Today, Day 228 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, was spent presenting “Kick Up Your Networking Skills for Career Success” and promoting Seasons of Her Soul, my debut novel, which released last week. With two of my passions in play, and with the first copy of my book in hand, the day should have been perfect, however, pain from a nasty fall getting into the shower this morning put a bit of of a pallor on it and prevented me from experiencing it as positively as I would have otherwise. That said, I’m grateful grabbing the shower curtain stopped me from doing myself a serious injury so I could still attend and for the aid of powerful pain relievers and prayer from participants. Though stiff and shaken (the fall was scary), it was a joy to present on networking based on my own mess to success journey from social media non player to posting on purpose daily and to be able to weave Seasons of Her Soul into my storytelling.
The fact that networking is relational was the consistent theme that ran through the workshop. I’ve come to understand this through attending networking events that focus on building relationships instead of just distributing business cards. Prior to that, like many, my experiences with networking had me convinced it was about transactions or making the ask – for the contact info, the meeting, or the purchase. I’m not a natural salesperson, so even though my ultimate goal is to sell my coaching services and now my book, the latter didn’t sit well with me. On the other hand, I am naturally friendly and find it’s often easy for me to rapidly establish rapport with women, who I adore and live to serve. When I began to view networking as connecting with women I can coach, encourage and inspire through social media and face-to-face, networking no longer felt daunting but doable. Often, during blog or FB exchanges and conversations, the Ds or challenges women face on the home front and in the workplace come up, then I can be purposeful about offering support through Pink Collar Savvy & Chic services and products. Peddling my wares or living my purpose? Hmm…No contest!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author and speaker, I’m thankful that after years of partnering with High Heeled Success to present workshops and having my bio, intro and the speaker’s page state that my novel was soon to be released, it’s finally here! Having some of the participants buy a copy was amazing. Not just because I made the sale, but because we made the connection. The women who bought the book were the ones with could relate to the main character, Lee’s story. And mine. That’s networking -and promoting – at it’s best. Fall aside, the day really was Pink Collar Savvy & Chic perfect.
How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic about networking? In your professional and/or personal life? What do have to offer? What do you need? How can you establish networking relationships that are reciprocal?
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Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach