Advantages of Professional Networking Organizations

Advantages of Professional Networking Organizations

Don’t think Joining a Professional Networking Organization is worth your time or effort? Think again. Depending on which one you join, professional networking groups can be worth more than 10 times the membership fee. Here’s a quick list of what you may gain from joining a networking group.

Many people don’t see the value in join networking organizations like NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) or NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers). Often, they don’t feel like these organizations don’t really have anything to offer besides the occasional social event. But, like anything else in life, you only get out what you put in. 

Here are a few of the many benefits of joining a professional networking organization that make the membership fee definitely worth the investment.
New Business
Networking organizations are a great way to seek out new business. Getting to know the other members and finding out their needs can lead to opportunities for you to fill them. Additionally, the contact base can be used to seek out referrals to other businesses who may be potential customers.

Access To Quality Services 
Because of the ability to tap into the organization’s network, you will find that you have access to the best services and products available in your area. If what you need can’t be supplied by a member, it’s very likely that a member can refer you to someone who has what you need. 

“Fringe” Benefits 
While it is certainly not required or universal, it is also not uncommon for members to offer discounts to other members, as well as for the organization to offer membership discounts

Becoming The Expert 
You will become aware of a lot of things very early on, and will develop an awareness of business that will translate into a reputation as an expert, “the one to ask”. Your advice will be sought, and seriously considered, by a lot of people as your knowledge and skills grow. Awareness of trends early on will ensure that the information you share is timely and accurate. 

New Friends 
If you are helping someone increase their business or their network, and they are helping you to do the same, there’s a good chance that new friendships will develop along the way. And that’s always a good thing.

More Business Options 
Access to members in a wide range of fields gives you the ability to pursue additional areas of business. These can range from expansions of your current business to opening whole new businesses. 

Opportunities for joint ventures and getting in early on new fields are greatly enhanced by surrounding yourself with people who know other fields and are willing to share information with you based on the trust that develops from your regular dealings. 

Satisfaction
You not only grow your own business through participation, you help others to grow their businesses as well. This can be a tremendous source of satisfaction, especially when helping someone who is new in business. You also help the people you refer to other members, since you are directing them to quality businesses that can solve their problems and fill their needs without the hassles that can come with dealing with strangers. 

The networking skills you will be taught and the habits that you will form through active networking will be valuable assets for you in all your dealings, both professional and personal. 

Reputation
Since you will be dealing with proven professionals, you will be able to recommend people with confidence that they will perform the work in a timely fashion and according to high standards of quality. Since the results of your recommendations reflect as much on yourself as the person you recommend, this will help to enhance your own reputation for dealing with integrity. Of course, not every group will afford you the opportunity to realize all of these benefits. Its important that you take some time to thoroughly check out the organization you are considering. Seek out two or three members and get their impressions of the group. Also, find out how active they are and attend at least 2 meetings before actually joining. And remember, you only get out what you put in.

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