Contributing in Online Business Communities
Online communities are an excellent way for people to interact with other individuals who they can help or who can help them. For business and technology professionals, they also represent a way keep an eye on trends and thought leadership within ones industry that can help solve a company’s issues.
They also provide one element of career growth, in that they expose a professional to tips, tricks, issues and concerns of peers in other organizations in a reasonably safe environment. And, lastly, they provide for professional networking.
One of the most vibrant communities that brings together all aspects of business, is Focus at www.focus.com. This community bring together Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Technology and more, to solve business problems for businesses small and large.
To aid in your professional growth, it is highly recommended that you set aside at least 15-20 minutes each day, or 3-4 hours each week, to participate in communities such as these. (LinkedIn also provides various interactive groups, but I am starting to prefer the arrangement offered by Focus.) You will start to see that these are good places to learn and grow.
So, set some time aside to contribute and collaborate with your peers, and you will see your value increase, whether it is to your employer, your peers, your clients or your partners.