I remember walking into that first Women in Business Networking meeting in June 2013. I had no idea what to expect, my palms were sweaty, I was sick to my stomach and I thought, many times, about turning around and going home. After 32 years in the healthcare industry, I had lost my job 5 months earlier. Following a few months on the couch, I decided to re-invent myself and open my own business as a Personal Assistant. Living in the medical world, I had no idea that there were Networking Groups out there. A friend of mine told me that if I were going to start my own business, I needed to get my name out there; I needed to network. Thanks Beth!
So there I was, by myself, walking into this group of ladies that I had never met. No idea what was about to happen, how the meeting was structured, or what role I would have to play in it. I was welcomed by the facilitator of the meeting and soon learned that I had to stand up, introduce myself and talk about my business! What was I going to say? What was my business? I had an idea, a business name and some homemade business cards but I was still SO unsure of SO many things! I wasn’t even officially open yet. Panic set in. What was I going to say? Thanks a lot, Beth!
Fast forward a year and a half later. I have been to more networking events than I can count and my business has grown because of it. Thank you so very much, Beth Reedy. In fact, I was offered and proudly accepted the Leadership Position of that same Women in Business Networking meeting that I so anxiously attended in June 2013. Change happens when you step out of your comfort zone.
Whether you run your own business or happily work for others, it is important for your growth and confidence to step out and do things that do not come easily to you. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
If you are a a solopreneur, small business owner, or work for one, I would love to hear how you have looked fear in the face and what you have done lately that was out of your comfort zone.
About the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Business Concierge/Personal Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps small business owners save time and money by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business. http://www.anotheryouerrands.com 937-416-2207