Smaller Indiana -- Rain Makers -- BNI -- Indiana Business Network -- IndyTweetUp
If one so desired, they could fill their calendar up with meetups with all of the networking groups in Central Indiana or interacting online with those same networks.
Pat Coyle gave us SmallerIndiana.com It appears to have some good discussions going on but efforts to move from thr virtual into the physical seem to be challenged; by what, I don't know
BNI under the Indiana leadership of Hazel M. Walker boasts 12 weekly meetings in Indianapolis and many more across the state.
is Eric Kallin's network started about October 2008 and boasts 374 members. Like BNI and RAINMAKERS it charges fees for attending events.
is a failed attempt by IUPUI Professor, Dr. Thomas Ho to bring the www.twitter.com/indytweetup
group to the physical realm. Their website is down.
How many more have come and gone? Who's cooking up the next "big network?"
I'm asking you all. What's it all for? What's it all about? Why do we start these groups? Why do we join them? Why do we show up? Are we getting anything out of them?
You tell me. Are you spinning your wheels or are you finding value? If you're paying for these networks, what's your ROI? Why is one network better or worse than another.
I'm all ears... Some one tell me what's really going on here. It's not evident to me that there is any quantifiable, appreciable results from all of this. Maybe I'm wrong. Personally, I find that networking comes very naturally to me and thus I do it. As the founder and leader of the http://groups.drupal.org/indiana
local Drupal Users Group, I Do very specific networking and it works well for me.
What I'm asking you is, what are you doing with all of these networks and is it worth it to you?
- Doug Vann