Let’s face it. Who has time to be an expert in everything that affects our day-to-day work or life? We depend on…well…the experts for that. It is necessary to be clued in to the big picture of industry trends and new products or changes to products that we use for our most critical business functions. But actually doing that is tough.
As founder and CEO of celito Communications, Sharat Nagaraj focuses on providing the best IT and telecommunication solutions to local Raleigh businesses. He stays informed and engaged on a daily basis with the industries that affect the growth and success of celito and our clients.
In a world where we are constantly fighting information overload, how do we know what is important to pay attention to?
Sharat answers this question by giving four recommendations for staying informed and actively engaged in your industry:
- Get involved in an industry organization.
He is an active part of FISPA.org, which is ‘The HOW TO Association for CLECs and service providers”. The people involved are from companies doing similar things as celito. Sharat takes advantage of the opportunity to learn from people facing similar issues in the telecommunications industry, as well as, sharing how he’s solving his own problems. Join an organization focused on the industry your business is in. Check out events and go to meetings held in your area to start establishing connections.
- Join a peer-to-peer organization.
This is crucial for learning best practices in your industry, as well as outside your industry. For example, Sharat is personally involved with the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. This is a great organization available to entrepreneurs and founders of businesses. Watching your peers solve problems that may look a little different than yours, but could still apply to your business, is valuable. Thinking outside of your industry will give you fresh ideas for solutions.
(part 2 continues in our next post)
How do you stay engaged and informed in your industry? Share your recommendations with us! We want to hear them. Tweet @celitonet with #stayinformed.
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