A guest post from Rosie Slosek at One Man Band Accounting:
- Go because you want to meet the kind of people that are likely to attend
- Go because you want to serve those people, that you can be of help (not the same as ‘I want to sell my services at them’)
- Go because you want to learn how to enjoy networking events that work for both you and your business
These three elements are core to networking working for you.
Remember, it’s as much about who the people you meet know, as about the people you meet at the event.
If you’re nervous, shy, get too energised by groups of people, don’t know what to say or become overwhelmed, then it’s so much more important.
Do You Have Your Ritual?
So you’ve looked at the networking events you attend, made the decision to only attend events where you want to meet people , can serve them, and are committed to NOT going to events you don’t like!
Creating a networking ritual is your next step.
At this point, if you just love meeting strangers and having a conversation, then you can probably skip this next bit.
If you’re like me, and you get nervous, agitated, worry about it for days beforehand – and start bouncing off the walls because you absorb the energy of those fabulous people – read on.
A ritual is internal calm. It provides structure and safety.
You can create a ritual that is the same for all events, or a different one for each. Try both and see what works.
Creating Your Ritual
Let me share my networking event ritual.
- In the days beforehand, I do extra self care. I increase little luxuries (special tea, or chocolate truffle, watch Miss Marple).
- On the day itself, I block out the whole day in my diary. I have time beforehand to relax and get ready at my own pace and afterwards, I know I have time later to have my own space to recalibrate.
- During the event, I drink lots of water, camomile tea, eat little (it’s a lunch event), and use calming oil on my pulse points.
- After the event, it’s Me Time. I go to a cafe that is a real treat for me and have pure indulgence. I am writing this after my event with jasmine tea by my side and homemade battenburg cake securely in my tummy.
- The next day, it’s the last stage. Croissant and black coffee for breakfast. I keep my self care increased until I know I have calmed and recalibrated.
Networking events are so much better now. I don’t dread them like I used to, I feel confident about the events I do attend, and so what if I only attend 6 a year? They’re the best!
Do you have rituals around your networking?
It’s the same principle as cake with your tax paperwork, and as clients find out, it makes all the world of difference!
About the author: Rosie Slosek runs One Man Band Accounting, helping one man bands to do their own tax returns and paperwork. If you haven’t done your tax return yet or want to get ahead for next year, have a look at her Self Assessment Tax Return Toolkit. At £24.97 it’s a fun, easy and affordable way of getting the paperwork done with a sense of humour, rewards, lots of support, and cake. Enter the code JAN14SUCCESSNETWORK to get the discounted price of £19.99!