One to go for successful completion of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for July- here’s #30! The suggestion for today was to talk about those who have helped us get where we are today. Rather than discussing individuals, I wanted to mention how valuable networking has been for me.
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In my experience, networking has made significant differences in my productivity, my time management, and my overall sense of “community” with like-minded people.
Let’s face it, everyone needs encouragement from time to time. Accountability partners provide a valuable service, as well. It’s one thing to list your goals for the day for your own benefit – it’s quite another to regularly list them in a group with others doing likewise.
In addition to that accountability factor, you can also benefit from the encouraging environment, shared tips for success, inspiration and motivation, and support when things don’t go quite as expected.
If you stay with a group of people with mutual goals long enough, you learn you can trust each other, and often form valuable friendships and alliances. This often initiates additional benefits, such as shared promotional efforts, more exposure for each other’s endeavors, guest blogging, and/or bartering of professional services.
You can find valuable networking groups on various private forums, such as Jumpstart Your Day, Facebook, LinkedIn, and many other places. Whether you join one or a few, you will likely notice a positive change in your overall attitude and achievement of goals.
Do you participate in networking with other writers or freelancers in other areas of specialization?