The Builders menu is your go-to place to access everything the CC provides.
The Builders Menu options are divided into the following groups.
It’s essential to explore these options in your own time. However, we will give you a quick overview of some Builders Menu options now.
The Membership options include
There is a great deal of information contained in the Syllabus.
It’s ideal if you can go through this information step by step with your connector. However, the most significant benefit of doing this is the relationship you build with your Connector and the facilitated introductions they can make for you with others in the CC.
There is a full version of the syllabus, which you could walk through from one end to the other. However, we recommend you work through our Fast Track syllabus so that you can start taking network-building action as soon as possible. Typically the rest of the information you need will unfold as you need it.
Our Zoom meetings drive everything.
If you want to find out what meetings are on, access the “What’s On” option of the Builders menu.
One of the great benefits of this calendar is that the event times are shown in the timezone you logged in. You can see for which time zone the events are displayed from the bottom line of the calendar.
Our Weekly workshops are our most essential Core meetings.
Here are a few things to note about our weekly workshops
For all workshops apart from the first of the month, you choose the workshop you should attend.
Start with workshop number 1, and each week progress to the next workshop until you reach Workshop number 5.
Here is a brief overview of workshops 1 to 5.
Once you have completed Workshop 5, we have Workshops 5a & 5b designed to help you overcome any obstacles and become more efficient and effective with the process.
Workshop 5a is appropriately named “Help”, and Workshop 5b is called “Let’s Play”.
You can hang around workshops 5a & 5b as much as you like to learn how to get better results and interact with others to learn great hints and tips or simply resolve any problems you may have.
Workshop 6 addresses one of the biggest challenges that most people face: learning how to form consistent habits. Yet, intuitively most people realise this is one of the most significant barriers to achieving the success they desire.
Experiencing workshop six may help you or your team members become more consistent in network building as well as other activities that are important to them.
Workshop 7 is about onboarding new members into your team. There is a lot to cover, so we have broken this workshop into 4 sessions. Each week, the facilitator of this session will give a quick overview of the process and then focus on one of the sessions. The focus session for the week will be included in the name of this Zoom breakout session—for example, W07 dash Session 1.
Workshop 8 is designed to help you improve your team building and leadership skills. Again there is a lot to cover, so this workshop has 4 sessions. Each week the focus will be on a different session.
Most people struggle with how best to invest their time.
Workshop 9 helps you work out how best to allocate the time you have set aside to build your network.
We all want to figure out how to be most productive.
Workshop 10 covers tools and tips that will help you become more effective. This is invaluable. Just imagine if what you (or your team members) learned in this one workshop saved you time in all your other endeavours. It’s possible that this could save you more time than the entire time you invest in network-building.
Workshop 11 is called Professional and Personal Development.
This is one of our most popular workshops.
Each week we have an expert in their field delivering inspiring information and hints and tips that will help you in a wide variety of areas.
There is a great deal of excellent information contained in the Workshop Content.
Often you will want to quickly find something you came across in one of the workshops.
You can easily do this using the workshop SEARCH function. You’ll find this search bar located at the top of the Workshop grid.
You’ll find this function fast, powerful and easy to use. As you start typing, a list of possible results is displayed.
For example, if you wanted to access the details on setting up or using the MyMostTrusted Chrome extension, you could simply type those words into the search bar.
The search bar is so good! Make sure to try it out.
Another very popular and effective meeting is the Results Accelerator.
At a Results Accelerator meeting, a trusted and consistent contributor gives a presentation covering their background and an overview of their business.
At the end of each RA, the participants brainstorm about who they know who may be a good connection for the person who has just presented. Typically a great deal of advocacy is generated through these meetings.
We currently have 2 of these Results Accelerator meetings every week.
In most cases, the same presenter delivers their presentation at both meetings, thus gaining the broadest exposure to CC members and their contacts.
Our Special Interest groups are also very popular.
These special interest meetings are suggested and run by CC members.
The CC advertises these meetings on the What’s On calendar.
The idea of these SIGs is that CC members associated with a particular industry may help one another.
A good example is the Tech Enablement Group.
This group exists to help business owners achieve more through Technology.
The participants in this group learn about businesses that could use the services of members of this group.
Our Podcasts are invaluable.
We have 4 types of Podcasts.
(1) A Podcast of all the written material contained in each workshop. An example of this is the podcast you are listening to right now.
(2) A Podcast of all the written material contained in each of our Syllabus topics.
(3) A Podcast of “Our Classics”. This is a curated playlist of great TED talks, articles and other talks from various sources. These talks are typically inspiring, enjoyable, paradigm-shifting, and informative.
(4) Special interest Podcasts. For example, we have a Podcast of talks around how to best allocate, manage and multiply your time.
One of the most popular tools accessible from the Builders menu is the Collaborators+ Workbook.
Among other things, this Google spreadsheet gives you the ability to list and access the details for all other members of the CC. A great feature of this spreadsheet is the ability to search by name, industry, location, etc.
Our Syllabus provides a step by step process that you can follow during your weekly onboarding sessions with your Connector.
Not only will you learn a great deal, but these sessions will also help you build a relationship with your Connector, who will help you meet relevant others in the CC.
Why do we focus so much on LinkedIn? Initially, we suggest you speak with people you know who may also be interested in network-building. Workshop 03 is devoted entirely to helping you make a list of good candidates, what to say in a conversation with them and how to invite the suitable candidates to experience the CC. However, the list of people you know is limited, and the list of people your team members know may be even more limited. So, it makes sense to have a process that makes it easy to reach out and meet great candidates using LinkedIn. Let’s say you already have an extensive list of good relationships. In that case, consider reaching out to them and suggesting the possibility of working with them in a proactive, advocating and fun environment. In this environment, you can introduce them to many other people who may be great contacts. Research by Mark Granovetter, a sociology professor at Stanford University, showed the importance of your weak ties. A paper published by professor Granovetter in 1973 about weak ties became one of the most influential sociology papers of all time. Until then, scholars had assumed that an individual’s well-being depended mainly on the quality of relationships with close friends and family. Granovetter showed that quantity matters, too. One way to think about any person’s social world is that you have an inner circle of people you often talk to and feel close with and an outer circle of acquaintances you see infrequently or fleetingly. Granovetter named these categories “strong ties” and “weak ties”. His central insight was that for ...
When you build your network in the CC, results often come in unexpected ways. It is pretty common for you to be completely unaware that one collaborator is recommending you to another. In a sense, you are hands-off - uninvolved. In other cases, a collaborator may have advocated for you to one of their trusted associates and arranged a meeting for the 2 of you to meet. During that meeting, you begin to explain what you do. The other person stops you saying something like: “no need to explain if Geoff has recommended you; all I need to know is how soon can you start.” Compare that with the usual sales cycle where you continually explain why you are better than the competition. In the end, it’s about earning trust with others. In the words of the late Zig Ziglar, “when you help enough other people to get what they want - you get what you want.” Which attitude produces the best results: Giving or Taking? Professor Adam Grant has researched this question in-depth in his book Give and Take, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, translated into 30 languages. Named one of the best books of the year by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Oprah says it’s one of her most riveting reads. This book is on Fortune’s must-read business books, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management, and the Washington Post’s books every leader should read. For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and ...
What’s the Primary purpose of the CC? The primary purpose of the CC is to help you. Build a team of Team-building Advocates The larger your team, the larger the number of people advocating for you. The reason advocating networks work so well is that anyone can promote anyone except themselves. We all know how ineffective and uncomfortable it is to try to sell ourselves. On the other hand, we all know how effective it is to advocate for someone we trust to someone we believe will benefit from being connected with them. We also know that opportunities come attached to people within organisations rather than the organisations themselves. The main reason we want to help you build a team of team building advocates is so that you have a greater opportunity to achieve your End goals as well as your means goals. For example, your End Goals may include a desire to develop increased sustainable income with less effort so that you can create more memories, relationships and experiences with your family and closest friends and make a greater difference in the lives of others. Ideas are abundant. Especially technology-related ideas. However, the networks that can make those ideas succeed are not in abundance. As Tim Ferris (the author of the 4-hour workweek) said It is my opinion that if you choose one event properly and you build a network there in the right way, in a methodical way that really focuses on long-term mutual relationships, as opposed to transactions ... you will never have to network again, ever. ...