Last Fall I began holding Diva Success Sisters Chapter Meetings here in Pensacola to meet and connect with some of my local Divas. They were totally informal, but a great time to just get together, network, and learn from one another. At the time, Elizabeth was working with me in the office and she invited her friend Patty to the meetings. Patty is with BeautiControl – a Tupperware owned beauty company with some of the most amazing skin care ever. Patty came to every meeting like clockwork, and the more time I spent with her – the more I liked her. So when she invited me to HER new networking meetings – RLI – I couldn't say no.
The Pensacola Dream Builders Chapter of RLI meets every Wednesday at 11:30 at Rodizio's Grill just of Gregory Street in downtown Pensacola. The meeting is supposed to be from 11:30-1:00, but it has been so crazy popular that most weeks it runs closer to 1:30. Lunch is either $10 flat or $20 flat – depending on if you want the meat service or not – and includes drink and gratuity. They even offer a plated pot roast which is about as close to whole30 compliant as you can get in a restaurant – so you know that made me happy. (Now if only I can stay away from the little cheesy bread bites…)
I invited my friend Amy to come with me to the first meeting. I wasn't sure what to expect – the last networking meeting I had been to was a stuffy snoozefest that I could not wait to get out of. To be honest I cringed at the very idea of going to a “networking” meeting that wasn't solely for direct sales. I have run in to so many people who scoff at direct sales as not being a respectable industry (they apparently like to overlook the over $30 BILLION dollars that are spent in the USA alone) that I was not looking forward to even answering the question “What do you do?” However, since Patty was in direct sales I decided to give it a chance to see what it was really about.
And I am so glad I did.
RLI is anything but a snoozefest. The energy in the room is palpable and the people are absolutely unmatched. Unlike other networking meetings I have attended, I was welcomed with open arms and immediately began connecting with the other members and chatting about business of all types – from merchant services to bakeries, catering companies to web development, life insurance to sugar waxing. (Yes, I'm serious… and yes there will be a blog post coming up on that soon.) Before the meeting even started I had already met and been inspired by fun and positive, successful people. I took my seat – realizing that very moment… I had found my tribe.
I joined that very day – excited to make connections with everyone in the group. (In fact, that day I received two referrals of people wanting to work together – before I was even officially a member!) Amy joined the second group – the Bay Area Referral Network or “BARN” that had to split off from the “PEN” because of how popular it's gotten… we have outgrown the room! Plus, with RLI there is only one member seat per industry – so you have no competition in your group. In fact, there is even a third group starting soon – that is how fast RLI is growing in Pensacola!
But the weekly meetings aren't all there is to RLI. The Pensacola Dream Builders is the largest and fastest growing chapter of RLI – because we have extended it out way beyond meeting one time a week. In fact, when it comes time to discuss the week, every single person stands to talk about who they have met with, who they have done business with, and how their referrals are going. In addition you will hear stories of “painting parties” to help members move in to their new offices, “Sweets Socials” for May The Fourth (complete with costumes of course) and even drive in movie socials that get the whole family involved. RLI isn't just about referrals – although that is the focus – it is also about surrounding yourself with the most wonderful, supportive, and uplifting people around. RLI is a family.
If you are looking to get involved in a networking group in Pensacola – or even just looking to find a new tribe of encouraging, successful people, I invite you to join me on Wednesday at Rodizio's. I guarantee you will laugh, be inspired, and leave fired up about your business! And be sure to check out the main Referral Leaders website to learn all about the awesome benefits of being an RLI member.