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9 Networking Tips to Help You Truly Connect with Others

Written by Julie Boyer

networking tips for female entrepreneurs and mompreneurs at events

Where are you creating connections in your life? Learning to network and creating positive relationships is not only a skill that we need in business, but also a very important life skill. What I have found is that networking is about building relationships and serving others. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and building networks.

When we network, it can be at a specific networking event or in our everyday lives. A networking event is not a place to simply give your card to everyone you see. The most important thing is to create a connection with them first. We can also be of service to someone by connecting them to someone else. Not everyone enjoys networking, but in my opinion, being able to create connections quickly with new people is a life skill, whether you are in business or not.

Here are a few of my favourite ways to network:

1. Greet everyone you meet with a smile, and look them in the eye.

For some, this is obvious and simple to do. For others, this is a challenge to overcome on a daily basis. Practice doing this next time you are out running errands. Simply take a quick moment to catch the eye of people walking by and quickly smile. The key to this is not to worry about what the other person does. It’s not important whether they react or not, it’s about being present for one small moment and acknowledging another human being.

2. Start a conversation with an interesting question. 

Most of us will start with the same question – what do you do? One of my favorite questions is: what do you like to do for fun on the weekends? It starts the conversation on a different tangent and can help you to find common ground quickly. Our goal is to create a connection, and often it’s our hobbies or passions that connect us immediately.

3. Listen to what others have to say. 

This may also seem like an obvious thing, however we often find ourselves formulating our own response in our mind while we are listening to others. In order to become a great connector, we’ve got to listen carefully to find out how we can be of service to others.

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Creating Your Schedule for Success – Free Time Management Template!

Mompreneurs Time Map and Schedule Template for Women Entrepreneurs
Here we are – a brand new year, and a clean slate to get our business lives and personal lives in order! What better way than to organize your schedule or ‘time map’ so that you can help set a new routine for yourself and accomplish as many of your business goals as possible this year.

Why Scheduling is Important
As an entrepreneur, every minute of every day matters. If you’re not scheduling your time, you’re kind of flying by the seat of your pants, and will surely find yourself with an unending list of things to do, without an end in sight.

Scheduling your time on a daily and weekly basis can help you focus on the tasks that must be done right away, should be done by end of the day, and would be wonderful if done by the end of the week.

What’s Important Enough to Be “Scheduled”?
This is an element that changes based on your wants and needs.

  • Are you the kind of business owner who will work without a break from 9am to 3pm, just to get everything done before you’re back to being ‘mom’? If so, schedule a break for eating and even going to the bathroom. It may sound funny, but putting a little reminder on your smartphone that tells you it’s been 3 hours since you got up from your desk can help keep a bigger picture in check for you.
  • Do you have an unrelentless inbox that, no matter how hard you try, and no matter how late you stay up replying to emails, just doesn’t seem to get better? Schedule the first hour of every day to catch up on emails (only!) – put your phone on silent, clear your schedule for this important work, and get as much done in 1 hour as you can.
  • If you have young children at home, or you are a caretaker for your parents or other relatives and loved ones, make sure you schedule the necessary time where you are needed as such. You won’t do anyone any good if you are supposed to be making breakfast and packing lunches, but instead you’re on your phone with a client. By dedicating time for your family’s needs in your schedule, you can be held accountable for their needs, but they can also see that you are focused on them for consistent amount of time.
  • What about YOU? Do you take time out to go for a run or workout, or read up on the latest marketing news, or even go for a massage? Don’t forget to work some personal time into your schedule as well – without you, your business wouldn’t be here in the first place. So take care of you!

 

Keep these simple ideas in mind when you’re filling out your Schedule, and be sure to not only fill it out, but print it out, stick it to your office wall, and schedule items of importance along with reminders in your mobile calendar as well.

Download Our FREE Time Map Template!

 

PS: You’ll see a note in our template about Robin Sharma’s “Holy Hour”… a 5am wake-up call isn’t for the faint at heart, but it can do wonders for your productivity. Feel free to use or take out of the template, as you wish! It’s merely there as a reference.