Dragged myself out of bed this morning at 5:00am in order to attend a Chamber networking meeting at 7:00am. (And, yes, it takes me a long time to make myself presentable. LOL). With little sleep during the night, I came very close to ignoring the alarm as it went off. I tried to convince myself that there weren’t going to be many people there, and the ones who were regular attendees weren’t my ideal clients in the first place. Plus they’ve all heard my spiel quite a few tines already, but I’ve not had any results. So far, I haven’t gotten much business from the Chamber, and was actually thinking about not renewing my membership. So, why waste my time?
But then…my voice of reason started talking to me. The voice reminded me that I hadn’t been to this monthly Chamber meeting since October – missing the November meeting due to a scheduling conflict and missing the December meeting because I had neglected to put the event into my calendar. And since I hadn’t gone to the last two meetings, I wasn’t able to promote my new product, “Website in a Day”. Then the voice continued to remind me that if I don’t show up – nothing will happen. I mean – you’ve got to show up, right? Success won’t come unless you show up. Relationship building won’t happen if I decide to shut off the alarm, roll over and pull the covers up over my head.
Oh, but it was sooooo tempting.
See what happens when you show up?
Bleary-eyed and still yawning, I walked into the restaurant where the meeting was being held. Geesh – I was the second person there. The first person who arrived was a new member! Yay!!! A NEW member. He had joined the night before, and this was his very first meeting. Then guess what? The next person who walked in was – you guessed it – another new member! Okay, now I’m waking up and ready to smell the networking. The three of us began conversing, sharing our stories as the other members walked in. I was then introduced to another new member. Christine is a graphic designer. I consider graphic designers a power partner (referral partner) for me. Oh boy – this meeting is really shaping up.
After settling in and ordering breakfast, we began our 30-second commercials. As I expounded my words of wisdom, one of the gals calls out, “I NEED to call you? Whoa.. she’s heard me before, we’ve chatted before, but she’s never given me a clue that she wanted to hire me. As I sat down, yet another new member, sitting at the next table directly behind me, tapped me on the shoulder and said, “I NEED a new website”. Handed me his card and said we’ll connect by February 1st.
And that’s not all… another regular member, with whom I’m already working with managing her blog, mentioned our working relationship during her own 30-second commercial. Very, very grateful for that.
So now the meeting is over. As I’m packing up my things, yet another new member approaches me. She’s in marketing and was interested in seeing how we could collaborate in business. Okay, was this a good morning or what?
Looking back to 5:00am
I’m so glad my voice of reason spoke up and got through to me. If I didn’t show up none of this would have happened to me. Two new clients, and two power partners, Not bad for 90 minutes of showing up.
Where do you show up? What type of networking works best for you? Please share you thoughts.