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We’re going to a Networking Meeting…

Posted on: July 19, 2009

Bear HuntIn times when money is tight networking is undoubtedly a cost effective way to let people know about your business. However, few people I have met actually enjoy it or find it easy. There is no doubt that you can learn certain tricks of the trade which will help you work the room more confidently but if you are new to business, and a mum, the thought of walking into a room full of ‘proper’ business people can feel intimidating and overwhelming.

That is exactly how I felt a year ago when we set up Mum’s The Boss. I still felt I was ‘playing’ at being self employed – it wasn’t as though our mortgage payments depended on my success. Yes I was in business, but I was more interested in making some extra pocket money each month, to pay for the little luxuries, rather than becoming a business tycoon!

It was for those reasons that we wanted Mum’s The Boss meetings to be as friendly and informal as possible (as well as include lots of nice cake!). We didn’t want any mum, however new to business, to feel intimidated about coming along and showcasing her business – and for admitting that first and foremost she is a mum and her children come first.  

Maybe our purpose in life is to bridge the gap between complete networking phobia and ‘real’ networking!  So to ease that transition, here’s a little something familiar that might make you chuckle to yourself next time you find yourself networking out there in the big, wide world!

 

We’re Going to a Networking Meeting

We’re going to a networking meeting
We’re going for referrals
What a beautiful day
We’re not scared

Uh-oh  – a drinks reception
We can’t go over it
We can’t go under
We’ll have to go and join it!

Sip, slurp, shuffle, smile 

We’re going to a networking meeting
We’re looking for referrals
What a beautiful day
We’re not scared 

Uh-oh  – a one minute elevator pitch!
We can’t go over it
We can’t go under
We’ll have to stand up and do it! 

Um, errrr, mumble, quiver, sweat.

We’re going to a networking meeting
We’re looking for referrals
What a beautiful day
We’re not scared

Oh, what’s this?

One navy suit…..
…Two shiny black shoes……
……..A big box of business cards…

AARRGH – IT’S AN ACCOUNTANT! 

Quick, hurdle over the chairs
Sprint past the bar
Back into my car

Drive home
Into the house
Pour some wine 

Grab a Mars Bar
Run up the stairs
Hide under the covers

We’re not going to a networking meeting again!

 

(NB. Apologies to any Accountants – I know several Accountant’s who are lovely but I needed to pick a profession with the right number of syllables to fit the poem – well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!!)

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