10 Steps to Turn Around Mobile Electronics: Part 2
I will tell you up front that in my view not all organizations are alike; nor are they chartered to work for a greater good but rather selfish interests. You will run into egos and politics. This does not mean they are not worthwhile and don’t bring value through someone else’s eyes. It all depends upon what you are looking to accomplish. I also would hope that all of these groups would open their membership to individuals as well. The voice of an installer or retail sales person is just as important as that of an owner or manufacturer spokesperson. But, to state the obvious, it is better to work together than separately in this case. To quote Hillary Clinton, (may I be forgiven) it takes a village. Or at least to quote whomever ghost wrote that book for her.
It is about working together and not alone. Learn from one another and contribute to executing best practices. If you are undecided about which group is best for you, then test them all out. (If a group tells you that you cannot attend a meeting without first paying dues; it is not the right group for you.) Find the one or two that best fit your needs and complement your own goals.
Also, don’t believe that if you have been a member of one group or organization for a number of years that you can’t join others. Once you join a group, support the group, and become a vocal participant of the group. I rarely am involved in any organization that I don’t look to manage someday. (That is my ego and psychological deformity.) But before you can expect to be able to do that, you must get your hands in the dirt and understand the soil. I am totally confused by people that join an association or group and do nothing beyond simply joining. Must be those colorful plaques on their wall. Why not send that membership money to me? I will send you a plaque. You’re essentially doing the same thing if you are not active and vocal.