Last week we reviewed various ways to get involved with your community. But what do you do once you’ve identified a potential group? This week we’ll review five tips for effective community involvement.
Your goal for community involvement is two-fold: First, you want to grow your network by meeting new people. Second, you want to demonstrate the characteristics that others value in a financial advisor such as: good communication skills, a pleasant demeanor, care and concern for others, and a willingness and ability to get things done.
Note that your goal is not to “find new clients.” That may be an ideal outcome but starting with that self-focused mindset will diminish your ability to truly connect with others.
Here are five tips to keep in mind:
- Go, then go, then go again! This sounds fairly obvious but attending one event will not establish yourself within that community. Nor will attending every third event. Become a regular so that the group will recognize you as someone dedicated to the cause.
- Make the first move to introduce yourself. Since you’re the newest one there, it’s easy to walk in with the expectation that you will be greeted by others. However, take the lead and introduce yourself to each person you see.
- Be prepared. On a related note, be prepared to share a bit about yourself and have a questions or topics to keep the conversation going.
- Raise your hand. Most groups look for volunteers for various initiatives. Even if you don’t know exactly what you are volunteering for, be willing to jump in and help.
- Do your best. Always give your all for the group. This is your opportunity to shine. If something is worth doing, then do it well and let your character show.