Networking – Grow Your Business

When I began my Arbonne journey I had no clue as to how I was going to meet people and promote my business, especially since I moved countries a few months before and literally knew no-one. I had the usual questions from my up-line, what about your dentist, your doctor, chiropractor……Seriously, we moved countries, not cities or states. We were newly registered with medical practitioners, so we didn’t really know them. We had no history over here. I didn’t even know where I was, just finding the supermarket required my GPS!

Shortly into my Arbonne journey I was introduced by an Arbonne Consultant to the founder of a women’s networking event.

Now, I had never been to a networking event like this, I didn’t know what networking was! All these terminologies I hadn’t heard of before, direct sales, network marketing, tag line, sales pitch and so on. I was overwhelmed and quite intimidated, not in the least bit nervous, really who am I kidding, I was petrified!

I set my GPS (only had been driving on the wrong side of the road a few weeks that is another story) with my hands clutching the steering wheel I eventually found the place where the meeting was being held.

The organizer of the event greeted me at the door, she gave me a name badge, a roster and pointed me in the direction of the other women attendees and the food table.

Have you ever felt like you were the elephant in the room?

It seemed that everyone knew each other, I wanted to escape! I had no idea of what to say or what they were chatting about. I was completely out of my comfort zone and so naive.

The meeting began with the hostess explaining the format, reading the mission statement plus the rules – what was acceptable and what was not. Everyone in attendance had paid $20 to attend and now each person had 3 mins to talk about themselves and their business. When my turn arrived, I was literally shaking, I could feel heat building up, my hands were sweaty and I am sure my face turned beetroot red, my heart was beating on overdrive. However, my English accent and I managed to get through the 3 mins albeit, with a little assistance from the audience.

I have to own up that I didn’t go back for a few months. however, during this time I did explore other networking groups and even joined a couple, building my confidence as well as my client base steadily. I began to realize that its all about building relationships, supporting others and giving back, not about hard selling (that’s not me by the way).

So, two years ago I went back to the first networking event I had been to. I was still nervous but, with no personal agenda and with more confidence, I was able to relax and enjoy myself. Where am I now? A Co-Leader of our group in Marietta. I have met and are still meeting some amazing women. I have more friends than I could ever have imagined and I continue to build relationships and grow my Arbonne business. This is truly an inspirational journey.

I encourage all of you to persevere with your goals, believe in yourself, get involved in networking events, get to know people. Today, we have our brunch meeting and it will be fun, exciting, warm and welcoming to the women who are attending.

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About geraldinestreet

An English Rose in the prime of her life, living my dream. This is my blog where you can read about my passions, my obsessions, my inspirations, my hope, my journey
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