Who would be on your perfect Network Table?

Table Planning your dream Network table

Often when we are planning for our Business Networking events in Chester, we get excited at the potential connections we can broker for our Members and visitors.

Every month gives us a chance to ensure that our members, not only enjoy the company at their table, but also make connections with people that can help them – either as

  • High quality suppliers
  • High quality referral partners
  • High quality potential customers – who we know need their services and have come to “Window shop” from afar.
  • High quality collaborators – to enable them to meet broader range of customers, or larger customers who need additional skills/scale.

(We have also been asked to match people based on future life partners – but that is a whole other blog post!)

So – it got me thinking – if I could sit with anyone – who would I ask to sit with?

Well I have a broad eclectic diverse interest in lots of areas. I think its that passion to seek out great diversity,  and my thirst for knowledge, and excitement about meeting new people from ALL walks of life to make meaningful connections that makes us as successful as we are.

So in building my ideal lunch table I thought I’d share who I’d like to meet and why – and I’d love to hear yours!

My ideal Network table!

Adam Grant

Adam is an American psychologist and author who is currently a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania specialising in organisational psychology. His Book “Give and Take” is a research based, work that highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. After reading it – it was like – yep thats exactly how I want my network to be. Worth a read!

Alex Honnold

Alex is an American rock climber best known for his free solo ascents of big walls. He is the only person to free solo El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. I came across Alex probably about 7 or 8 years ago as the family and I would go and watch the Banff Mountain Film festival tour.

The festival draws some of the world’s best filmmakers and accomplished outdoor heroes to celebrate adventure, the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors through film.

Through discovering Alex and others through this annual pilgrimage we learnt what dedication, absolute focus, bravery, and incredible hard work and a rejection of the “usual path” can allow an individual to flourish and achieve exceptional things – whilst doing good for others.


J.K Rowling

Who does not know this writer of the Harry Potter books? The most fascinating part of J.K Rowling is not just about her struggle and her “Why” for writing her fantastic books, but also understanding the process of how she created them. This was recently brought to life at an Exhibition at the British Library. The meticulous research, weaving or fact and fiction, folklore and fantasy is what has made these books so unforgettable. At its core like all great books its a battle between good and evil – and at our network – we are definitely on the side of Good!


Rosa Parks

As you will know Rosa Parks was a solitary person that said NO. Said No to discrimination, segregation and stood for what she believed in. Known to be a natural introvert her peaceful protest unleashed a sea change that – although by no means complete – set the tone for change through the 20th century. For me – she epitomises that the quiet voices, the introverts – should be listened to: should be given space and support and “air time” as they more often that not – have the best ideas, will collaborate, listen and create better solutions for all. There is a fabulous book I am ploughing through currently Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, which is REALLY interesting and will help me fine tune further our table planning and connecting at our network events.


Grace Hopper

Finally Grace Hopper – I love a pioneer! Grace was  was an American  computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral.

As one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first linkers. She popularised the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, an early high-level programming language still in use today.

Not only was she at the forefront of this brave new world of computing, in what would have been a massively male dominated world – one of her guiding beliefs was this

“The most important thing I’ve accomplished, other than building the compiler,” she said, “is training young people.” They come to me, you know, and say, ‘Do you think we can do this?’ I say, ‘Try it.’ And I back ’em up. They need that. I keep track of them as they get older and I stir ’em up at intervals so they don’t forget to take chances”

And that for me is alot about what we do at The Business network – we help people take chances. We build people up – we even train people to be better networkers – because when we do that, the Businesses in the local area will thrive, prosper and Grow.

So who is on your ideal Business Networking table?

So – it was tough building this list as there could have been so many other people i could have added – but that is the beauty of our imagination and our own thoughts – we can create whatever connections we want – when we apply time, thought and focus to it.

So real or imaginary – who would you like to be meeting? Who would be on your real Business Network table? Who would grace your imaginary table? Please let us know!

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