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Build a bigger network by giving some time!

Posted on May 4, 2010 in Networking Tips, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Build a bigger network by giving some time!

globe Build a bigger network by giving some time!Hey Gang~~

Let’s face it – everyone has a “bandwagon” or a “soapbox” they like to jump on occasionally. Whether it’s political or environmental or medical, we all have a cause we support. So it just makes sense that volunteer organizations are a great place to network. Think about it – there’s a group of people out there that you automatically have something in common with, which means no cold-calling or small-talk. You see where I’m going with this, right? Get out there and volunteer!

Besides putting your skills to good use at a cause you believe in, you demonstrate your expertise to other like-minded peeps, who may become, or refer you to, prospective clients. Think about those “volunteer types” – they’re people just like you. It’s too easy! And these days, the “I don’t have time” blahblahblah just doesn’t fly because we’re all virtual at some point. If you don’t have time to spend a day dishing out food at the homeless shelter, maybe you could volunteer to edit the pictures taken at the day’s event or type the thank you letter to the food donors. Seriously, how long does that take? And those who do like to get out there in the trenches are eternally grateful to anyone who will take the paperwork off their to-do list. See, we all have our strengths. The point is, you’re making connections and you’re making a difference. It’s a win-win.

So here are some examples of some services they need that you can offer, and guess what your action item is? You got it! Call your favorite nonprofit this week!

  • Translating marketing literature
  • Writing press releases
  • Editing/Proofreading
  • Writing emails
  • Snail mail – stuffing, licking, stamping
  • Generating sponsor support
  • Database management
  • Web development 
  • Graphic design
  • Research
  • Tracking legislation

Now go out there and give YOUR cause an AWESOME day!

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1 Comment

  1. Make sure you read and understand everything Casey is talking about in this post. It is critical that you are volunteering for the right reason. That’s why it is so important to choose something that is close to your heart and mind. I love this post because I am already being called to give time for local elections in November not to expand my network (necessarily) but to promote my beliefs about the political process. I know there will be networking going on, bu that won’t be my primary goal…just a great secondary benefit.


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