Have you ever created or completed something amazing - a feat of bravery, major organisational change or maybe a magnificent piece of art?
Have you then experienced the feeling of putting this incredible achievement out into the universe to be recognised for the beautiful, awe-inducing thing that it is?
Holding your breath, has the universe responded positively? Have those around you clapped you on the back, offered you a promotion, awarded you with a prize, or sent your art work into the best sellers list? Have they provided you with external validation for what you have created? Saying yes, this is amazing, keep doing it, we love it?
And then. Once all the glory of this validation rubs off, have you been left with a feeling of terror? A feeling deep within you that questions whether you'll ever be able to create something EVER AGAIN that tops what you just did.
1. Try not to use the word networking.
We're quickly learning that the first rule about networking, is to call it anything BUT networking. Most of the people I speak to - typically women aged 30 - 55 - strongly dislike the word networking. It brings to mind awkward encounters, business suits, name badges, business cards and conversations designed to establish, as quickly as possible, whether you are a. important or b. going to help the other person further their goal. Many people I know see networking as a requirement for their job. A meat market of business titles, with everyone trying to further their own interests. So they don't do it, or they only do it out of a sense of duty.
I'm Michelle, based in Hamilton, raising two boys, a ginger cat and many vegetables. I have been involved with the work of Magnetic Hub since March 2015 and consider it 'home' in many ways. Accustomed to leading female-only groups, I continue to be energised by the beautiful wisdom that unfolds from women in a room, talking together. Read my musings and learn about our work - newsletter sign-up below... Enjoy. Michelle x