Today we are living in a very fortunate time in the evolution of technology. We can reach to anyone on this planet via a multitude of instantaneous systems, email. Twitter, IM, phone. And thanks to search engines and networks like LinkedIn, or Facebook, finding liked minded people has never been easier, yet many of us are not taking advantage of this opportunity and still think we have an excuse to feel alone.
Remember, A fairy's most important job is to bestow miraculous gifts for friendships and in today’s world, your business must do the same in order to stand out amongst the competition.
SO, WHY IS NETWORKING AND CONNECTING WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE IMPORTANT?
Connecting with new people can help you get more out of life. You’ll have more support systems who know what you’re going through and can share your trials and victories with you. Surrounding yourself with others who want to see you doing well can be a great motivator.
How do I find my tribe?
1.) Networking Events – These events give you a chance to relax and socialize for a few hours, either with food or drink! And better still, it counts as work! You get a chance to market your personal brand and your business, the best of both worlds. All while creating connections that last a lifetime. You can find your local networking events on websites like Eventbrite, Meetup.com, Facebook Events, and having conversations with other local business owners.
2.) Spend time on Social Media – Social Media is social networking on steroids! Another benefit of social networking is by sharing or creating relevant articles that your audience would find informative. Also, make sure to join in discussions and answer or ask questions. Not only does this make you a member of a community, but it also can also help establish you as an authority figure in your field.
3.) Support a cause – If you like to volunteer your time, there are always non-profit organizations that are in need of your help. These events present several opportunities to spend time with other like-minded individuals just like you.
Homework! Find one event you want to attend in your area, and go to It! The next week, check out a different one! Breaking it down into tiny steps will ensure you get out and start networking and building your personal brand! Come back here and tell us how your events went, who you connected with, and how you feel!