The thing that I constantly blog about and drive in to my clients heads is to stop procrastinating. When you see an opportunity to better yourself, take it! That is exactly what I did on Sunday, August 20, when I attended Intros & Collabos networking party hosted by Events by Celeste.
The afternoon started with a singing lesson for my daughter turned into a last minute invite. In the beginning I was not going to attend but I quickly thought to myself ”This will be an opportunity for me to meet event planners and possibly other people that can help me.” I received a lot more than what I anticipated.
Intros & Collabos was one of the best networking events I attended. The crowd of professional entrepreneurs was of moderate size and enough for everyone to network comfortably. Like I said, this was a last minute invite from my sister-in-law, Mayra Figueroa-Clark, #The LoveExpert; therefore, I did not have business cards or a pitch for myself. That didn’t stop her from encouraging me to network. The result was certainly memorable.
After everyone introduced themselves, entrepreneurs flocked to me in regards to wanting to write a book. Thank the Lord for modern technology. I was still able to make a lasting impression without my business cards. I put my contact information into their device. Absolutely no way of dropping or misplacing it now.
So What Can Networking do For a Writer’s Career?
- Give you fans and opportunities in all types of industries.
Try to attend as much networking conferences as you can and not only specifically in your niche. If you are writing about a spaceship flying to Saturn, go to a scientist convention. All you have to do is tell them you are writing a book about spaceships and not only would they be interested in reading it but also they may be willing to help you with your research.
- Be the shell breaker you need.
Hard to believe but I am an introvert. If Mayra did not push me (let’s be honest, give me the ‘you better do this’ look,) I know I would had sat in my seat and soaked in the ambiance. Without a speech I explained who I was and what I can do for them. In less than a minute people knew how I can be of service to them.
- Prove business cards are not the only way to leave a memory.
Besides not being properly dressed for the occasion, I did not have business cards with me. This did not stop people from getting my contact information. Having social network exposure really helps. This is why I stress to my clients to get a blog. As a result of not having business cards and still getting contacts, I am going to add this no card concept to my branding. Giving my number and putting theirs in my device, is a confirmed way to stay in contact with potential fans or clients. Tell your contacts to make sure it is stored in a cloud or somewhere safe in case the phone zombies decide to attack.
- Introduce you to fans and more fans.
I have new friends! I have people I can call on when my clients want to hold an event and need a complimentary outfit to wear-jbaldymac. Of course getting there without having to stress about directions and traffic-Borden Transportation is also something I can give to my clients. Let’s not forget about looking gorgeous for the crowd-Flawless Faces. All these entrepreneurs and gifts inspired me to continue to inspire you.
At the end of the day I gained more contacts in three hours than I did in six months. I am excited about going to more events and hope to have and other contacts help me with the premier party for my first novel. Networking improved my writing because more people are depending on me and expecting my book. I have more accountability and less reason to procrastinate.
Have you been to a networking party? What have it done for you?