I see other members doing a lot of non- compensated volunteer work for our association. Can this type of effort pay off? How do I get involved?
Volunteering almost always pays off in both the short run as well as the long run. You will be amazed at the doors that will open and the opportunities that will arise from such a small investment of your time. Volunteering can provide a convenient way to develop a new skill or sharpen old ones. It gives you an opportunity to work with other talented folks, make new friends and enhance your professional network with additional valuable colleagues. You will also often experience a strong sense of accomplishment and will frequently receive recognition for your efforts. You will feel more a part of your organization, and fulfill your obligation to your profession, than you ever have. In short, volunteering is one of the best investments any consultant can make.
Getting started often begins by simply asking an organization where help is needed (and where your skills might be best applied). Most professional associations are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers. Tip:
Volunteering often provides you with something more important than a direct business payoff. You will learn, grow, and meet many great folks. Remember, though, to always approach your volunteering unselfishly, and always be as positive, productive, and giving as you are able. If you must have a "business case" for volunteering, consider how clients look at a service provider who doesn't think enough of his or her profession to commit time to supporting it.© 2011 Institute of Management Consultants USA