**The Power of Networking: How to Take Your Business to the Next Level**
As entrepreneurs, we all know the importance of networking. But how can we make the most out of these opportunities? In the latest podcast episode, Lori Lyons shares her personal experience of joining different networking groups and emphasizes the importance of being an active participant in these organizations.
Lori suggests that networking is not just about attending events or social gatherings, but it’s about becoming involved in a deep and meaningful way. She encourages listeners to think about what they are doing outside of their office walls to grow their business in a relational and strategic way. This includes getting involved in community organizations, volunteering, or serving in some capacity.
But it’s not just about what you can gain from these groups, it’s also about what you can contribute. Lori encourages listeners to think about how they can give back and become a contributing member of the group. This could include offering their skills or expertise, or just being a welcoming presence for new members.
Lori also emphasizes the importance of feeling welcome in a group, especially as a new member. She encourages leaders and board members to prioritize welcoming new members and making them feel comfortable.
When considering joining a group, Lori suggests looking for organizations that align with your values, mission statement, and charitable work. She also recommends looking for groups that are connected to your ideal clients or can provide social support in addition to business benefits.
Overall, Lori’s message is clear: getting involved in organizations and serving others can be a powerful way to grow your business and make meaningful connections. So, let’s take the dive and become active participants in the organizations that align with our values and business goals. And don’t forget to give back and contribute to the success of the group.