As business people we are always looking for ways to expand our horizons, meet new people and market our services. We may talk to our friends and relatives and all of our prospects, but at some point you need to go beyond your tribe and reach out to new people. I think one of the best ways to meet new people is to volunteer and become involved in a cause you really believe in.
Here’s what I mean; find something you are really passionate about and set aside time to participate and volunteer your time. You will meet people of like minds, work together and build friendships and rapports. Don’t do it strictly as a way of building your business, people will see right through you. Instead as a way to invest your time and make the world a better place. Business will take care of itself. People like to do business with people who are like them.
There are clubs and organizations for almost everything: you can save the whales, save the ocean, help rescues animals find permanent homes, plant trees, help children, help schools, political causes, feed and clothe homeless people, offer business skills to those who need a new start. There are many, many ways you can help.
I’ve told you before I love magic, and I love entertaining and making children smile. I recently contacted the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, to join their outreach program. It’s a program where they reach out to magicians to volunteer their time to children’s hospitals. It’s something I think that is so worthwhile. I’ve also told the Castle I would like to contact magicians to volunteer their time and I would also like to be one of the magicians entertaining the children. There is nothing like seeing the smile and enjoyment in a child’s eyes when they feel and experience magic. That unto itself is a big payoff and reward. The business part will take care of itself.