Who me? In a women's group?
This was an early networking group organized,
I think, by the San Jose Chamber of Commerce.
Guess why I attended?
Here's a clue:
Every month I'd join a luncheon or a mixer and
meet lots of entrepreneurs and Admin Assist's.
These women planned their companies' holiday
parties, open houses, and business banquets.
We chatted about many things, including how
I'd bring fun and elegance to their next festivities.
Sure enough, before long my band was included
in many of their celebrations.
I'm ALWAYS looking to meet more people like this.
Are YOU one?
"Women In Business" was one of my first awkward
forays into face-to-face networking. It gave me
lots of practice making small talk with friends.
It gave me a reliable stream of engagements for
the band and the confidence to keep networking.
Why am I telling you about my early networking?
Because I think YOU might like this strategy, too.
Perhaps you're already using it. Am I right?
In recent years, many newer groups have replaced
"Women In Business" in my networking schedule.
Today I focus my networking on groups whose members
serve Special Events, especially weddings and parties.
Here's one of my favorite groups:
I've been active in NACE (National Association of Catering
and Events). A few years ago several of my colleagues in the
San Francisco chapter announced plans for their annual gala .
This party is always sensational, and I wanted to join
the fun. To work with the best of the best.
I immediately offered to bring my trio to entertain
during the cocktail hour.
With many additional top volunteers teaming up, it
was a fabulous evening for everyone who attended.
Were you there?
I was glad to help, of course, and a number of
the evening's guests have since contacted me
to entertain at their own clients' events.
Are you noticing a pattern here? It's my favorite
tip about networking.
Here's that Tip I promised:
When you decide to network, join a few
groups of colleagues and potential clients.
Offer to HELP everyone, everywhere you can.
I've found the more you offer, the more you'll receive.
Now after collaborating all these years, my colleagues
know that we create the perfect mood for celebrating.
Especially at weddings and parties. We always
customize special music to suit the occasion.
So if YOU'RE looking specifically for help with your
wedding or party music, you can always ask me.