Important: Our goal is to build relationships based on trust, which begins with respecting each others time. Please take note of our expectations regarding the use of meeting time.
- Each attendee will check in at the door and report their activities for the week (1-on-1's, referrals received, guests in attendance)
- The cost of attending each meeting is $12 + $1 cash (NCNG administration fee) = $13. Cost includes lunch buffet.
- The meeting will begin at 12pm
- Each member/guest will have the chance to give one (1) "30 Second Commercial". We ask that you please respect this time limit.
- 10 minute presentation, as determined by the Board of Directors
- 5 minute "Educational Moment", as determined by the Board of Directors
- Thank You's/Announcements - Each member/guest will have an opportunity to publicly thank members for closed business/referrals/introductions/new business opportunities. This is also the time when announcements can be made for upcoming events that may be of interest to our membership. Again, we ask you to limit yourself to 30-45 seconds.
- Our goal is to close each meeting at 1pm
Requirements for Membership:
We use a point system based on quarters (3 month cycles). To obtain membership, a guest must earn 20 points within the first three months of their initial visit. To maintain membership, members must earn 10 points each quarter and attend at least half of the meetings in each quarter.
Points are earned by:
- Having 1-on-1's with other members/guests = 1 point each
- Giving referrals to other members = 2 points each
- Bringing guests = 3 points each
1-on-1's are intended to be approximately 1 hour, with each person using half of the allotted time to tell a little about themselves and their business. These should not be treated as sales appointments, but rather as a way to find a connection with the other person. Some of the most productive 1-on-1's occur when the involved parties learn that they share a common like/belief/hobby/experience. People are more willing to know, like, and trust others with whom they share common ground.
Referrals are reported by the recipient, not the giver, and we respect quality over quantity. This system encourages our membership to seek out solid, warm referral opportunities, and to follow up to see how they turn out. It also discourages the passing out of referrals that amount to little more than a cold call. We want to build relationships based on mutual trust and respect, and respecting the time of our members is of the utmost importance.
Guests are the lifeblood of any group. When inviting someone to the NCNG, please remember that in order to be counted toward membership requirements, they should be a "viable" guest. This means they should not be in competition with any currently locked slot, and they should be a local business person who could benefit from/be a benefit to our group. An example of a non-viable guest would be a veterinarian who owns a practice in a different state. While that person would be allowed to attend, they would not earn points toward membership for the person who invited them.
Please see any member of the Board of Directors if you have questions about these requirements.