Joining an organisation or a business networking group is one of the simplest ways to getting your organisation or yourself out there…
We talked about attending digital industry events earlier this year, but it would be even better to join a strong and regular community – like a business organisation or a meetup group.
In Hong Kong, our Cogs team even takes an active role in organising meetups in a digital community HK Techneeks.
Whether you’re an introvert, interested to expand your network but don’t know where to start, or if it’s your first time hearing about Meetup groups, here are 3 reasons why you should join one today.
Reason 1: Expand your professional network
The most common reason for joining a business community – to get to know your peers and rub shoulders with industry leaders.
Who knows who you will meet at the event? It could be your future colleague, employer, business partner, hire etc.
Reason 2: Learn more and be a subject expert
Not all business communities are networking groups.
They often have a purpose or speciality. Most groups are founded on the basis to educate others.
Communities that organise educational events are often a good place to be part of especially for those breaking into the workplace or professionals seeking to transit into another industry.
Reason 3: Build your professional brand
You want to get your name out there and fast?
Joining a community enables you to be your authentic and professional self – a struggle that a lot of professionals face in their workplace.
Making new acquaintances and bonding over shared passions and ideas will give you the confidence to show your abilities.
If you’re a startup founder, communities are a good place for you to grow your brand awareness and exchange ideas or inspire others with your new business offerings.
With that said, why not take a look at these meetup communities in the cities we’re in below:
Service Design Studio events: Futurice, Fjord, etc.
Service Design Network Worldwide:
Service Design Network (or SDN) is a non-profit institution for service design and development and innovation within the practice. The goal of SDN is to connect their members (service design practitioners) to agencies, business, and governments in a bid to strengthen the impact of service design within the public and private sectors. Your city might have a chapter in place already – if you don’t see your city listed, you can even reach out to SDN to start one.
These are groups that our team at Cogs have curated just for you. Some of us are members of these communities and enjoyed attending their events and learning about the digital industry and its changing pace.
We hope you find a digital community that is welcoming and engaging for yourself.