Maximizing your membership with...
Members often wonder how to make the most of their GWA membership. Here are a few suggestions for how all members can benefit from GWA…
No matter what your goals are as a garden communicator, you’ll find GWA members who have “been there and done that” and are willing to share their expertise. Get advice about publishing, freelance writing, speaking, photography, TV/Radio, and marketing your work. Receive guidance about software, websites, blogging, social networking, or equipment. Gather information about contracts, billing, and selling your skills. Suggestions for how to connect to GWA member-mentors are below.
Develop a pipeline to the world.
GWA members are well connected. As you develop relationships with other members (aka networking) you will become linked to those who can help publicize your books, organizations, events, and talents. Often GWA members can turn “six degrees of separation” into “two or three steps to connection.”
Be horticulturally aware.
By being involved in GWA you’ll be the first to learn about new plants, products, and research. Additionally, if you attend the Annual Conference & Expo, you’ll see beautiful gardens in different parts of the U.S. and Canada, many of which are not open to the public.
Improve your skills.
From articles in our magazine, On the QT, to regional and national meetings, GWA offers many opportunities to improve writing, speaking, photography, and media skills.
Be pulled out of your rut.
Face it…we can all get really comfortable doing the-same-old-same-old. Yet, when you’re surrounded and supported by hundreds of innovative doers, it’s impossible not to be inspired and invigorated. Jumpstart your business, skills and creativity!
How to get started…
- Reach out in our members-only forum, GWA Communities and start a conversation. Post about your goals as a garden
communicator and ask other members how to use GWA to accomplish those goals. Or ask specific questions about any aspect of growing your business. To join the conversation, click here. For frequently asked questions and how-tos, click here.
Note: This forum is perfect for those who aren’t on Facebook but want to have virtual conversations and share information with other garden communicators.
- Contact your regional directors and let them know of your particular interests and goals. They can connect you with other members who are
willing to have conversations about your objectives and answer questions. You can also contact GWA headquarters and learn more about how to get
involved on GWA Committees and connected with other members.
- Form your own mastermind or special interest group with other members. If you want group support and encouragement about a particular pursuit or topic, meet regularly with others who are
of similar mind. Such meetings can be done via Skype or through regular conversations on the Communities Forum. For more information about how mastermind groups work, contact C.L.
- Join regional and connect meetings as
frequently as possible. These meetings, held across GWA’s seven geographical regions, feature exclusive tours of renowned gardens and horticulture facilities, insightful education to
help you build your career and one-on-one networking with professionals from across the communications and horticultural spectrum.
- Attend Annual Conference & Expo. Held in locations across the United States annually, the Annual Conference & Expo is jam-packed with
gardens, education, plants, products and people. Most members will tell you that once they attend one conference, they find such a wealth of experiences and opportunities that they are
determined to attend every year.