Get Out to Stay in the Know

Sharing industry information is a part of every workplace.

But do you collaborate about your industry with professionals outside of your company? A recent acquaintance introduced me to this concept.

He’s a part of a group of professionals who are in the same industry, from different companies who get together regularly to exchange industry information and trends. The group even started a blog where they collaboratively share their insights and have built up an impressive readership.

Sharing perspectives with colleagues within your organization can you give a good, but narrow view into your industry. But collaborating with professionals outside of your workplace can provide a multi-dimensional outlook of what’s really going on and what others are doing to address challenges and reach targets.

I thought this was such an interesting concept that it made me want to find my own industry group. But then I thought, where do I find one? I think the easiest thing to do is start your own.

Whether you’re in technology, healthcare or hospitality, look around at your group of friends, professional network and family to see who shares your industry. Then reach out to those who are interested in or who are already up-to-date on the latest industry news. Organize a one-hour call or in-person meeting once a month to share trends, challenges and how you’re each addressing them. It can even start with you and one other person, just set a date to meet, get the word out and soon others will want to join.

Joining or starting an industry group outside of your organization can help you gain a different perspective about your industry, and give you a well-rounded view you can use to be in the know and give you an edge at your own company.

Do you belong to an industry group?

4 thoughts on “Get Out to Stay in the Know

  1. Great idea. I started an informal gathering of professionals in my field back in 1996 called the “Blue Circle” and it’s still going strong to this day. We were meeting on a quarterly basis (now only twice a year), but each meeting is at a new an interesting place, such as museums, art galleries, parks, etc. They are kind of a social mixer but a great place to share ideas. The last 3 or 4 were mini trade shows where everyone brought something to share from their business. I’m very supportive of this concept and encourage others to get involved or start one of their own.

  2. You’re right. It’s really important to share information with others in your field. It is so easy to get wrapped up in your own organization and lose track of the changes that are occurring. Meeting with others widens your horizons and keeps you current.

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