As we head into the summer season, I think about networking. There are so many opportunities to network with other businesses, but how do I choose which ones to attend? Which one will bring me the best return?
I approach this in a very simple way. I think about each event and ask myself, will my prospective client be there? Is this where they spend their time? This allows me to narrow down the number of commitments that I have to fulfill and gives me more time to dedicate to my actual job.
MABA is always at the top of my list and appears to be at the top of many of your lists too. The Around the Horn topic was What are your favorite things about MABA and if you could change one thing, what would it be? The answers were great and varied, as you can imagine. Things liked ranged from diversity, committee involvement, consistency in the meeting format, and the relationships that you can develop at MABA. Some of the things to change were more information to new or prospective members to help them get involved and that it is hard for a new member to start to develop relationships.
Remember, MABA is only as successful as its members. If you are involved and engaged, you will get more out of MABA and will develop the great relationships just as I have. MABA is a strong organization and will continue to get stronger with your help. If you would like to be involved, please let me know.
Have a great summer and success in networking!