Part of growing your business is growing the network of people you know and work with.
You can socially network with others in your trade or profession as well as networking with clients and potential customers. Sometimes one sort of relationship (social) leads to another (business), but don’t push your business/sales – focus on building relationships. The important thing at social meetings is to be yourself; friendly, helpful, and fun. Don’t try to create an image to impress others; let your own qualities shine.
Find organizations in your local area that you are interested in.
Visit their meetings. Get involved with the groups you enjoy. (If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, it will just stress you and your unhappiness will be obvious to others.)
For example, we enjoy going to the Jacksonville Online Marketing Meetups with our son Kenny Harper. The JOMM meets at various business locations in Jacksonville, such as CoWork Jax and Discover Tec. Our group meets on a monthly basis; a gathering of people interested in marketing and advertising, small business owners, entrepreneurs, web designers, website search engine optimizers, graphic designers, and others just interested in finding out more about marketing and advertising online. We enjoy the positive, sharing atmosphere of the meetings. The group has evolved from the Jacksonville Search Engine Optimization Meetup, which shared many similar interests, and which was founded by Michelle Chance-Sangthong.
Try this out yourself.
Think about some groups that you’d like to find out more about. Go visit them and get to know them. Start building your network!