It seems paradoxical but as the days get shorter, and we prepare for the annual holiday frenzy, the calendar of events grows proportionally. All manner of exhibits, shows, open houses and such crowd the social calendar. Every weekend positively bristles with tantalizing choices. Not to mention the usual roster of year end summations by groups and associations of every description.
This is the perfect time to get out there and network. In fact if you don’t you may miss the boat. Proactive folks, otherwise known as the largest percentage of the successful, are already making plans for 2018. Truth is they probably started in the early fall.
So make time to get out there and mingle. Introduce yourself, or your group. Don’t be surprised if others haven’t ever heard of you or your efforts. We’re an insular sector. There’s a lot to be said for dialogue and cooperation. Conversely, find a group to join. Or learn what they are planning, who knows there might be points of congruence.
Don’t limit your choices. Last year I attended Leeds & Thousand Islands Agricultural Summit and St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership’s Diversity Day, not the most likely spots for an arts facilitator. However I came away from each having learned something and contacts that I utilized this year. And will continue to utilize.