5 Tips on Getting and Staying Connected (4)
If you've ever had an extended conversation with me, you've undoubtedly heard me say... "We volunteer about 80% of our time." That is still the truth today and it's still my recommendation for others...
TIP #4 - Volunteer Your Time to Those in Need of Your Expertise
In this case, don't volunteer to get something back. Volunteer because you know you can help someone out. If you truly give your time, you'll see benefits in the long run. Here are some thoughts to keep you motivated to volunteer.
- Tithe Your Time: Don't expect to receive anything back for your time. Give your time and forget about it. After all, if you give with the expectation of getting something in return... you're giving for the wrong reasons.
- Watch Success Be Created: Mark, Measure and Track where you started and where you finished with each volunteer project. You'll be amazed at the results you will produce.
- Be A Bridge: Strive to bridge gaps within industries you see that need help. Independent operators have a hard time marketing themselves and running their business; find them and ask how you can help them market. Done right, you can have a hand in their successes.
- Grow With Your Clientele: Far too often, we place constraints on future clients. Some can't afford to pay you, but if you are creative with your expertise, you will be remembered when a company can afford to pay you.
As your network grows, your personal value will grow as well. Set yourself up for future success by volunteering your time. After all, it's people we do business with and it's those people that will make you truly valuable.