Attending networking events is a great way to meet new people who can help you with your goals or career ambitions. But if you’re someone who finds such events difficult and uncomfortable, consider this option.
Volunteer for a non-profit organization. Join a board or a committee. Or become a regular participant with a leadership role in an organization’s hands-on activities. Volunteering offers a number of benefits. It puts you in close proximity to connectors, people who have broad networks to which they can grant you access.
Volunteering allows you to demonstrate to these connectors that you’re a team player — able and willing to work toward achieving shared goals.
It also provides a platform for learning and testing new skills.
If you commit to it, volunteering is a training ground for building your resume and network through action and results.