If you’re still wondering whether to come or not, maybe these words from some old, and some new, N2N members will help you decide…
From Peter Frampton (Switzerland):
Toronto. Warsaw. Melbourne. Malaysia. Sydney. Utah. I live in Switzerland but in these and many more faraway places there are people with whom I feel an out of the ordinary connection. Men and women who are more than just business associates or network connections. People with whom I feel a special relatedness. And this is because I’ve spent one or more weekends with them in the special space that is an N2N gathering… a uniquely fun, collaborative, sharing, trusting, productive, mature, generative, structured, unstructured, spontaneous, valuable and celebratory space. And yes, I’m excited for the next coming together of friends and friends to be made. Perhaps you and me! I look forward to it.
Nate Regier (USA):
Connecting with N2N was pure serendipity. It all started with borrowing a pair of scissors from a neighboring exhibitor at a trade show. He turned out to be an independent distributor of training materials, and a member of N2N. He was open, kind, encouraging, and helpful. He introduced me to several people in the N2N network, including Peter. From there, it has cascaded into a bountiful harvest of great advice and support. The benefits are limited only by your own courage to be transparent and ask for what you want. I credit N2N for giving our company more clarity, focus, and hope going into 2018.
Mark Robilliard (Australia / USA):
My first connection with Peter Everett came by way of a colleague’s recommendation. It was in 2005 and I called Pete in Sydney from my beach office in Queensland. I don’t think N2N was even a ‘thing’ yet, but Pete somehow managed to convince me that I really should fly down to Sydney to attend some sort of meeting for half a day. I’m so glad I followed my intuition rather than my logic and went. N2N is not an event, it is an experience and you can choose your own depth. You will meet wonderful people, you will be inspired into different thoughts and you will inspire others. But where are the facts you say? Our business is bigger, and better for our involvement with N2N. I believe we have made less mistakes and those we have made we have shared with others. I have made lifelong friends and connections. I have laughed and I have cried. I don’t really know what N2N is, but I do know I am glad to be part of it. And did I hear of free surfing lessons in San Diego…?
Terry Netto (Malaysia):
If you think it useful to be part of a network of carefully-selected business owners, N2N is an excellent platform. It gives you access to a bunch of professionals from across the world who are fun to be with and ready to help or point you in the right direction when you need some assistance. A lot of this has to do with what the Everetts have done and continue to do, thus creating a culture that I’ve not seen duplicated elsewhere.
Bob Morley (USA):
My first N2N meeting was in Amsterdam. I was impressed by the calibre of people in attendance and the ideas and connections I was able to glean to improve my own business. I particularly appreciated the invitation to focus my thinking on what I could give to others throughout our time together as I felt a more active role in the meetings and the resultant conversations always ended up benefitting me more than the value I was seeking to share. I look forward to the next N2N meeting!
Mark Schenk (Australia) [and Jon Gornstein (USA)]:
I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived at the Fort Canning Hotel in Singapore for my first experience of an N2N conference. It was December 2013, and not surprisingly the weather was warm and wet. Thankfully the beer was cold.
I met a bunch of people who were very generous with their time and knowledge. The event gave me confidence that our (Anecdote) business model was on the right track.
The event also contributed to one of our key strategies – expanding our network of partners for our signature program, Storytelling for Leaders. Over a beer (there’s a theme developing here) Hywel Thomas expressed interest and at his home in Brussels in early April 2014 we signed a partnership agreement and delivered the workshop for one of his big clients.
At the N2N conference I also met Jon Gornstein, President of Persona Global. Together with Mark Robillard, we quickly became known as the ‘Men in Black’. The photo below is self-explanatory. In the months following the N2N conference, Jon and I had many discussions about distributing the Storytelling for Leaders Program through Persona Global. In May 2014 we signed the distribution agreement and in September that year I was in Copenhagen to certify six Persona Global partners to deliver our storytelling program. It was the start of a valuable partnership, one that has grown each year since!
The tangible benefit from attending the N2N conference is obvious. But the thing I like most is the quality of the people. It’s been a pleasure working with Hywel and Jon and I’m looking forward to renewing acquaintances and meeting new people at the next get together.
Ken Everett (pan-Asia):
We’re sometimes asked, what are the benefits from N2N?
Good question, with many answers…because our situations are all different.
We moved the family to London in the freezing cold January of 1998. We were excited, and ready to ‘conquer Europe’. Bought a house, a car, found a school for our daughter, Mariko…and then flew back to Singapore to run a workshop….every 6 to 8 weeks!
After a year, I had lots of frequent flyer points, an unhappy daughter, and no local network. As for customers? Some London City types weren’t all that impressed with a foreigner, whose best reference accounts were Asian. New ideas are meant to flow the other way: to the colonies, not from them!
As a family we discussed going home to the warm weather. But one old friend said: “Keep doing what worked in the past.” When I thought about that, what had always worked were warm introductions from colleagues.
So, I asked all my N2N friends for help. An Australian, part of the de Bono network, introduced me to a de Bono distributor in London. Via them I met Ric White and two other distributors. Nineteen years later all are still Think on Your Feet® partners.
We stayed on, found Mariko a happier school, made great friends in France, Germany, Italy, Moscow, and more. Personally, our investment in UK real estate worked, which allowed us to buy our lovely little property in Italy.
Those N2N introductions changed our lives, literally.
In over 25 years of business we’ve introduced Think on Your Feet® to 30+ countries.
Of these, 60% were via introductions from N2N colleagues.
Does that answer the question about N2N benefits? Well, it does for me.
What’s your N2N story?