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“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” ~~Napoleon Bonaparte

Do you remember the VCP model? Visibility is the first component to networking success and gaining visibility is the theme of this week’s post.

One way to increase visibility in a non-sales way is to volunteer. Find a cause that resonates with you. The key is to get involved. That is, be prepared to apply some of your limited time helping the organization motivate its members and meet its mission.

People do business with those they know, like, and trust. Volunteering is a way to expand on that. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. This week’s exercise—once begun—goes a long way towards demonstrating that.

Here is a five-action plan:

  1. Consider what matters to you. Answer these questions:
    1. What do you enjoy doing for yourself in your spare time?
    2. What hobbies do you enjoy?
    3. What sports do you know well enough to teach?
    4. What brings you joy, satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment?
    5. What social, political, or health issue are you passionate about due to personal experience in you, your family, or friends?
  2. Find three organizations that address these areas and interest you. Choose the one that most appeals to you and research that group online.
  3. Once you find a crowd that aligns with your personal goals visit them in person.
  4. If that visit was unsatisfying, return to step 2 (maybe step 1) and find another candidate. If it was satisfying then consider if you want to commit your time and effort.
  5. If so, identify three members in the group to interview and assure you of the decision. I recommend three different tenures:
    1. Brand new: When you join you can get involved together
    2. Seasoned: Two or three years vested
    3. Mature: Someone with five or more years

 This process will, hopefully, be followed up by your involvement and leadership. The world can always use another pair of helping hands.

 © 2017 by Stephen Hand of Triangle BNI.
All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of Stephen Hand of Triangle BNI.
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Written by bniguy

April 30, 2017 at 10:50 am

Posted in HowTo, volunteer

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