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Business Networking – Not for Me? Are you sure about that?

Business Networking – Not for Me? Are you sure about that?

If someone had said to me 10 years ago, I could stand in front of a room full of my peers and deliver a 10-minute presentation – I would never have believed it?

Or I could stand and make an acceptance speech to a room of 150-200 people when I collected an Award for the Best Service Business 2014– me win an award what on earth for?

Or that I would have the opportunity to become a partner in an existing successful business and build my knowledge and experience in a completely new business sector?

Well, all these things happened, and it is thanks to networking for all of them. As a child I was very shy and lacked confidence. Starting my own business back in 2009 was more out of necessity of my family situation than a drive and ambition to succeed. Yet as the years have passed my confidence has grown along with my drive and ambition to succeed.

So, what was it about networking that made these things happen for me? Networking to me was not just about getting people to refer business to me. It was

The support network I needed to draw on

The advice, support and experience of people who had been in business for much longer than me

Sharing what went wrong for them so I wouldn’t make the same mistakes

I had always worked in a corporate environment so attending networking meetings was like getting back into the corporate world but this time I was in control of my own destiny.

Furthermore, networking has enabled me to grow my business by using associates who have been introduced to me via trusted business connections. The opportunity to set up a second business in 2014 came from an introduction from the first networking meeting I ever attended. As I write this blog, I am currently in negotiations with another trusted contact introduced via networking on how we can work together to grow my 2nd business.

So, before you rule out networking as not for you why not go along and see for yourself. There are different events whether you prefer

  • Morning
  • Lunchtime
  • Evening
  • Formal structured meetings
  • Informal – mingling – no pressure
  • Ladies Only Groups

Find a group that works for you and your business.

Networking is fantastic for self-development as it forces you out of your comfort zone and challenges you as a person. So before you think that networking lark is not for me – give it a go, you’ll never know until you try it!

Research networking in your area and see who you can meet who can make a huge difference to you and your business.

A Simple Hello could lead to a Million Things – What have you got to lose?

If you want any advice on networking groups in the Tamworth area give us a shout

Ladies in business why not join us monthly at our Ladies Networking at The Mill Group we meet 2nd Friday of every month

Sharon Louca

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