Wednesday, July 30, 2014

5 Ways to Expand Your Network

Networking is all about building relationships by sharing information and finding sources of support. It's time to step out of your comfort zone, expand your network and meet new people that could help you reach your goals.  Going up to a stranger can be an intimidating task; so the next time you find yourself standing alone, try some of these networking tips!

1. Bring a Wingman  

Many people don't like going out alone or walking into a place by themselves.  One way to overcome this fear is to bring a friend along.  Together you can meet new people and expand both of your networks.  Try choosing a friend in a different industry than yours and use your conversation to draw others in.

2. Participate in Alumni Events

Alumni chapters are a great way to stay connected and network outside your industry.  These events often include graduates from all different majors and its a fun way to learn from people you don't normally interact with. You have a shared interest in the school you attended, so you can always talk about your experience there if you can't come up with a conversation starter.

3. Volunteer Time

Charity events are great places to meet people with similar interests and passions.  Choose an organization with a cause you care about and volunteer for even just a few hours a month.  Not only will you meet new people in different industries, you will be helping your community and those in need.

4. Host Your Own Event

Rather than attending events where you don't know anyone, have those people come to you. People are naturally drawn to the host, even if its just to say thanks for hosting.  Plus you are in your space and will be more comfortable than in a foreign location.  Conversation will flow more easily and the pressure of finding people to talk to will be removed.

5. Join a Business Organization

Lakelender Michael Lasson is a member of the Lake Business Builders Business Network International (BNI) Chapter.  This is a great way to get to know other business professionals in your area.  Communicating with those business professionals in diverse markets, you get feedback on how your business is perceived by others outside of your industry.  It's also a good mental exercise.

As your Lake of the Ozarks mortgage lender, I'm committed to providing you with not only updated economic information and business tips, but also information on all the local events!  I would love the opportunity to help you manage your Lake of the Ozarks Mortgage Loan or refinance.  Give me a call at (573) 746-7211 or send me an email at with any questions you may have!


For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 

Michael Lasson
Sr. Residential Mortgage Lender
NMLS #: 493712

2265 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B
PO Box 1449
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Direct:  (573) 746-7211

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