7 Reasons You Should Join a Professional Community
One of the first lessons you learn about being successful in sales is that working together achieves greater results than working individually. The fact is, you can be more successful when you have the support of many than when you have to go it alone. The good news is that the same is true for any career — below are a few ways that joining a professional community can help you achieve greater success.
Grow in a supportive environment
Professional communities are a constant learning environment. Whether you’re attending an event or just connecting one-on-one, you are bound to discover something new when you connect with community members. You’ll have opportunities to exchange ideas with peers and get exclusive insights from industry leaders. All in all, you’ll have more confidence in yourself as a professional with the added support from your peers and leaders in the community.
Opportunities to fast-track your success
Making it to the top of our profession can be a long and arduous journey. Being part of a professional community can turbocharge your path to success by introducing you to people who can open up new opportunities for you. For example, you may meet your next manager who sees the value in what you bring to the table, a mentor who can help you chart your own path, or a job posting in the community before it goes public.
Expand your network, genuinely
We’ve heard it a million times — you have to grow your network! Easier said than done, right? When you join a professional community, you have opportunities to network at your fingertips. And the great thing is those connections are genuinely based on common interests and goals, and the shared experiences of attending community events and participating in community discussions
Learn more and ask questions in a safe environment
No matter where you are in your career, you likely have questions to ask and even more to learn about your industry or career path. The great thing about professional communities is that you can ask those questions without feeling self-conscious and without the risk of being judged by your coworkers or managers. Communities are a safe environment to learn all you need to know, and then some.
Stay ahead of trends in the industry
In today’s increasingly competitive world, knowing about your industry and the next big thing can gain you a valuable edge over the competition. With events around topics that feature seasoned guest speakers, you’ll gain insights from members and panelists about the future of the industry. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity to learn from peers who attend and gain some of that elusive on-the-job knowledge.
Once you’re successful, you can pay it forward
Even as you grow, you can take what you learn and pass it on to the next generation of young professionals. Whether through a structured mentorship program or just by connecting on your own, you may find that you become a mentor to someone new to the industry or even someone later in their careers. Sharing what you’ve learned is the best way to show gratitude for the support you received along the way. It’s also a great way to cement your own knowledge and establish yourself as a thought leader in the industry.
It’s just plain fun
Professional communities are also a fantastic trove of opportunities to get together with like-minded professionals and have a little bit of fun. It doesn’t have to be all business! In Pavilion, we have dedicated Slack channels for pet photos, good vibes, member meetups, and Fantasy Football.
If you’re looking for a safe haven to connect, learn, and achieve your professional potential — we know a place. With three Membership tiers and six function-based subcommunities (more soon!), the doors to your success are open at Pavilion. Come on in.
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