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Chapter 1. Assess Your Mastery > Using Networking Organizations

Using Networking Organizations

Are you making the most of your memberships? What are the worst mistakes members make? See Chapter 16. Too often, when it comes to joining organizations, people say, "I'm too busy!" or "I'm too bashful!" or "I'm too broke!" If you're in the midst of a job search or starting a business or professional practice, you may wonder whether joining is worth the time and money. Well, it isn't if you just join and hang around on the fringes. It isn't if you spend all your time sitting with and talking to coworkers you see every day. It isn't if you fail to find ways to exhibit your Character and Competence. It isn't if you overlook teaching people to trust you, so that you never become part of the inner circle.

Using Networking Organizations

The first year I'm a member of an organization, I take an active role by serving on a committee or doing some job.

Rarely ______ Sometimes ____ Frequently ____ Almost Always ____

When I join an organization, I attend at least 75 percent of its events.

Rarely ______ Sometimes ____ Frequently ____ Almost Always ____

I know whether my company supports business development/networking with time and money.

Rarely ______ Sometimes ____ Frequently ____ Almost Always ____

I introduce myself to the leader or speaker when I go to an event.

Rarely ______ Sometimes ____ Frequently ____ Almost Always ____

At networking events, I avoid spending time with people from my own organization.

Rarely ______ Sometimes ____ Frequently ____ Almost Always ____

I know how to increase my visibility in any organization I belong to.

Rarely ______ Sometimes ____ Frequently ____ Almost Always ____



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