Does it sound out of sorts to be told that you should be giving back? We are all looking to gain more in our business, striving for business growth and increased success. We are managing expenses and our time. Therefore, you may be asking how giving can help you gain?
There are many ways that you can give. It could be a financial contribution to a charity or a project close to your heart. It could be you giving your time or your skills to help someone else. Your giving does not have to extend outside of your business. How many people in your organisation would benefit from an hour or two of your time mentoring them? This is an example of giving, and the long term effects will be beneficial for your business too.
You can give back by referring someone's business and services. Giving referrals is what business networking is all about. If you refer someone, there may be a good chance that they will refer you to someone else too. This illustrates how giving helps you gain.
If you want to move outside of your business, there are organisations that you could look at joining. Look at Rotary International or other voluntary organisations. Here you will find a range of ways that you can choose to give back. The benefits of joining a formalised organisation like Rotary International is that you will also gain as you give. How? You will gain a new network. You will form new friendships with like-minded people who want to make a difference in the lives of others.
When looking for a way to give back decide what resources you have available to share. Can you refer an excellent service or products you have experienced? Can you write a Google My Business or LinkedIn review for someone?
The festive season is fast approaching, and this is a perfect time to make a difference. Try something new like "giving the gift of giving". This is something I have been doing for many years. This is how it works, instead of me handing my clients gifts that may be used or possibly regifted. I prefer to help my customers make a difference in the lives of someone less fortunate. Every year I select a few charities which I know would appreciate some extra funding over the festive period. I then ask my customers to choose who they would like me to donate to on their behalf. The charity organisations that I select are always so grateful, and it always feels so great.
If money is tight right now volunteer a few hours of your time. That warm fuzzy feeling of gratitude you get from helping others is worth it. Whether it be helping to grow someone's business, helping someone grow in themselves or teaching someone a new skill, you are giving.
When we give back in any way, I can assure you that it will come back to you tenfold. Today go out and make a difference to someone else's business or life.
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