I’ve been a member of The Oxfordshire Project (TOP), a collaborative networking group that extends across Oxfordshire, for a little over a year now, and rate it as one of the best networking groups I’ve become involved with. It certainly inspires people, so that they’re achieving greater things in Oxfordshire.
TOP run meetings at attractive venues in Thame, Witney, Didcot, Abingdon, Bicester, Oxford Central, Banbury and Faringdon every month. There’s a lively talk by a TOP member at each meeting, helping listeners achieve greater things in business in Oxfordshire. I’ve learnt something useful from every talk I’ve heard so far.
Unlike some networking groups, there’s no pressure to provide referrals and the atmosphere is friendly, uplifting and collaborative. The TOP mission statement is ‘To support, connect and inspire great people so they achieve greater things’, and you do feel supported, connected and inspired. As a member, benefits include a complimentary mentoring session with a member of your choice (or with one that’s been recommended) and a coaching session with a member having expertise in an area you’d like help with.
In the spotlight!
A new initiative is the TOP Business Spotlight, and I was chosen as one of the first twenty businesses to be in the spotlight. You can read my spotlight feature here on Linked In. After having to think quite hard about some of the questions I was asked, I’m really pleased with it – it’s a great idea to help build awareness of your business, inspiring you to achieve greater things in Oxfordshire.
TOP say their members have a giver’s ethos based on ‘how can I help?’ rather than ‘what’s in it for me?’. In a world where, it seems, there’s a lot of focus on ‘me, me, me’ I find it refreshing to belong to an organisation that places emphasis on reaching out to others to improve business, personal life, and community at home and abroad.