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Saturday, March 06, 2010

MASTERING THE MEMBERSHIP MAZE: Could Joining Your Chamber of Commerce Make You Happier?

Mastering the Membership Maze with Glen Gould

Could the chamber be a key to more joy and happiness? Perhaps so according to 24 Tips for being happy at work (Shine for Yahoo, February 9, 2010). Experts have found that, "Socializing boost the moods of introverts and extroverts."

Most people in business know that joining a chamber of commerce makes good business sense. Where else can you meet other business leaders, share ideas with business professionals, have your voice represented in local government, and build your business for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a day? However, only the most involved in the local chamber understand how much joy you can gain from participation.

Much of our work is done in isolation. We work from home, behind a windshield, or in a private office or cube. In the pre-internet world, our interactions with people were more frequent and often in person. Much of our time was spent either on the telephone or face to face with colleagues and clients. This satisfied our need for community.

Today a large majority of workers interact with clients and colleagues through text and screen. Gone are the days when we really spent time with people. The local chamber of commerce can provide some of the key interactions you need as a worker to enjoy work and life more.

The article goes on to suggest, "Periodically, have lunch with co-workers." Solo-preneurs, home-based business professionals, outside sales professionals, and other individual workers are hard pressed to have lunch with co-workers. Often they attempt to fill their lunch appointments with sales calls or personal errands. But all workers need to feel a sense of community.

Having time and opportunity to discuss personal life and work challenges and accomplishments gives us a sense of belonging. The chamber is a great place of refuge in an isolated work world. So while joining the chamber may not be the key to happiness, attending chamber events could be.

Attend a chamber lunch or social and you just might find you are happier at work and in life. You'll definitely meet great people and make connections that can lead to more success.

Glen Gould is a business growth and relationship thought leader. He understands business people and how they connect and helps companies large and small to achieve more through targeted verbal messaging and strategic networking. He is a sought-after speaker and trainer and the author of numerous audio programs and books including his latest release 101 Networking Nuggets ebook. Visit or email to learn more.

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