Friday, May 28, 2010

Networking Events--More than just Business

While I had every intention to get this post up yesterday, I woke up with one of those headaches that just beats against your brain like a bad bass beat on steroids!!  I tried a lovely combination of ibuprofen, vitamins, and lots of water--but it was determined to stick with me, so what did I do?  Yes, being the trooper I am, I gave in to the headache and schlept around all day...

So, here I am today to tell you all about my adventures in business networking!!  Having always worked for other people, business networking for myself seemed daunting.  All those doubts crept in...

Will I fit in?
Will I sound like an idiot?
Will I be dressed right?
What will I talk about?
and on and on and on.....

These thoughts ran around my brain like a hamster on a wheel, and I almost abandoned the idea of attending my first event.  Almost.

But I pulled up my big-girl pants, got myself ready to go, pulled my materials together, and headed out the door....and what did I learn?

I learned that the hamster on the wheel needs to take an extended nap!  Being in business for yourself can be emotionally stressful, but the way to combat those doubts and stresses, is to just get out there and do it!  Remember why you went into business for yourself.  Remember why you joined or started the company you represent.  Remember that everyone can be successful if they have a passion and determination for what they are doing, why they are doing it, and how they can help others do the same!

I also learned that the community of entrepreneurs, regardless of their industry, social status, professional status, sex, color, race, or religion, are, for the most part, always willing to offer advice, share experiences, and support each other.  No matter who you are, where you come from, and where you want to go, you will have your own personal group of cheerleaders and mentors to help you achieve your dreams!

In a short time, these people have become my peers and my friends!  So get out there, be yourself, meet some new people, share ideas, and build new, valuable relationships with other people who are succeeding in their industries!!

What is holding you back from achieving your dreams?


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