Want To Know A Secret?

The next time you’re at a chapter function, get out of your chair, walk over to someone you don’t yet know, and introduce yourself. Chances are, they are probably just as nervous as you.

Back then, I was terrified of introducing myself to complete strangers who were legends in my industry. Today, however, I have no problem talking to people I don’t yet know and making new contacts. I am fortunate to consider many of them personal friends and professional colleagues.

At the risk of sounding cliché, taking that first step and introducing yourself to someone you don’t know is the hardest step you’ll ever take, but it may very well be the most important step of your entire career.

You never know just whom you might meet at a professional function.

To me, the benefits of ASLA membership far outweigh the cost of my annual membership dues, and I hope you feel the same.

Do you have any tips for building your network? If so, I’d love to hear them. Feel free to leave a comment below, send me a tweet, or even an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great weekend!

Boyd Coleman is a landscape architect in Phoenix, Arizona. He can be reached on twitter at @CDGLA or email: bcoleman001@gmail.com

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One comment on “Want To Know A Secret?

  1. Stephanie Bower on said:

    Thanks Boyd! This is an encouraging article for those of us who pay our dues but haven’t taken full advantage of the networking potential.

    All the best and best wishes for a prosperous New Year!

    ~Stephanie B.

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