Set Your Networking Goals for 2019!

As we approach the end of another year, it's a great time to reflect back on your personal and business life. As you think about your business, did you accomplish your networking goals? If not, the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help you crush your networking goals for 2019! Take a look below to learn how you can better prepare yourself to network like a pro in the new year.

Reflect on the Past Year

In order to make a successful goal for the new year, it's important to think about the past year. What did you do right and what improvements can you make upon your networking habits. The reflection should be a positive experience - don't beat yourself up for missed opportunities. Take the knowledge you gained from your networking in the past year and use that to set your new goals. It's important to reflect upon the past in order to learn and make improvements for the present and future!

Look at the Calendar

Write down upcoming networking events that you want to attend. Once they are on your calendar, you are more apt to remember it and not schedule something at a conflicting time. Look ahead for the entire year and block off the times that you plan on going to networking events at the Lake of the Ozarks. A great place to start is the calendar on our website where you can find all the upcoming Lake Area Chamber events!

Set Measurable Goals

Instead of a generic "meet more people", consider setting a goal that can be measured - like "connect with 10 new business owners in the area". If a goal is specific and measurable, you are more likely to keep it top of mind. You can also celebrate the victories along the way, when you set a measurable goal. If your goal seems a bit overwhelming (which isn't a bad thing), take it a smaller chunk at a time.

Strive for a Positive Mindset

A major hurdle when it comes to networking is the intimidation factor. Many people feel like a networking event is simply outside their comfort zone. A positive attitude about a networking event can do wonders for your goals! Think about the great opportunities that are available at an upcoming event. Keep it positive and keep it fun! Our socials are always a great time networking with fellow business owners and employees. It's a great way to meet business people at the Lake of the Ozarks on a personal level.

Select Businesses You Want to Meet

Think about who you do business with and who you WANT to do business with. These are the people you should get to know when you are networking. Even if you don't have a specific business in mind, there is certainly a business industry that you would benefit from meeting. This is another way to help make your goal specific!

Now that you know how to set an impressive goal for networking at the Lake of the Ozarks, you're ready to work toward this goal. Lucky for you, the Lake Area Chamber hosts a networking social at the Lake of the Ozarks each month. This is the perfect opportunity to improve your networking skills and work toward meeting your goal for 2019!

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