What Networking Can Tell You

Do you like networking? If you said yes, great! If you said no, you’re probably in the wrong job.

When you love networking it’s like being a kid on the playground. “Hey, you, look what I can do! Isn’t it cool? Hey wait you’re pretty cool too. Let’s be friends.”

At my business course, my teacher said you need to talk to 5 potential clients or allies every day. In my head I thought, duh, piece of cake. It’s been hard not talking about my idea (I’m still not sure if it needs a patent or not).

But then I thought back to the other jobs I had. Back when I was an ESL teacher, my sister was running a networking group. I reluctantly went to a few meetings out of support for her. It felt so strange to meet people and only talk about what I do for a living. Especially when what I was doing just felt like a minor part of my life, and I knew I didn’t want to do it long term. I didn’t want to be: Tracy – the ESL teacher.

Once I started working at my last job we had to occasionally network with Realtors. I dreaded those meetings. I was always afraid someone would point out that I was a fraud, I didn’t know what I was doing, I was too inexperienced/ too young blah blah blah. Those were all my insecurities and had no basis in reality. Also, I think you can read someone’s passion about their job when they talk about it, and I was afraid people would know right away that I wanted out.

Now that I’m doing my own thing, taking risks,and feeling empowered by my choices I love talking about what I’m doing. I tell almost everyone I meet about my blog. The second I meet a new mom I tell them about my baby product idea (and all of them have said they want one hehe). Now when I network it feels like I’m expressing a part of myself that I love, rather than trying to sell a part of myself that I don’t believe in. So, I ask you again, do you like networking?