from Robert Kothe, Co-Organizer – Posted February 2, 2018
In the past years, LIBRA Networking’s membership seemed to be somewhere you go when you didn’t make any appointments on the second Friday of the month. People would come. People would go. People would often come back. Since we meet only once per month, just missing two meetings in a row seems like an eternity.
2017 was different. Libra now seems to have a rock-solid core membership. We are jelling as a group and it almost seems redundant to give our 30-second commercial since the people around us can do it for us. That is consistency.
I write this because I am proud of what we have become. I am also prouder that many members schedule LIBRA ahead of time and will tell clients and other people that they are not available at that moment. Sure, people get sick, something comes up that cant be moved, or there are family emergencies, but overall people are making LIBRA a priority. I am telling you now that that closeness as a group will pay off for your business.
Still Room for a Few More
Although we are running out of seats in the room, there is still room for a few more non-competitive categories. If you want to be part of a solid group, with great speakers, great people and no dues (we just pay for our own breakfast) Contact one of the organizers to see if you might fit in.
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LIBRA is an informal networking meeting that meets once a month to help business people create networking relationships with other business people. By the word casual we still dress to impress but we barely have any rules.
No Rules, Just Networking:
- "Respectful exclusivity" and limited membership restrictions
- Anyone can volunteer to be a speaker
- No dress code. Business attire is typical, but if you want to leave the wrong impression its your right.
- No attendance requirements. Attend some, miss some.
- No dues or membership fees. You just pay $15 to cover your breakfast when you attend
- We are open to suggestions. Suggestions have gotten us a golf outing and a holiday party. (If paint ball were popular enough Im sure we would try it. Heck, we all could name a few business people who we would want to shoot at. )
Where and When We Meet.
How to become a member:
Contact Robert Kothe to see if there is a possible conflict and RSVP so the Hotel has an accurate count. Robert Kothe (631) 427-3292 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I bring a friend?
Bring two. Please let us know the count first and who they are.
What about exclusivity regarding my industry?
There is "respectful exclusivity".
Certain members are so reliable and so regular that we would like to reserve their category as exclusive. They earned the right by consistently attending LIBRA meetings. Other categories and people come and go like a revolving door. Please call or email Robert Kothe to see if your industry has room.
Robert Kothe (631) 427-3292 email@example.com
Why do other networking groups have exclusivity?
The confusion lies in the fact that there are other strategic networking meetings where membership is limited to one attendee per industry. Some of these meetings cost several thousand dollars per year to attend. If you were paying several thousand dollars to attend a meeting it is only fair to demand exclusivity within the networking environment.
But is exclusivity really exclusive?
Even in networking groups where membership is controlled it is impossible to provide exclusive arrangements.
Have you ever seen this at an exclusive meeting?
Hi, Im Tom, I am the meetings automobile insurance broker. I really do all types of insurance and financial analysis as well as provide driving lessons but Im only allowed to talk about auto insurance at this meeting. Becky over there represents homeowners insurance and Roy is the groups financial advisor and Jim is with a driving school so you are supposed to talk to them for the other stuff that I do.
Lets be honest, In this day and age diversity protects your income so it is not uncommon for a real-estate broker to also provide mortgages and a screen printer to also sell specialty imprinted items and embroidery. We are not poking fun at exclusive meetings but it is nearly impossible for the organizers to provide a truly exclusive mix of people. Toes are going to be stepped on.
So how do I make an impression when I am in a room with a competitor or two?
To start with, longevity is important. Drifters who attend only one meeting every now and then are easily forgotten and barely leave an impression. If you attended regularly you would be easily recognized and personal imprinting will take place.
Most important, the meeting after the meeting.
Even the most eloquent speaker can not impress a room so that the entire room is ready to do business with her or him just from a two minute commercial. A good elevator speech may show that you talk the talk but you still need to prove that you walk the walk.
Most important is to make a connection after the meeting. Get a business card. Pull out your appointment books and pick a day and time to get together over a cup of coffee.
It is there at the Starbucks, The Panera Bread, or especially the Au Bon Pain in Woodbury (where we meet) where you can get to know each other better.
So does that mean that members are listed in no particular order?
Absolutely not. There is still favoritism based on leadership and participation. While most members casually come and go and attend the meetings there is a small group of founders and volunteers who are providing their time, energy and resources when the meeting is weeks away. Im sure you agree that it is only fair to list this small base of hard workers higher on the listings. These are unpaid positions. This also sends a signal to others who wish to pitch in that there is still a minor reward to providing extra effort.
So how do I get listed as a member?
1) Write something.
2) Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "LIBRA Bio"
3) Be patient. The website developer is a volunteer just like the rest of the organizers who owns and operates a busy and successful business. He is also a really nice guy, a little chubby but cute in some ways. OK you caught me. I wrote this section.
We are developing the website in sections so check back to watch it evolve.
Thank you for visiting our website and we hope to see you at the next LIBRA meeting.