Previously I shared with you about taking the time to put up a website that reflects you as the author & writer and your book. Don’t just put up a website to say you have one but when someone goes to your website it doesn’t share with the visitor your purpose.
Now, I wish to share with you that it takes more than just a website to convey your soul purpose message of your spiritual work. You will want to begin to develop long lasting relationships with like minded people who wish to know more about you and your work.
How do you do this? Networking. Networking is about showing up, having conversations and connecting with other people who will be interested in you and your book.
Don’t allow the thought of networking make your heart start to race and your palms get sweaty. Networking is one of the most effective organic ways for you to share your message with your potential readers, collaborators, friends, and/or clients.
As the late Zig Ziglar said, “People buy from people they know, like and trust.”
If people don’t know about you, get to know you, like you and trust you, they will not purchase from you or show up to what you are doing.
And this doesn’t mean you have to sign up for every online group or local organization you see or hear about. Also, I’m not talking about pushing your product and services at anyone and everyone all the time. There is a way to network that is natural and organic (more on this topic coming).
Again, how do you start to network? Start with one group, club or organization. Start with one that resonates with you. Either online or offline, it doesn’t matter. Just begin with one. Sign up and commit to showing up to the next meeting or chat. Without showing up, you can’t make connections. You aren’t allowing yourself to be present to help or support to others in your community. Take the time to show up.
Here are a few that may help you get started (these are some of the ones I belong to):
IACCW – International Association of Conscious and Creative Writers
NSA – National Speaker’s Assocation