What does my Annual Membership cost get me?
Category Exclusivity. You will have “ownership” of a specific treatment category (e.g. Nutritionist) related to your specialty and geographic area. This is designed to eliminate competition and promote a spirit of collaboration among network members.
Quarterly Networking Meetings.Integrative Change organizes a professional networking event as an opportunity to meet other members, cultivate professional relationships and give/receive referrals. These dates are set for the year so you can plan accordingly.
Diversified Referral Sources. As a member you greatly expand your sources of referrals, both direct patient referrals and Strategic referrals. You gain access to an exclusive network of health professionals who are committed to helping your practice grow.
Professional Development Tools & Resources. You will learn networking and professional development tools. You will also receive a complementary 360 Business Assessment including two hours of Business Coaching/year as part of your membership.
How many referrals will I get when I join?
We cannot predict how many referrals you will receive–this depends on many variables including your participation, how much you help others and your modality. Most importantly, this is about having the right mindset: if you join IC with the goal of building relationships with other practitioners, then giving/receiving referrals, sharing resources will naturally occur. Like all networking groups, what you receive from the Network depends on what you put into it. Unlike some networking groups, IC does not track referrals given/received; we leave this up to the individual member, also allowing us to keep the membership fees more affordable.
Am I required to attend all the meetings?
We do not require that you attend all meetings, however in order to maintain consistency and visibility to other members it is strongly encouraged that you not only attend meetings but schedule 1:1 meetings with all members. If you cannot attend, you are expected to send a substitute (a colleague, office manager, etc.).
How do I choose a category especially if I treat many issues in my practice?
The idea is to choose a category based on the “sweet spot” in your practice. In other words, what issue are you really good at treating? The idea is for you to revolve your marketing efforts around this core strength. This way people are more likely to remember what you do and typically you will attract other types of clients/cases as well (this is called the “halo effect”).
How is the Integrative Change Network different than other networking or professional organizations?
Professional Development. Professional organizations related to your field or specific license involve meeting with other similar professionals for training or clinical purposes. IC is unique in that it focuses on helping you become a better business person and thus, grow your practice. It gives you the opportunity to network with professionals across a spectrum of health disciplines in a way that you actually stand out as a specialist in a non-competitive manner.
Cost. Integrative Change is less expensive than other networking organizations. Most professional networking organizations will cost between $1000-2000/year. Our membership fee is an annual flat rate with no monthly or application fees. Members pay for their own lunch at a venue with whom we have negotiated a reasonable rate.
Business Coaching & Resources. IC membership includes 2 hours of business Coaching a year, a 360 Business Assessment designed just for health professionals and practice building resources not found in other networking organizations.
Rigorous Application Process. We carefully vet our applicants whereas other networking organizations typically do not. IC Members have a clinical expertise, value community and relationships and are extremely professional.
Like-Minded Professionals. One of the most common, and exhausting, struggles for health professionals in attending local business networking organizations is the lack of education, understanding and even resistance people can have to receiving health services. Integrative Change is an instant community of like-minded health practitioners who already understand the value of your services; this makes it much easier to build lasting relationships and therefore give and receive referrals.
What is “Helper’s Reward”?
This is the concept that the more you give you the more you receive. This is true in all of life and is a Core Value of Integrative Change. You may benefit in ways that you never expected. “Helper’s Reward” is a long-term strategy of cultivating trusting professional relationships and a way of life, not a way to make a “quick buck”.
What can I expect at the meetings?
IC meetings include a combination of: open networking, facilitated member “commercials” in which you discuss your services, in-depth member presentations and networking/professional education.
When and how often are the meetings held?
The IC NYC chapter will hold quarterly meetings. You are welcome to attend any IC meeting! The dates are set for the entire year so you can prioritize them. Each meeting is facilitated by the Chapter Director and is a professional luncheon in a private dining room. Each member has an opportunity to discuss their services, promote their practice and network with other professionals.
Can I visit a meeting before I apply to the Network?
Visitors are allowed to visit one meeting (including the Open House) before applying for membership. Keep in mind that applications are treated on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. It is recommended that you apply as quickly as possible so as not to lose the category you want to represent. If you are planning to visit a meeting, promote yourself and take contacts without a genuine interest in membership–then please do not attend the meetings. You will simply not be a fit for our Network.