Networking is a fabulous way of gaining support, guidance and business opportunities and I am often asked which networks do I attend as I am a seasoned networker. I have to tell you that I wasn’t very good at it at the beginning because I was using the wrong techniques and was working from a Scarcity Mindset. If you would like to know more about positive behaviour when networking you might like to read my book ‘Are you worth it? A Spiritual Guide to Managing Your Money Mindset for Business Owners.’ Other great reads are: ‘The Go Giver’ by Bob Burg and David Alan Mann and ‘Endless referrals’ by Bob Burg. The One Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G Allen. Networking is all about building relationships, so make sure you find out lots about the people who are attending and help as many people as possible. Remember is it not about you!
I wasted many years, not knowing what I offered, how to pitch for business effectively (I was confused, so I gave off a confused message!) and I had no strategy. I now love networking and gain such fantastic opportunities from building relationships with those people I meet. Some network events are better than others and I love working out what works best for me and for my clients. There is an awful lot you need to know about behaviour too when going networking, to build long term relationships which really work. Accidentally you can upset someone, give off the wrong message about what you are trying to achieve as well as missing opportunities which are right on the end of your nose! You can’t have a business which you run in isolation. You need to have business buddies and help those around you to succeed as this will gain you more business.
There are lots of local networking groups in Kent. Here are links to just a few of them.
Insightful Minds Meetup
This is a network for both new and existing business owners from all industries. It is designed to support and help new start up business owners to help them understand how to network effectively and to overcome natural fears which come from networking and starting out on your own. Collaboration, support and networking are available as well as free business mentoring advice from Liz Almond, award winning coach and mentor. All attendees are encouraged to be Go Givers, i.e. to focus on others needs in the room, not their own and look how to help others e.g. giving support, advice, wisdom, connections, etc. It is £5 to attend to cover room hire. This includes your drink. To book, go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/insightful-minds-meet-up-tickets-43343294962
This is a network especially for therapists and wellbeing practitioners. These are day time meetings from 10-12pm in 8 locations in Kent. There is a Facebook group Therapist Network which you may join. www.therapists-network.com
Ladies Who Latte – Ladies only network
This is a female only network. To get the calendar of network meetings available, go to http://www.ladieswholatte.co.uk Most meetings are either free or cost £3 to attend. If they are free, you will need to purchase a drink from the venue as there is usually a deal to use the venue for free if you buy a drink. Most meetings have speakers too and the ability to deliver a one minute pitch about your business.
Professional Women in Business
This runs bi-monthly in Kent and is run by Emma Williams. It costs £10.00 to attend. Join the facebook group Professional Women in Business to learn when dates are set and to be able to book.
This is a network run for women which encourages business women to support and collaborate to gain success from your business. More information can be found at: www.metiswomen.co.uk
Invicta Chamber of Commerce
This is a business support network in Kent. It has a joining fee and offers a wide range of benefits from becoming a member. www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk. There are free after hours networking events you can attend.