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When you would rather be at home on your couch in your leggings, the word networking sounds about as much fun as well- networking!
The thought of dressing up and putting make up on or dare I say- take your hair out of your messy bun just seems like too much!
The good news is: it doesn’t have to be dreadful.
The bad news is: you need to be doing it if you own a business.
The definition of networking: 1 : the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically : the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.
Let’s start with informal networking because chance are, you are already doing it every day and don’t even realize it
Do you have a job outside of your home? You might not enjoy going to work every day but you are in fact networking. See? Easy peasy! You’re chatting with your co-workers about stuff you did over the weekend or your terrible experience at the dentist, or the cute outfit everyone is complimenting you on. They want to make sure they don’t go to that dentist, where did you get that outfit and what great restaurant was it!
Your kids events
Do you have kids? This applies even if you don’t because if you haven’t had children- you probably have your own events! A lot of times I just don’t want to go! Another concert, soccer practice, game, party at school, how do people do all of it? When I am faced with my negative voice I try and bring it back to a place of gratitude. I know how fortunate I am to have the time in my schedule to go, and I try and have a good attitude. Bonus points for going: These are terrific opportunities to network if you don’t have a job outside the home! You know how us girls are- you meet someone for the first time at a soccer game and before you know it, you know about her birth plan for baby #4
Friends and Family
this is the easiest one of all! We love being around our friends and family, right? Well, even if that isn’t necessarily true all the time, you will be around them so enjoy the time you have with them and who knows, you might learn of some great new places to vacation! Maybe their best friend is a travel agent, or owns a beach house in Florida!
Okay so those are pretty easy because it’s already on your schedule and you don’t have to make it happen. (other than get off the couch and throw some lipstick on!)
Let’s talk about networking for the specific purpose of networking. Yuck, right? That’s what I thought too, until I tried it. It wasn’t overnight, but it is like most things- a muscle. If you work it enough, you will get used to it and it’s not so terrible.
Just remember- anyone you meet could be the connection that will change your life!
Want to connect with me? That’s really easy because you can stay right there in your jammies and just click here!