I don’t know about you, but I’m really big on giving back. In my career as a professional speaker and author there have been many people who have helped me along the way. As a result, I’ve been on a mission to do my best to live up to my purpose in life: “Helping others, help themselves!”
When I network, I look for a group that is involved in activities that supports the community in which they thrive. They huddle, then come up with ideas that can make a difference in the cities where they live. Or they rally around and support projects already underway in their community and offer group assistance.
In my many years (not saying how many) I have enjoyed the many blessings of sharing and giving to others. I have built my business through networking and over the years I have discovered what works and what doesn’t. Giving back to the community works!
Community is not just a buzzword. It should mean something to you. First of all, there are the people in your networking group. They are your community. That is where your giving should begin. Every member must be dedicated to helping each other succeed.
Give what you know about networking to those in your group. Give tips, information, advice, business referrals. Give the gift of yourself. Share your expertise. This could be a special project, a service, time spent together, and more. You and your network will benefit through others’ thoughts, opinions and feedback. Always give without expecting anything in return – it will come back multiplied! That’s the key. If you “give” because you want to “get” referrals, you are simply “bartering.” To give, you must act without the expectation of recognition or reciprocity.
Most of us know that what you put out to the Universe always comes back to you. You do people in your network a disservice by not giving them the gift of giving. Giving is much more than an obligation. It is an opportunity to contribute to someone else.
“The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.” – Lynn Johnston
Second, I look for a group who uses their networking brand to identify itself with the community, town, city, etc. It’s time that we take our community – the one we network in – seriously. Give! Give! Give! It’s the human connection with it that serves the community and you. Promoting business in the community takes a stand for responsible business relationships with each other. It can help transform our communities by stimulating growth to help make them better places to work and live.
If your networking group is a hotbed of entrepreneurial talent then put it to use. Design a project for your community that everyone can support, promote it and your group and watch the results begin to show. Be creative. Make sure it delivers. Challenge others to “Be The Change You Wish To See In The World!”
“It is more blessed to give than to receive!” – Acts 20:35 Many of us still have a hard time with that one. Giving generously is a win-win-win proposition.
I wish for you a networking group that has participants who are committed to giving to each other and your community!
BONUS Article: Does Your Networking Group Have a “Community” Presence?
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