Member Guidelines Outline
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Post your business event and stand up and Announce It at the luncheon. We will share your event on our Facebook page. Post your event up 2 months in advance and at least one week prior. Topics can be specials you're having, presentations you're giving, charity events you're involved in and whatever else relates to you and your business.
Use the online Membership Directory and printed luncheon rosters to...
Please do not add people to your email distribution list directly from the online Member Directory or the printed roster provided at the luncheons. When you meet with members one-on-one, you can ask them whether they would like to be on your email or newsletter list. Thiswill avoid any issues with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.
One-to-one meetings are a chance to get to know other Women’s Network members and share how you can refer business to one another. You can do this by identifying your target markets and finding common connections. Building relationships is the best way to get referrals and build business!
Feeling shy? No worries! We’re all here to network, and we are all eager to get to know one another better so that we can form deeper connections.
Try these conversation starters:
At each luncheon, a member’s card is drawn from the business card bucket for a free lunch. This free lunch must be used at the next meeting of the Women’s Network.
To claim the free lunch, register online for the next luncheon just like you normally do, but rather than making the payment online, select “Invoice me.” When you arrive at the next meeting, check in with the treasurer to make sure she has marked you as “Paid.”
There will be designated tables in the room for members to display their information and/or products at each luncheon.
Feel free to bring flyers, pamphlets, giveaways (like free pens with your information on them), or other promotional materials.
Please do not place information directly on the dining tables. This space is reserved for SLOWN material, our Featured Speaker, and our 5-minute Spotlight Speaker.
Your goal should be to enable the attendees to get to know you better. You might talk about:
Five minutes goes incredibly fast. Before your presentation make sure you rehearse with a timer! When you present,watch for the board member who keeps time: she will let you know when you have one minute remaining.
Just like with your 30-second intro, it’s more important to give people a way to connect with you rather than to try to list everything you do. Make eye contact, ask questions, and engage the audience. If you’re running short on time, wrap up by telling people the kinds of referrals you’re currently looking for rather than trying to give all the details of your program or service.
Please respect the time and wrap up when you get the “one minute remaining” signal.
You are also encouraged to bring materials to put on the tables. Just make sure to explain what they are and what should be done with them. Such as...
Consider bringing a raffle item that day to maximize your exposure.
From time to time, we schedule special events, where you can spend time with other members in a casual, fun setting. This might be a wine and painting evening, a cooking class, or a fun local event.
If your schedule doesn’t permit you to attend luncheons as often as you’d like, you’ll love these events that occur outside of regular business hours!
We encourage all members to participate actively in the Network, and one fantastic way to do this is by joining our board. As a board member, you’ll help guide the organization, provide support for other members, and increase your visibility in the group. You’ll become a familiar and helpful face in the Network, staying on members’ minds as you perform the duties of your position.
Elections are held in May and the new board is installed in June. The terms are for one year. The executive board (President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary) are limited to 2-year terms before they must move to different positions or leave the board.
Some members serve on the board for a single term, some rotate through a few positions over a few terms, and some remain on the board in non-executive positions for several years. You can choose the level of commitment that works for you!