As discussed in our previous blog, networking is vital to the success of any private practice or business in general. Today we will delve further into some of the networking opportunities that are available to nutrition professionals.
1 – Find Meetup Groups Focused on Business & Health
Meetup is an online platform that allows you to find, organize and join special interest groups and meetings that are run in your local community. Business development, networking and health, and wellness, specific groups are common. Joining Meet-up groups can be useful for meeting local people who can be potential clients or referral pathways.
2 – Join Practice & Interest Groups
If you are a member of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, you have the option of joining Dietetic Practice Groups and Membership Interest Groups. These groups specialize in specific areas of interest or practice, e.g., Integrative and Functional Medicine, Diabetes Care, Weight Management and Business. Joining such groups is a way of connecting with colleagues who share your interests as well as establishing yourself as an expert in your field. They often have special discussion boards, Facebook groups, and webinars which you can participate in. We especially recommend joining The Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group. They have a specific focus on private practice, business development, and entrepreneurship.
3 – Attend Conferences & Professional Development Events
4 – Participate in Facebook & Other Online Groups
Online groups such as those via Facebook are very popular. There are many dietitian specific groups which you can join. Kalix EMR has its own Facebook group, click here to join.
5 – Reach out to Others Health Professionals in Your Local Area
- Offer to supply food for the morning or afternoon coffee break in exchange for a 5-minute presentation
- Bring around a snack or fruit basket for their front desk
- Suggest to be an information resource for them when any nutrition-related questions come up
- Ask to meet out of hours to go grab a bite to eat or drink
- Hand-out Christmas gifts or end of year thank you gifts