When I was younger the last thing I wanted to do was call attention to the fact that I was a woman. Crazy, right? Kind of hard to hide that fact. However, now I not only don’t care I want to scream from the rooftops that I am a woman, that I have amazing things to offer, and that I am here to get things done. Remember the song by Helen Reddy I am Woman? And the line “I am woman, hear me roar.” Well, that is so true now and the women I meet networking amaze me every day.
And one of the things that amazes me most is the power of women networking to lift one another up and help each other build our businesses. In the summer of 2016, I started attending eWomen Network luncheons here in Atlanta. I was invited by a woman who would become a client of mine to attend when she could not. After that, I have been not only attending but have learned that I really enjoy networking. This summer I attended a networking conference and ventured out to another networking group, What Women Want, to grow my tribe.
In these groups, I have not found another woman that doesn’t want to help. That doesn’t want to provide assistance, encouragement, and connections. I have yet to find a woman who turns away and doesn’t want to lift someone else for fear they will move ahead of them.
And it is through this networking that I am building a business that is growing beyond my wildest dreams and in ways I never before imaged. Here are a few of the things I have learned along the way that have my phone ringing and my inbox filling up with requests and referrals.
If you step back and approach networking as an opportunity to expand your tribe. If you look at it as a way to give your gifts to others and a way to learn from those you meet. You will find yourself walking away not only fulfilled but with an abundance of opportunities and ideas.
By: Amy Matthews, CEO, AMI LC
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