Frequently Asked Questions
Please find below some of the most frequently asked questions put to us. If your question isn’t there please contact us and ask.
1. How do I join?
The Yorkshire Mafia is based on LinkedIn.
Apply to join here
Please note: There’s no guarantee of acceptance. We screen membership on a wide range of factors (with industry/sector over-representation being the most common).
2. Membership: why has my application been rejected?
We take the group’s value proposition very seriously.
There’s a reason why we’ve grown from zero to several thousand screened members since November 2008. People want to be part of something selective that not only is a great business tool but is also a force for good in the local community.
Everyone who is declined receives a note outlining the majority of applicable reasons. We’re open to being “wrong” and we’re open to being petitioned.
3. How often, when and where do members meet up?
All the Yorkshire Mafia events (from monthly drinks evenings, supper clubs, business breakfasts, golf days etc.) are all listed on our Events Page
We meet increasingly regularly offline in various guises and sizes and we inform members of these events via “announcements” from the group via LinkedIn (never more than once a week). Please leave your group settings to allow you to receive these.
4. Are there any rules?
Guidelines and rules are posted for all to see.
- Be a nice guy not a wise guy (or girl).
- Listen more than you talk.
- Don’t “sell” – it’s okay to talk passionately about your own business but remember that you’re talking to a person. Overt selling is not the our style. Don’t be pushy.
- Generally, it’s okay to join a group of people who are already talking – they will make you feel welcome but don’t interrupt a small group (2 or 3) that seems quite focused. Use your judgement.
- If you see someone on their own then introduce yourself – some people need more help than others and networking can seem daunting at first.
- If you see someone you know – say “Hi” and move on – go find someone new to talk to.
- Be of value – it’s not all about you – we’re here for mutual long term value. How can you help your fellow members?
- Before you attend… know why you’re going and what a good outcome looks like
- Dress to impress – first impressions matter
- Follow up – contact the people you meet and complete any actions that were set
5. What do I do once I get in?
The group is action-oriented – please get stuck in and be active and involved where you can. We’ve plenty of things going on throughout the year.
It can seem daunting to get involved in an online discussion so best to just jump in and contribute where you have something to say. We’re a friendly group and the board is well-moderated.