I had an interview recently for a voluntary role, why did I do it? Why do we do it? All is well and I have enough to be getting on with but ... well it about new challenges, new learning and new opportunities I think. And what about the interview panel, they were volunteers as well giving their time and expertise, and in some cases fellow members of the organisation.
We humans are really social animals and thrive on meeting new people in new situations, and this is coming from an introvert! It's about relevance as we can all associate with a cause or a movement or a club. It’s surprising the commitment one is prepared to make regardless of return in some cases, monetary or otherwise and preparation for the event is no less stringent. Having a common outlook, interest or goal brings people together genuinely creating real conversations and connections.
Networking is so overused and misunderstood these days and has such a negative 'what's in it for me' connotation that meeting with like-minded people gets over that hurdle. How about, 'how can I help you’? Giving a little can pay dividends later. I am not talking about getting back. If that person you help does somebody a good turn, that's enough. The world is full of unsung heroes, join the majority!
That interview, well I have been a member of that organisation a long time and it feels right to put some effort into giving instead of taking. The people sitting on the interview panel are already giving. Sometimes that's just what its about.