IMC has a culture of sharing: members want to help you if you take the initiative to get to know them. Also, being involved helps you know and be known by others. Here are some ways to quickly benefit from membership in IMC USA:
- Attend as many chapter professional development and networking programs as you can.
- Make a point every month to meet with at least two new chapter members with similar interests and specialties.
- Introduce your friends and professional colleagues to your new IMC colleagues, and explain the value of joining IMC USA and your chapter.
- Bring clients and guests to chapter events and introduce them to your IMC colleagues, expanding everyone's professional network.
- Begin earning your certification, asking for help from other senior members of the chapter.
- Actively participate in online Communities of Practice (COP). Help identify opportunities that could enhance the management consulting profession.
- Offer to moderate a Community of Practice. Leadership positions sharpen your organizational and communication skills, and increase your visibility and credibility with clients and peers.
- Offer your expertise to the operation of the chapter, whether it is marketing, teaching, communication, web design, publicity, technology, or any other area of knowledge that would enhance the membership value for others.
- Offer to participate as a chapter committee member or officer. When you show other chapter members how much you can deliver as a volunteer, it indicates how you will deliver as a partner.
- Start an Area Breakfasts for Consultants (ABC) in your area or a Community of Practice in a discipline or industry.
- Offer to speak at a professional development event or ABC. This is a great way to showcase your expertise and let others see you in action, and it gives you speaking experience.
- Look for ways that you and your chapter can contribute to your communities, such as volunteering to consult pro bono for a non-profit or charity. This not only benefits your community but it gets you more exposure to possible areas of service, and gets you known by the community.
Finally, take the initiative to help yourself, and your colleagues, "Get Smart, Get Known, and Get Business."