For years I tried to fight my curls but I’ve grown to appreciate what I have.
My first tip involves what happens when you, or someone else, vigorously scrubs your hair during shampooing. 🙂
There are actually different seasons to consider when networking. The very busiest and most lively time of year to network is January through April. In January, many people are launching new businesses and are anxious to meet new people. If you are a beginner to networking you’ll fit right in because there will be many newbies in the crowd anxious to make new connections. You can work through figuring out your networking strategies together and you won’t feel like the only one in the crowd that doesn’t know everybody.
Another thing that happens in January is that in the beginning of a New Year, many seasoned networkers look at their networking habits from the previous year and commit to making more connections in the upcoming year. It’s kind of like a New Year’s resolution for business. Business people approach the New Year with a renewed sense of determination and purpose for their businesses just like they do in their personal lives. They set goals and do their best to stick to them. Whether it’s the veteran networker or the newbie, there will be well-attended events everywhere you go and lots of new people to meet. Just like with personal New Year’s resolutions, often as the months pass by, the commitment starts to fade and people will drop off. By March and April, you’ll notice a lower attendance rate, as only the most serious networkers will continue with their commitments.
With this in mind, I urge you to get out there and visit some new groups like Network Texas which has many chapters to choose from. Find a group where you enjoy the people and can connect! Once you’ve found it, attend regularly and really get to know everyone. I promise, it’ll pay off for you!
Read more in my book, Networking: Naked & Unafraid.
~ Tweetable: Networking is simply starting a conversation with no destination in mind. ~
I am fortunate to be able to interact with and touch many lives. As a writer, speaker, and instructor, I get all kinds of feedback from others. Most of the time the comments are delightful. Occasionally there is one that jolts me a bit but I do listen to the criticism. I know it will make me better, especially if it’s given with love.
But that isn’t what this is about. It’s about the praises! I’ve received emails, thank you notes, texts, social media accolades and personal compliments. I’ve been told that I inspire and motivate others. People have come back to me after months or even years of hearing me speak and tell me that something I said helped them through a tough time. This tells me they can see that little light inside and it lifts my soul!
I delight in seeing smiles, hearing laughter, and even seeing tears because of something I’ve said. Knowing that I have been used to positively affect someone else with my words inspires me like nothing else. I want you to know, YOU inspire ME! You bless me! You make me a better person! You are my inspiration and I want to thank you. Thank you for opening yourself up to me. Thank you for being kind enough to let me know that you were moved in a positive way. Thank you for the love.
Here’s the really important part; You inspire everyone around you! You shine! You don’t have to be a writer, speaker or instructor. Just live your life and share your joy with others. Your life is your message! You never know when you will touch a life in a positive way. It kinda works like karma; whatever you put out there will come back to you. You will be blessed every time you are a blessing!
I did my part the other day to entertain the Body Combat class at the YMCA. Somehow my feet got tangled as I was moving backward, my arms went flying and I was doing all I could to NOT face plant on the gym floor! I thought I had it under control and began to laugh at myself. Then somehow, my momentum continued to propel me back through several rows of Body Combaters behind me as they moved aside to make way for the outta control crazy lady. It was like parting the Red Sea!
Yes, that was me! I wish there would have been a video of this spectacular event because it was truly amazing that I didn’t go down all the way. You should have seen the looks on the faces of the people behind me trying to move out of my way. Hilarious! When I finally got back to my spot, I started laughing so hard that I became slightly delirious. You know how you can get when you don’t seem to be able to stop laughing and move on? Yup!
This kind of got me thinking about more than what had just happened. First, I’m thankful that I wasn’t really hurt, except maybe my ego just a little bit. I’m also glad my sense of humor was ready to kick in because it was one of those things that you couldn’t possibly act like it was nothing. Seriously, I was wearing a BRIGHT orange top. It was hard to miss me as I went flying! Being able to laugh at yourself in times like this is super important. We all stumble from time to time. Don’t take yourself so seriously that you fail to see the humor. Laugh it off, pick yourself up and keep going!
The other thing that got my mind pondering was how much my momentum propelled me in the direction I happened to be moving, which was backward. It begs the question, where is your momentum taking you? Are you moving forward? It’s a good time to assess the direction you are currently moving in and perhaps refocus your sights on the course you wish to travel.
I encourage you to take a few minutes today and create energy for forward progress. Maybe you’re ready to make huge strides or maybe you can only take a few baby steps. Just start moving in the direction you want to go. When you do this, eventually momentum will help propel you in the right direction.
By the way, if you’re thinking of moving in the path of physical fitness, I highly recommend the YMCA! It’s a great place to workout! If you ever see me there, don’t be a stranger, come say hi! 🙂
I feel like birthdays are the one day that it’s okay to let it be about me. So many of us are motivators for others. It’s what we love and what we spend our lives doing. We seldom allow others to give to us. It almost feels selfish if we do. I think on our birthday, it’s allowed! It’s our time to be loved on, motivated and inspired.
One of my favorite things that I do every single day is to reach out to others on their birthdays and wish them happiness. It isn’t just an exercise that I go through. I really do think about people on their birthdays and truly wish them the best. Social Media has made it really easy to keep up with people as it has also expanded my circle of “friends”.
On my journey over the last 6 years, I have been honored to connect with so many special people who I now call friend. So many of you have been there for me with kind words, inspiration, advice and motivation just when I needed it. You may not even be aware of how much you’ve helped me but you have kept me going.
Today I am blown away by all the wishes I have received. I’ve gotten a love note, cards, phone calls with Birthday songs in more than one language, texts, emails, Facebook posts, private messages, LinkedIn messages and tons of love. All the positive vibes and energy coming my way truly overwhelm me.
I am very aware that some of the messages have come from people who are hurting, lost jobs, lost loved ones, are stricken with disease and suffering in so many ways. The fact that they have taken a moment to think about me on my day is so very humbling. It is an honor to have friends like this.
I say, “thank you” to each of you. You have inspired and touched me and all I can hope to do is somehow reciprocate. I sincerely care about all of you and wish you the best of everything in your life! You are INCREDIBLE!