When I started my online business in the Fall of 2008, I did not have a large network in the business community. After walking away from Corporate America I launched a Customer Service company which I worked exclusively from home.
I wondered how to get the news about my online business out to my local community. A few months later I was invited to a Business Network International (BNI) meeting and began to see the opportunities for expanding my online business by networking offline.
Later on I joined two Chambers of Commerce and my business, as well as contacts, continued to grow. In addition, my reputation for teaching social media, and customer service and retention began to grow so that people joined local and online workshops I hosted.
Eventually my own Meetup Group was formed and 95% of the participants in the first online four-week LinkedIn training I held came from this group, as well as members of other groups I attended offline.
Are offline groups the only networking groups you can engage in?
Happily, the answer is, No.
Groups on social media platforms, like Facebook and LinkedIn are great places to be when you find those with members who align with your purpose and goals.
There are also industry specific forums that you can explore.
Finally there are many online networking groups that meet online on a regular basis.
Because of how valuable I’ve found online and offline networking to be, I want to share that information with you so that you can experience the same success.
In the Guide: Power Networking – How to Build Strong Business and Professional Relationships, you will discover: