I recently I attended one of the local FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) http://www.fsb.org.uk/about networking events. On this occasion the numbers were down and it was a smaller than usual gathering. Despite the lower turnout, I can honestly say that it was a most informative, educational and enjoyable evening. Why?
We each had more time to talk to each other and get to know people better. This allowed us to learn more about each other and the current projects we were working on. It also facilitated discussion about how we were managing to overcome issues and barriers in the current economic climate.
- There was a genuine interest in what people were doing and genuine offers of help where help was required.
- People shared what they were doing, the changes they have had to make to their respective businesses and alternative solutions that needed to be considered where necessary.
- For many it highlighted the importance of continuing and maintaining networking links despite the downturn in the economy.
- Sharing success strategies made us think more about how we might incorporate and adapt our own businesses in the forthcoming months and what we need to do in preparation for next year.
- One member of the group shared how she came across a most unexpected business opportunity which resulted in writing her own business book on managing personal finances.
Oh and I hasten to add that the food and venue were really good too!
What was your experience of your last networking event?
What was the learning you took away for you and your business?
What was shared that made you think a little differently about how you do business?
Mary Fraser is an experienced HR professional with a passion for learning and development. She set up Fraser HR in 2002 to help small and medium sized organisations by providing an external HR support service. Each HR project undertaken is different and tailored specifically to meet the requirements of the organisation. Mary is a keen advocate of personal development and offers coaching and mentoring to individuals and organisations as part of their development strategy. In 2005 she co-founded Success Network for business women with colleague Ute Wieczorek-King. More about Fraser HR can be found at www.fraserhr.co.uk