Can you connect? The single most effective opportunity building message I can share is that community and association participation and leadership will elevate your career and business, though (perhaps ironically), you cannot expect to succeed if you go about your community service with selfish intent.
The good news is you don’t have to sell your soul, or engage in activities and associations against your values and principles. If you have interests in business development (sales), the best associations and groups, not surprisingly, will include those serving your clients. Accordingly, if you work with residential builders, you would engage with relevant home builders’ associations.
Truly selfless community service, even if the initiatives are not directly industry related, also provides incredible rewards. I’ve noticed how many of the most successful business owners are also determined philanthropists. If you don’t have lots of money, you can still contribute time. (And leaders spend plenty of money and time at these selfless endeavors.)
If you have worthy causes or association initiatives you would like to see recognized, let me know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.