I find it very useful as I meet women from various fields of experience and they incorporate this into raising vital funds for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.
I also find the social side that the group offer an enjoyable experience and I like spending time with them.
I would recommend any woman in business come to one of our Connect meetings and see what we are about.
I found some events to expect too much commitment, or pressure for referrals. Others didn’t give me the opportunity to network effectively and tell everyone about my business. Some events I felt uncomfortable with, or too ‘hard sell’ or not friendly.
Connect has been a great asset to my business. Not only have I had lots of leads for my business but I gain so much more – from business support and friendship to a link to lots of things and people I did not know that I needed to know!
In 2014 I decided that I wanted to become a permanent member because I realised that if that ‘fix’ of positivity and business support became a monthly date in my diary I would benefit personally and professionally. I simply have no idea what took me so long to apply to become a member!
Meetings are well-run and managed, but retain a welcoming and friendly feel. If you come along to Connect prepared to give help and support, as well as receive it, I believe you will benefit from productive new connections and valuable business relationships.
The support and quality of referrals are second to none and the connections I made then are still there today. I’ve loved being asked back to speak at the meeting and can see the group has gone from strength to strength.
If it weren’t for my ridiculous schedule I’d re-join tomorrow, and would certainly recommend any ladies in business to go along to a meeting and experience the vibrancy and support for themselves.
For small businesses in particular, a supportive network such as this can be invaluable in helping you feel less isolated, particularly in the early stages of business development. If you are prepared to contribute to the group, you may find that the group becomes your virtual and extended sales team. Most importantly however, it’s entertaining too!
Meetings are always interesting, with excellent short talks from visiting speakers and / other members and there is a useful section at every meeting where members can air any business issues they may have and receive genuinely supportive advice from other group members.
For anyone feeling nervous about the traditional stand-up in front of a room full of strangers… not a problem. You will be amongst friends.
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