Education and information sharing is a big part of what industry associations provide. Associations host conferences, expositions and forums where you can contribute your knowledge and vision, as well as learn what others are doing. These events are also a great place to gain a little cachet for sharing your expertise. Many of our professional endorsements require continuing education of our professional knowledge. So whether you’re there to learn, there to teach or both, you’ll find an opportunity for professional development and advancement.
What is the Gain?
Committee and board positions within an association is another way to be involved in sharing new ideas and practices that set standards for the industry and workplace. These teams are a great place to get to know your peers and work together. And, it’s a great way to give back.
And maybe the most obvious benefit of industry association membership and participation is the opportunity for networking. Active participation allows you to cultivate relationships, build awareness of your value and thus be referable, which translates into business growth and opportunity with others in and around your field.