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Grubwithus: network offline, improve your referrals

Spending time offline with new people can be a challenge, but GrubWithUs makes it a reality, passively improving your referral network.

Social networking over food

Who doesn’t love furthering relationships and establishing new ones over great food? Grubwithus provides you with the technology to connect you with potential friends and business associates and connect you with fantastic local restaurants that you may have never known existed.

Because delicious food has a way of bringing people together, the first step to using Grubwithus is to pick the meal you want to eat. You can choose one off of a list or you can even create your own preferred meal. Or, if you want to live on the more adventurous side of life, you can just pick a date for your meal and Grubwithus will do the rest, meaning picking the menu, that that will be eating with you, and the fixed price for your meal.

Digital media has impacted offline relationships

With the surge of online interaction, in-person relationships have suffered. And even though online communication is important and has a place in enhancing personal and professional relationships, face-to-face contact can bring a whole new dimension to any relationship. Think of it this way – the more people you meet, the more business referrals you can give and receive, providing you the opportunity to expand your business naturally.

Using Grubwithus to meet new people and potential business referrals is a great, passive way to talk to others about your business and yourself. It’s important not to use Grubwithus solely as a means to aggressively market yourself and your brand. That’s not really what it’s all about. It’s about connecting with people in your area while you share great food and even greater conversation. Naturally, most conversations will gravitate toward employment, passions, and interests. You will have the opportunity to discuss what you do. And when that chance occurs, be ready with a few business cards.

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Be patient, keep growing

If the conversation doesn’t go to employment immediately, just enjoy the group you’re eating with. Chances are you’ll want to reconnect with them and continue building a relationship, whether it’s professional or personal. And conversations in the future will undoubtedly lead toward you introducing what you do and your professional goals and perspectives.

Grubwithus is a conveniently passive way to gather referrals and add to your client list. But it’s also about unplugging for a few hours and reconnecting with your local community while supporting local restaurants. Relationships are created through active conversation and they’re expanded over casually meeting over fantastic food. Get out of your comfort zone this week and meet some new friends; it will increase both your personal and professional fulfillment.

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The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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