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Ask the Expert – Get Involved and Get Known

By: Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP, Enterprise Holdings | Jun 9, 2021

A deep thinker once said, “People buy from people they know and trust,” which has been the basis of all relationship buying decisions. The extended version also includes “and are known.” You must be known in order to be effective in any business relationship. People need to understand who you are and how important you are to their success.

The Chicago Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International has stood out as the premier organization to build and create business relationships with people who are actively seeking new business partnerships. But to be effective, you must be known to your potential audience by being very visible and approachable, and being involved with committees and events through MPI is a great way.

Get involved: There are two levels of involvement you should consider when joining an organization: personal and business enhancement. Your personal interest of growing your resume or professional friend list generally involves becoming part of a committee that offers an area of personal interest to you. This allows you to identify people you want to know and gives you the opportunity to make a personal connection.

You can expand your involvement and further discover the organization by adding your business commitment. This can be done through either a direct cash sponsorship so you further focus your efforts or through “in kind” sponsorship, which is also a very valuable tool for business development. The more you can keep your organization in front of the membership, the more business opportunities will become available to you.

Get known: It is as simple as being consistently active within the organization. This is where you use your personal and business commitments to grow your personal brand within the organization to generate a return on your time and sponsorship. For people who have been a consistent sponsor, they get the opportunity to speak directly to the membership on a regular basis, which gives them a distinct advantage when it comes to growing their business opportunities. Remember, people buy from people they know and trust. 

Where you can further leverage your involvement and sponsorship is using membership endorsements of your business from members who have become your business partners. This is probably the best way of growing your business within the chapter. It also allows you to be known in other organizations where an existing member also has relationships.

You may not immediately recognize your contributions or even the people you are meeting, but it will become evident to you as you grow within the organization. Based on your level of consistent involvement, you may find people who know who you are, but are people you may not have personally met yet. This is all part of building your personal and business brands within the organization. This also is how future business relationships can develop from people who are familiar with you from your involvement and can actively seek you out or be very willing to talk to you about creating a new business partnership. Get involved, get known and grow your business!



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Ted Miller, HMCC, CHME, CHSP, CGTP, CGMP, Enterprise Holdings

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