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dlcmagic
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What are your opinions on joining organizations like the Rotary Club or The Chamber of Commerce for networking purposes?
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A strong network is vital for the regional or local entertainer. I consider active participation in groups like these to be mandatory for the success-minded business person. You never know where such a connection might carry you.
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On 2010-03-02 10:46, Skip Way wrote:
I consider active participation in groups like these to be mandatory for the success-minded business person. You never know where such a connection might carry you.


Key words there - active participation! Join only if you're going to participate and contribute to the group without expectation of show leads. Too many people join organizations like this only for business contacts and do not contribute anything. I've left a couple local organizations because I was always getting a sales pitch.
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I would also suggest that when joining a group find out if they have social events, ie. luncheons, networking events, evenings etc. You will find these are great opportunities to get to know folks, let them know about your business, and find out about theirs. I have looked into some groups and found that in this area they strictly run seminars and have no events where you can meet the members.

You will also find chamber events during the day, attract a very different group of members to those in the early evening. A key thing is to also participate in the group, join a planning committee etc.

My printers, photographer, accountant, have all come from groups I have been a member of. I got to know them first.

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As a past member of Rotary I can speak from experience. First, you don't join rotary, you are asked to join. As a member of rotary, I did about 4 shows a year for Rotary proper. Most Rotary members as professionals and business owners. Our club had about 50 members. I probably did another half dozen shows because of the members. However, being a Rotarian is a little on the pricey side.
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I LOVE my family of memberships I belong to…

HERE, for me is the KEY in wining the most success in theses groups. You may not LIKE the solution I recommend, but it is obvious that everyone so-far also agrees.

The KEY is if you join, NOT to join as much to ‘build your business’, but rather to CREATE Massive Value for the clubs, communities and organization you choose to join AND THEN, as a result of creating massive value, YOU will then be rewarded.

And there is a BONUS SURPRISE… the reward is ‘also’ often well MORE than any gig or lowly pay-day you will get, but if you really dig-in, hunker-down and help other people get more of what THEY want need and desire, you will be wildly rewarded in way that will literally blow your mind! (oh, and the respect, money and indelible trust relationships aren’t bad either!)

Just my two cents worth!
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Ditto on what Dean, Blair and Domino said...

(I was too busy networking to write all that!) Smile
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LOL

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By the way... this is the key to success in life and in business too... but you guys knew that!

Do we have to be 'strategic' about it all?

Of course we do, but the point is the same... help people get what THEY want and everyone wins! It’s called turning you “NetWORK in to your Net WORTH”!

I vote SKIP for President!
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Its a great way to meet a lot of people and make some new friends, and really get involved in your community. . . just be minded that as an entertainer, they are likely to ask you to contribute "your services" most likely . . . but don't just let business promotion be your motivation for joining . . . these organizations make a huge difference in the lives of many . . . I know a good part of my college tuition was paid for by scholarships I earned by funds raised via these organizations . . .
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