Getting On The List
Christine is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft with several years experience in the .com industry.
She recently started social venture labs, an idea incubator for those leading small mission-driven businesses or organizations looking to create relationships, share ideas and get feedback on common business practices. She is new to StartupNation, and looking to profile mission driven companies and discusses related themes.
I just attended an event where Edie Hilliard gave a short talk on her experience in the radio industry. We all want to be “on the list.” It almost doesn’t matter which one—it could be anything from a VIP list for an event to an approved vendor or being the go-to guy. A certain amount of luck is always in play, but I believe that when you are educated and prepared, opportunities arise. If you approach life inquisitive like a student, teachers come.
I’ve never been one for top ten lists, and these ideas sound really simple…but they may help you branch out a little more than what you are doing today –
- Mentor: inside and outside of your business
- Network: genuinely help others; and it doesn’t matter what business you or they are in
- Volunteer: take on projects that demonstrate your leadership to others
- Join a group that matches your interests
- Attend neighborhood councils, get active in your community
- Join a book club
- Read your local newspaper, and get inspired to get involved in your community
… if all those fail, get a dog – you can even connect with people at the local dog park.
What activities have you participated in that have helped you Do Well By Doing Good?