1. Host your own events, teach a class, offer a free workshop-invite people out.
By doing this you are able to introduce yourself to the people you want to know. Pick a subject that you know well and is of interest to your targeted audience, and offer a free class at the local library or coffee shop. (I picked these locations because they are free, so you don’t waste money if you have a low turnout.)
2. Join organizations, get a paid membership.
This will put in direct contact with like-minded people. A word of caution research your organization,visit a few events as a guest before joining to be sure this is a good fit. By joining paid organizations, you surround yourself with people who are serious enough to invest in themselves. These are people who see the value in learning and growth. They are most likely looking to get ahead.
3. Get social, use the internet to meet potential allies. Sites, such as Meet-up and Linkedin have been great!
4. Talk to people in the places you frequent, you never know who knows who, or who knows what.
These strategies worked for me. I have done each and every one and have seen great success. In the two years I have been in this town, I have been able to go from an unknown to speaking at the Mayor’s conference. This has all been possible because the network of people around me.
Who’s in your circle?
LaTasha West is the CEO of West International Business Solutions LLC. She is a certified Small Business Development Coach, a passionate speaker, the founder of The Next 100 Project, co-author of The Entrepreneur Within You 3 (book) and creator of the First Impressions Customer Service and Soft Skills training program. Known as an innovative and creative business strategist, she has helped numerous small businesses expand their playing field.
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