We all know that networking is vital to any business but did you know that it is even more important to network with people outside of your industry? Expanding your networking to professionals in different industries opens up a new world of knowledge and insight that you might not otherwise get. These professionals might have insight on things you are currently experiencing in your work, or may experience in the future. We recommend having monthly roundtables with professionals from different industries and here’s why:
Share Your Successes
It can be hard to share successes with professionals in the same field as you because of jealousy or competition. If you share your professional journey with an expert in a different field, they can understand and relate to your happiness. When you collaborate with other professionals, you create a professional relationship centered around supporting one another and celebrating when success arises.
Collaborate on New Ideas
Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to shed new light on a project or idea. It’s easy to get so stuck in your own industry that you aren’t able to see the overall impact of a new idea. Someone in a different professional field can offer the fresh perspective you need to fully develop your new idea (better yet, maybe they have an idea you’ve never even thought of!).
Give Referrals to Other Industries
By meeting experts in different fields, you can learn more about what they do and maybe even refer their services to your friends and families. Networking referrals don’t work very well when you only know professionals in your field because you don’t want to refer someone to your competition. By meeting experts in other industries, you can have a more rounded and holistic referral group and get more referrals in return.
Getting insight from a mastermind of professionals in other industries by sharing in monthly roundtables is a great way to expand your knowledge and enhance what you can offer to your clients. Do these work for you? Have any experience in peer groups, masterminds or roundtables? Tell us how they helped you #BeAwesome with your work!
Maybe you’re not the “techy” type but whether you like it or not, social media is here to stay. Lots of people avoid social media platforms because they feel intimidating or people are uncomfortable with the amount of information that can be shared. As scary and intimidating as social media can be, nearly 81% of the U.S. population is on a social media platform. If you’re not on any social media platform, you are missing out on millions of connections and potentially important information. Your business can benefit immensely from being on a social media platform because there are so many people you can reach out to and find that you wouldn’t be able to access through any other marketing platform. Social Media is scary, but we have created a guide to getting comfortable with social media, so read on and feel the fears melt away.
Find a social media account that you like
The best way to get comfortable with something is to spend some time with it. Find a social media account that you like and take note of the things you like about it. Perhaps you like the curated content or their unique hashtag campaigns. Find what you like about certain social media accounts and create a goal for how you’d like your future accounts to look like.
Find other people who are equally as uncomfortable as you
Talk to your friends about social media and you might discover that they felt intimidated by it at first. Your friends could give you some insight as to how they were able to become more comfortable with social media and what they enjoy about it now. Know that you are not alone in feeling uncomfortable with social media and others have felt that way too and we able to move past that.
Find a class, webinar, or online program about social media
Online courses will help guide you through every step of starting and managing a social media account to make it seem less scary. We offer an online program called Social Power Program where we teach other people who are uncomfortable with social media, the skills to succeed. Through the Social Power Program you will be able to learn the fundamentals of social media, how to build better brand engagement, how to enhance your visitors experience, and how to grow your business using social media strategies.
Social media can be really intimidating when you are starting from scratch, but know that you are not alone and once you’re comfortable, you might even enjoy it! Just another way to #BeAwesome with your business!
In the spirit of the Back To School time of year, we realized that you are never too old to learn something new. Our kids shouldn’t be the only ones continuing their education this Fall. So pick up some extra school supplies because we are going to list the 5 reasons you should open yourself up to learning new things!
You Will Live Longer
In a study done by Reader’s Digest, professionals found that people who read more for 30 minutes a day for years would on average live two years longer than those who didn’t read at all. Instead of watching tv at night, try to pick up a book, you might just live longer!
You Will Get Better Job Offers
By continuing to learn everyday, you are guaranteed to increase your knowledge, literacy, and understanding of new innovations. These skills will show in job interviews and you are more likely to get the job you want than someone who’s brain power has been stagnant since grade school. If you are a small business owners, those offers could look like speaking engagements or opportunities to spread your message to a wider audience.
You Will Win Family Arguments
There is little that is more satisfying than the silence that follow’s a relative’s inability to retort an intellectual conversation at the dinner table. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it might be time for you to work out your brain for any potential family arguments.
You Will Find New Talents
When you spend the time to learn a new task, you may find that you have a knack for it. Don’t avoid learning a new skill just because you don’t think you have the time for it or you think you’re too old to learn. Instead rent out a book from the library or take a class on a skill you’ve never tried.
You Will Make New Friends
You might not be convinced but there are other people out there in the same position as you! You may meet someone new in a class or connect with someone online who is also trying to learn something new. Or you could learn a new language and find yourself meeting people from all over the globe! The possibilities are endless!
Being an adult is no longer an excuse; there is so much value to learning something new even when you are no longer in school. So pick up a book, sign up for a class, or join an online forum and start learning! Can’t wait to see your AWESOME!