What happens at a meeting?
You arrive… in the dark and cold of a winter’s morning, or the balmy sunlight of summer. From 7.30 am onwards.
Easy to find, easy to park (that’s a relief). You’re in the stunning High Peak of Derbyshire (but don’t worry, it’s not far from Stockport or Macclesfield or Sheffield even). Outside, the rolling hills of a lovely golf course beckon. If you’re that way inclined, bring your clubs and play a round afterwards (please contact the Golf Club direct).
Inside, upstairs – there is a chairlift, if you need one – is the smell of fresh coffee and the sound of chatter.
Fresh pastries, fruit juice, fresh fruit await. There will be bacon baps later.
Your host Edwina will be present, and the speaker will be setting up. Please introduce yourself!
You sign in, tick your name off, check you’ve paid and that we have your correct details. Grab a coffee, then…
… go up to somebody you DON’T know, and start making friends and influencing people. You’ll see some are in business attire, some in jeans. Dress as you wish, we are relaxed here. You’ll hear every kind of accent too.
Don’t forget to bring leaflets (put them out on the tables) and business cards – in these days of fleeting emails, the printed word is remarkably effective.
At eight o’clock Edwina will call everyone to grab another coffee and sit down.
NETWORKING: you’ll be granted TEN SECONDS to tell the room who you are and what you do. Listen to the others – you may hear exactly the contact you want to meet.
The speaker is introduced, and has an hour to talk and answer questions. Feel free to ask whatever you like.
At nine o’clock the formal part draws to a close, and bacon baps appear as if by magic. Photos get taken. People move around, talk to those they spotted earlier, swap cards and details.
At nine-thirty you’ll be reminded that you have a business to run… and it’s goodbye till next time.
We also have the occasional social evening and other events, which you will learn about from our regular mailings.
And we have a SHARE CLUB which meets monthly for lunch to debate and argue about our “virtual portfolio” – limited numbers on this, so please ask Edwina.
Comments from members after a recent meeting:
“Thank you very much for such a fabulous morning networking.
I thoroughly enjoyed such a relaxed atmosphere where business could meet (and not sell to each other)
Very refreshing indeed.”
“It was refreshing, educational and interesting; something that most networking events are unable to actually achieve!”
“Today was less daunting than I imagined it to be and I enjoyed it too, it was really interesting.”
Comments from speakers
“It was a genuine pleasure to meet you and the other attendees. I thoroughly enjoyed the morning and the lively discussions and interaction with everyone there.”
Charles Oakley of the HSE Science & Research Centre, Buxton.
“It was entirely my pleasure, especially as it was such an interesting and interested group of people. Thank you so much for inviting me.”
John Whiston of ITV plc.
“I did really enjoy the presentation and time with your club, it was great to meet some of your members and have since continued some of those relationships, which I am sure will prove really beneficial.”
Gary Byrne, Learning & Development Manager, Eddie Stobart Logistics
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO A FUTURE MEETING….!!