In today's interconnected and ever expanding world, it is imperative for professionals to regularly meet with peers and industry professionals to network and share experiences & knowledge. Such regular meetups can be beneficial for both career and personal development and can help you stay on top of what's happening in your industry. Read on to find out how.
The Networking Angle
Professional meetups allow for a congregation of intelligent, like-minded professionals that are immersed in the inner workings of the industry to gather and provide participants with access to a variety of opinions and ideas.
Another advantage of the group meeting format is the possibility that you might link up with advisors that offer different types of services. This will allow you to both learn from your peers, and perhaps set up some sort of a mutual referral system. Both options are a great way to boost your business.
A professional meetup is that in some cases also helps you emerge as a community leader. This can enable you to educate people, as well as develop relationships with potential clients that could mature at some point down the road. In any case, this type of publicity and willingness to educate and interact with the public could help you familiarize the community with your name.
Getting the Most Out of an Organization
Simply being a card-carrying member of an organization doesn't necessarily mean that you are a productive member. In order to develop your knowledge base, establish new friendships and hone your salesmanship skills, you must attend meetups regularly. Even start one yourself.
Starting the Right Meetup
Before starting a Meetup group, you should determine what you hope to get out of the experience. If you are looking to exchange ideas on an ongoing basis with other advisors in your area, or within a tight radius of where you work, consider a more local organization. Your local newspaper or the web may help you in your search.
Also, make sure that you have some time to devote to your Professional Meetup Group. Your membership may not be of benefit to you if you are too busy to attend meetups regularly and interact with other members and the general public.
Lastly, consider using your membership in a Meetup group to provide you with access to other clubs and organizations.
The Bottom Line
Starting a Professional Meetup Group requires some dedication, but your involvement will help you to stay on top of what's happening in your chosen interest area. It may also help to inspire ideas that in turn could grow your own business.
We - at CREX - help professionals and organizations organize high impact focused Professional Meetups.