Networking can be a powerful tool for building relationships and advancing your career in our industry. Here are a few tips for networking effectively:
Identify your goals: Before you start networking, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you hope to achieve through your efforts. Are you trying to build relationships with potential clients, or simply looking to expand your knowledge and learn from others in your industry? Knowing your goals will help you to focus your networking efforts and make the most of your time.
Attend industry events: Industry events, such as conferences, trade shows, and networking events, can be great places to meet new people and make connections. Look for events that are relevant to your industry and make an effort to attend and participate.
Use social media: Social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, IG, Tik Tok, can be powerful tools for networking. Use these platforms to connect with others in your industry, share your knowledge and expertise, and stay up to date on industry news and trends.
Follow up: After making a connection with someone, be sure to follow up with them to continue the conversation and build the relationship. This could involve sending a DM or message, email, or even arranging a phone call or meeting.
Be proactive: Don’t wait for networking opportunities to come to you – be proactive and seek out ways to connect with others in your industry. This could involve reaching out to people you admire or respect, or joining a professional group or association.
Join a professional group or association: This one you have already done so kudos!! – Join a professional group or association: Joining a professional group or association can provide a wealth of networking opportunities, as well as access to valuable resources and information.
Volunteer: Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people and make connections in your industry, while also giving back to your community.
Offer your expertise: Sharing your knowledge and expertise with others can be a great way to make new connections and establish yourself as an expert in your field.
Network outside of your industry: Networking doesn’t have to be limited to your own industry – consider connecting with people in related fields or industries, as well.
Be genuine and authentic: Above all, be genuine and authentic in your networking efforts. People are more likely to respond positively to genuine connections and interest, rather than simply trying to use them for your own gain.
Now get out there and network with your fellow members and others in our industry! I know you will build a great community
Brian Green | Chairman of the Board