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May Schmooze eNews
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ACT: The May Schmooze
Wednesday 29 May at 1730-1930
Frequently Asked Question
How do I join?
Just complete the online form you create your entry for online member database and log-in. Then you pay your membership fee and we'll then contact you with confirmation via email.
Your membership will start and be granted access to the resources in the Members Lounge area of the site once your membership fee is paid.
One of our team is also available to meet with you and advise you on which membership package is best for you, and suggest ways to get the most from your membership at any time
Can I try Schmooze first?
Absolutely- we often suggest this for the last thing we want are people who join then don't get any value from it.
You can purchase Guest Passes (value $55 each) to our events (except for member-only events. One of our Members Relations Managers will contact you after the event and see if you want to sign up and answer any questions you may have.
If you are attending a Schmooze event for the first time, please let us know and we'll introduce you around to ensure you feel welcome.
What's your typical member like?
The majority of our members are in the 40's to 50's and either own their own company or a manager with a national company. The other 20% come from non-profit sector, government or young professionals.
We bring together a very wide cross section of professions ranging from restauranteurs to film makers to lawyers and consultants, making for a unique range of possible contacts and viewpoints.
Can I advertise my events or services or be a guest speaker at one of our events?
You need to be a member to advertise via Schmooze or be a guest speaker.
We only use our own members as speakers at our seminars or workshops to enable them to share their expertise.
Likewise, only members (except social members) can advertise through our enews, website and social media.
What happens if I don’t like it?
If you are unsatisfied with your experience within 30 days of joining, we will refund you on a pro rata basis, no questions asked.
Why can't BNI members join or attend Schmooze?
Alas over the years we found the approach to networking of our two groups to be mutually incompatible. We understand that many people get value from their membership of BNI and think each member should make a call on what model works best for their business.
Previously, after many complaints from members and guests on the way some BNI members were behaving (including breaching our Policies), we asked those individuals to leave (with a pro rata refund). When we were persuaded afterwards to bend the rules by those claiming to be unhappy BNI members, we had similar unhappy results, and so now no longer do not accept BNI members at our events.
We have a duty of care to both preserve the culture of our community, and the comfort level for our members and guests who didn't appreciate the hard sell/ commercial referral approach that BNI emphaises.
In fact, we attract many members because of this policy and so whilst many individuals who are members of BNI are lovely people and genuine in their business relationships, we've found that oil and water in this case does not mix. Sorry!
Can I take my membership with me if I change jobs?
If you paid for it, absolutely. If your company paid for it, then the membership stays with them and they appoint a replacement(s).
How can I promote my expertise or business?
You need to be a Professional, Associate or Young Professional member of Schmooze to do so, but you can advertise your events or expertise to the network via the website and our enews for free. We'll also support your business through our social media channels, so if you've something going on you want to advertise we'll help!
Or you can host or sponsor an event, or be a presenter at a professional development workshop, or contribute articles to the website. In addition, members can extend special offers or exclusive services to the network. Professional and Young Professional members can also get referrals and business leads via Schmooze as they arise.
Schmooze also promotes member events, news and blogs etc via our social media, eNews and website.
Our team is available to meet with you to provide advice on how best to introduce your expertise to our members and guests.
If new staff join my company can they be members?
The Professional and Associate packages cover full-time staff of the same company from a particular office. Each Package can be shared by up to five staff, and as new staff come on board they can become members automatically- just let us know.
If you're already a member in one location, then your sister offices can join at the special Associate package rate.
For details of inclusions, please see this page.
What about colleagues in offices interstate?
As Schmooze expands to other locations, our program is open to all our members. So if your company has an office in Melbourne are are members already- that can come along to our Canberra events under their membership, and vice versa.
Additional locations for organisations already members can join at the reduced Associate member rate.
Is this a hard sell / referral business network?
No. Whilst we just take it as read that everyone who joins is interested in furthering their business and professional goals, we keep the tone light and welcoming. Schmooze designs its programs in response to the interests and expectations of its members to ensure they get the maximum benefit.
At all times the staff at Schmooze strive to deliver first class networking events in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Just because we want our members to enjoy themselves doesn’t mean we aren’t serious about the outcomes or the service!
Why the name Schmooze?
To schmooze someone means to sweet talk them into getting what you want. So for those in PR, sales and marketing it’s a bit of in-house joke. It is also intended to be a little cheeky so that people approach the network with an open mind and more relaxed than a more formal approach. We aim to foster the conditions for great networking, and to do that you have to be relaxed.
What are your events like?
We believe in quality not quantity at our events. We’d rather 20 great contacts rather than 80 people in the room for the sake of it. Our professional development and member dinners attract 12-30 participants with the seating arrangements carefully considered to maximise the networking potential.
We choose the best venues and aim for a comfortable environment with premium quality food and wine.
You can view some footage of our events on our YouTube channel
Who’s behind Schmooze?
Schmooze was founded in 2003 by Phillip Jones with the aim of developing a network based on collaboration, openness and delivered with style. Phillip owns the company and is assisted by a great team in Melbourne and Canberra with other locations to follow.
All members receive virtual Guest Passes when they join which can be used to bring colleagues or friends WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A SCHMOOZE EVENT BEFORE to a Schmooze hosted event for free!
For example, six months membership comes with one Pass and 12 months, 2 Passes. Each Guest Pass is worth $65 inl GST.
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