Overlooked Networking Opportunity – Volunteering!

There are so many different events out there, great causes, places to connect.  So many different choices and we’re always wondering, what’s going to really make the most impact?  It can often be near impossible to decide how to split our networking time most efficiently. Now, when you go to networking events, who do you remember the most?  The people sitting at your table, the couple people you spoke to briefly while grabbing your cup of coffee?  Perhaps.  But I bet you’d really remember the people working at the event – the lady that greeted you at the door, maybe the gentleman at the registration table, and of course the MC of the event.  Which is my point, a lot of the time our networking can be turbo-boosted by simply getting more involved.

There are times at networking events where I’ve felt not very memorable, coming a couple times and feeling like a new face each time.  Only upon getting more involved with the organizing committee, or the like, did I really start getting the “good to see you”‘s, or “how’s business going?”.  I was getting noticed!  It goes along the lines of “The more you put in, the more you get out.”

Another thing that’s great about it is that it can also be a great way to showcase your work, depending on what you do.  Are you a business coach?  Perhaps you can volunteer to lead table discussion exercises at an event.  Graphic Designer?  Maybe the group needs a refreshed brochure, or some sprucing up on their website.  There are lots of ways to help out almost any group if you ask, and then what you do will be showcased in front of everyone who attends!

So think about it the next time you head off to your regular networking event – how can you help pitch in?  Talk to one of those already volunteering and see how your expertise may be of use.

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