Whether your business has a brick and mortar store or you have a home office you need to constantly look for ways to network.
Last month I was one of the sponsors for a luncheon in honor of International Women’s Day. Everyone at the event received a goody bag. One of the items was a copy of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
As I looked through the paper a photo of Lori Greiner caught my eye. Lori was going to be a part of an event called Mentoring Monday Tampa where she would be speaking to women in 40 different locations at the same time. After reading that I knew I had to be a part of this event.
The event was going to be like those speed dating events you may have heard of. You get 5 minutes to talk to the other person and then a bell dings and your done! In this instance women meet with a mentor for 5 minutes. When the bell dings it’s time to move on. Sounds like fun doesn’t it?
Networking events are so much fun especially when you know the Art of Networking.
From the moment I got there I could feel the high energy level. The room was buzzing with all the conversations that were going on before the event started.
I was able to connect with some women business owners which is always such a pleasure!
None of us knew exactly how things would progress just that it was going to be totally different than anything we’ve experienced before.
When I had checked the registration online it said there would be about 130 women attending but I later read there were more than 150.
Then President and publisher of Tampa Bay Business Journal Bridgette Bello ushered us into the room where 40 mentors were waiting.
Bridgette welcomed us to the event and also made a big announcement. It’s the new Bizwomen.com site. If you haven’t signed up I suggest you do!
I couldn’t help but take out my iPhone and snap a few pics so here they are:
There were several people who were sponsors and they spoke to us briefly. As an Award winning videographer I have to say I enjoyed the video from ADT ( who was one of the sponsors). People think about having alarms for their homes but what about their places of business?
Lori Greiner who you might know from the popular show “Shark Tank” ( one of my favorite shows) addressed the event which was televised in about 40 locations.
Lori talked about women in business and mentioned her new book that was recently published. There’s no doubt Lori is an inspiration to many women. She’s created over 400 products and holds 120 U.S. and International patents.
Then the event began!
Everyone had a card with the name of the mentor they were going to be able to sit down with for 5 minutes. The room was loud to say the least as everyone had their ongoing conversations.
It was so exciting for me to be able to show my book to several of these mentors and explain The Mine System Of Learning. My goal was to reach out to these women to let them know I was also available to help other women in business whether it’s speaking at events or teaching in person. After talking to one of the mentors she suggested I become a mentor for the event next year!
Before you knew it the event was coming to a close!
You could tell each of the mentors really wanted to be a part of this event and offering valuable suggestions to everyone they came in contact with and isn’t that what it’s all about?
It made me think of the different women in business that I have been able to help personally and through my book Sexy, Savvy and Successful – A Woman’s Guide On How To Start A Business, Gain Financial Freedom and Buy More Shoes!. There’s no better feeling than knowing you made a difference in someones life.
I listen to the conversations at networking events and the one thread that continues is the need to market your business. My next book will focus on that topic but in some creative ways.
What can we learn from events like this?
One of the take aways for me was that women are looking for mentors and coaches. We all have ideas and goals that need to be shared with others who might be able to guide us in different directions.
As we network we might go to the same groups but we don’t all have the exact same contacts. The contact we have can make the difference in the life of someone else when we share that.
The big question is how can you share who you know with a women in business that can make the difference for her?
It made me decide to offer my services as a mentor/coach one Monday per month to my members of The Mine System Of Learning where anyone who likes will get 10 minutes of speed coaching. Sounds like a great way to give back don’t you think?
To all of the mentors who participated I want to say “Thank You” for taking the time out of your busy schedules to be at this event.
How might you be able to share your expertise with others?
Share your thoughts and comments below. I’d love to hear what you have to say.
Be Savvy And Successful!