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Networking Humboldt is like networking anywhere else on earth. You have to go where the people are. Find the people that are your potential network partners and go form relationships with them. Here are a few steps that are local and practical that you may employ:

1. Use social media. I mean Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. It’s the quickest form of connection on a local and international basis. Connect here quickly and consistently.

2. Go to business functions. You can join local networking groups such as BNI, local chambers of commerce, and other local groups who gather for business reasons. These specialized local groups will help you quickly expedite your networking and relational progress!

3. Join local service organizations such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Soroptimists, or local service associations.

4. Don’t forget other social organizations such as church, professional associations, and volunteer groups. Make sure they are at fit for you and they are people that you’ve come to serve with! Networking will happen here naturally.

4. Professional and trade associations such as unions and other professional groups that you would naturally plug into based on your life and career.

5. Business associations such as your local mastermind group, Toastmasters where other like-minded business people get together to encourage and challenge and help one another.

6. Professional classes. Extended education and evening classes and other educational opportunities where like-minded people want to increase their professional/personal value.

These are just a few and I challenge you to look around at the opportunities in Humboldt County and see what might be a fit for you going forward. Be sure to link up and make new and exciting relationships that will broaden and empower your personal and professional network. Remember that “givers gain” — it is more blessed to give than receive. Approach your participation from a place of service and giving. Zig Ziglar said it well: “If you help enough people get want … they will help you get what you want!” Go forward and network today!

Scott Hammond works in Eureka and lives in McKinleyville.

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