One of the best ways to network is by becoming involved in your community. So, where do you start?
First, establish a reputation as a trustworthy member of the community. Your reputation is important for many reasons, including the fact that people prefer to work with companies and individuals they can trust. They’re more likely to trust someone they know – someone from their own community.
Introduce yourself, find out about them and their businesses, and get their contact information (or business card). Find out if there are ways you can work together to bring more business to the area.
Find a group you’re interested in and volunteer your time. Donate your expertise, or even just a helping hand, to an event or project. Join the board or sit on a committee that’s planning a project or event.
Don’t join a group if you’re not interested. Don’t feel obligated to sign up for multiple volunteering opportunities.
It’s a good way to demonstrate that you’re truly interested and can be trusted to follow through on your commitment.
There may be networking opportunities that others haven’t thought of and that will work well for you.
People are more receptive if you’re genuine and don’t try to be someone or something you’re not.