Maybe you just woke up from a 20-year sleep. You are in a foreign place. You have no friends, no family or no familiar faces in your immediate vicinity. To top it off your fish or plants died and your cat ran away. Now you really have no one to talk to get you through the day. You don't know anyone that can help you find a job or acquire clients to get your business off the ground. This may sound a bit extreme, but sometimes life's nasty curve balls make us feel lost or forlorn. We don't know where to begin to acquire that little jump-start to recharge our career or business. I have met many people with this dilemma.
The good news is the World is still alive and bustling with a flurry of events. It has people just waiting to meet you and help you achieve your goals. Take a minute. Look around and observe your surroundings. Is there an upcoming PTA meeting or flea market? Is the car show coming to town? Is there a conference or toy show at the convention center? Did you just get invited to a party? Somewhere in the world, there is an event happening everyday.
My business partner and I make it a point to regularly check the Jacob Javits Convention Center event calendar. Attending events has kept our businesses flourishing, as we continuously meet new people. Check out the world calendar of events at Eventguide Network. Their slogan is "What in the World are you going to do?".
You don't necessarily have to spend any money to get into even the most expensive events. I recently attended an technology event that cost $1,595.00, for free. Pick an event you wish to attend. Find out who is the organizer or promoter. Contact them and say the magic words "Are you looking for any volunteers for your event?". For a few hours of work, attend the event for free and meet new people. Don't forget to bring your business cards.
Now you are in a position to transform the unknown network (people you don't know) into your known network. "Follow up within 48 hours of meeting your new contacts", says ETP Network founder Rod Colon.
We are always looking for people to help out at our events. Are you ready to jump-start your career or business? The world is waiting for you to attend its events. Don't go back to sleep. If you snooze, you lose.
About the Author
Starting with less than $400, C. E. Reid used networking to become founder & CEO of NetTECH Systems, a technology consulting firm to fortune 500 companies. Through his business coaching, networking workshops and free newsletter "Savvy Intrapreneur", Mr. Reid empowers people to run their career like a business. As a sought after speaker, with 33 years of business experience, C. E. Reid has helped many people jump start their careers and develop successful businesses. www.CarlEReid.com