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