Networking is a powerful tool that can greatly expand the reach of your message and your brand. It allows you to connect with like-minded individuals, share knowledge and resources, and open doors to new opportunities, but it can also be daunting task—and it’s easy to get lost in the statistics, comments, and numbers. On the other side of business or goal-driven networking though, there’s community—a real, genuine community of people who care about what you have to say, who want to support your endeavors, and who can benefit from what you have to offer.
Importance of Building Community
Building a community allows you to connect and collaborate with others who share similar interests and goals. We all have our own talents and callings; imagine what can happen when we use those talents in support of others in our communities.
By focusing on developing genuine community, you are also building a support system full of mentors who can offer guidance, advice, and valuable insights based on their experiences and expertise. Engaging with a diverse network exposes you to different perspectives, ideas, and knowledge. It provides opportunities to learn more, to share what you know, and to help you stay up to date with industry trends and best practices.
Opportunities for growth, collaboration, support, and learning are endless when your community is full of like-minded people with similar goals, vision, and challenges! To tap into the strengths of your network and community, all you have to do . . . is ask!
Tips for a Good Pitch
When crafting your pitch or outreach to potential connections, whether it’s to introduce yourself or to collaborate, consider the following:
- Be Specific: Clearly explain the problem you solve, the value you offer, or the need you have.
- Tell a Compelling Story: Make your pitch memorable and authentic. Share experiences or examples that demonstrate your expertise and success.
- Keep it Concise: Your pitch should be clear, concise, and to the point.
- Use Your Own Voice: Be your genuine self, and write in your own voice.
- Focus on Relationship-Building: Focus on cultivating meaningful connection and creating mutually beneficial relationships.
Each interaction and conversation can lead to connection and community if you’re able to effectively communicate who you are and the value you have to offer. Writing an effective pitch is the first step towards growing your community and creating lasting, meaningful relationships.
Networking says “What can you do for me?”
Service says “What can I do for you?”
Community says “What can we do together?”
Genuine connections are relational, not transactional. Initiate the conversation first; discuss your shared purpose, shared process, and shared practice; and prioritize the relationship not the numbers. Then reap the benefits of those heart connections!
This year at MRM, our goal is to grow our reach beyond the screen and we’d love for you to be a part of that. Join us in-person on September 16 in Chattanooga, TN at Refined Conference. This conference is for you—no matter where you are on your journey—and it’s for us too, as we build stronger connections and create a lasting, supportive community.
If you’re hesitant to join us—perhaps in-person events feel a little scary—please know it is our goal to welcome you like family and make you feel at home. Consider this your next step, and we’ll see you there!