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Networking with a Difference

Attending a Female Network event is an opportunity to visit a community of ladies who are here not just to connect, but to engage and inspire in many different ways. 

When I first came up with the idea of establishing the group, I wanted to create a network where women from all walks of life could learn from and help each other in regard to personal, business or self development skills. It was something I wished had been available when I was starting out in business.

I had been networking for over 10 years but never really enjoyed it. 9 times out of 10, I would be left feeling drained and I grew tired of explaining who I was and what I did to people who generally didn’t really care. They just wanted a referral rather than a business relationship. That was not how I wanted to work. Being an empath I needed some sort of real connection. 

I realised one day after being invited to a friends house for a dinner party, that no one present would have known each other if it wasn’t for me. I had brought people together from different backgrounds. I started thinking about the type of network I would like to create. I felt women needed an outlet. At the time there was little opportunity for women to offer support to each other.

I love watching women leave my events inspired, motivated and filled with positive thoughts. It makes me feel part of a team when we come together as one, even though we may each be on our own personal journey.

Networking is about building relationships, helping each other grow, getting to know each other and letting others be who they want to be.

My Networking Tips

Focus on building relationships 

If you want to achieve in networking, you have to accept that not every relationship will work. There has to be some sort of rapport or chemistry between both parties. Not everyone will like you and you have to accept that. Having said that, I have in the past experienced a positive outcome, from a relationship that started negatively. So perseverance can pay off.  

Follow up

If someone arranges an appointment or makes a request by email, make sure it’s followed up. There is nothing more annoying than people taking your details and promising they will be in touch, then don’t bother. Don’t waste time and energy, move on to your next contact.

Be yourself

Have passion and confidence in what you love doing, be honest with yourself. If you are not feeling your best, speak to someone. There is always someone who can help at our events. A problem shared is a problem halved.

Manners

If you pass lots of work on to someone and receive little or no appreciation for it, try not to let it get to you. Think of the people who do you favours rather than the ones who just want a favour.

Connect on Social Media 

This is a must for everyone who networks. There are so many benefits when you create a social media profile. It can help grow your business and make a strong impression on your contacts, who can instantly see you and hopefully be inspired by what you do.
If you would like to join or know more about Female Network, feel free to contact me Tammy Doyle via hello@femalenetwork.co.uk