Three women who have a great experience from the power of networking have shared with us their views and stories. They are all professional women using the network to promote a sense of self-worth, solidarity and the building of common bonds exchanging a great energy with each other.
Jilly Clark – Design and Brand Consultant
Businesswomen all over the UK regularly meet, network, interact, learn, and collaborate together. When women network together they are ready to support and not just ‘sell’ as in some mixed networking groups. Some women, especially when starting out on their own, need and value the support of their sisters in business, even though they may have been successful in the corporate world.
Women only networking allows them to gain confidence in a relaxed but mutually supportive atmosphere enabling them to flourish as Divapreneurs.
Women only networking allows them to gain confidence in a relaxed but mutually supportive atmosphere enabling them to flourish as Divapreneurs. A women only forum allows them to discuss and share issues exclusive to women, and to grow and develop their business skills in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Women seem naturally happy to help others by drawing on their wide base of trusted contacts to pass on referrals and collaborate in business.
Women only networking is a boost of motivation, focus and both personal and business growth. I always come away from a networking event enthused about my business & the future.
Nell Mead – Clinical Director, Victory Health & Performance Limited
When I first left the Army to set up my private physiotherapy practice in London, I thought networking was just a way to bring in new clients, but luckily I went along prepared to be open-minded, because over the past two years I’ve learned it’s so much more than that!
For a start, we give a new elevator pitch every month – and as a result, I’ve got much better at distilling and presenting new ideas and telling my story. But more than that, I’ve learned about how other fantastic women in my group can help me to grow both my business and my personal life.
I’ve received fantastic advice on how to share my expertise through blogging and video – and through the power of referrals, I’ve received thousands of pounds’ worth of business.
Through Women’s Network, I’ve met a solicitor and a financial adviser who’ve helped me and my family; a designer who’s helped create a logo for my new business and recommended an interior designer for my new clinic. I’ve received fantastic advice on how to share my expertise through blogging and video – and through the power of referrals – I’ve received thousands of pounds’ worth of business.
The ladies I have met have become a support network, a referral network, a ready supply of kindly and varied advice to tap into when I need it – and they have become people I’m proud to count among my friends.
Karen Maloney – Associate, for and on behalf of Blake Morgan LLP
In my view the power of connection and networking for women is immeasurable. In today’s world where there are so many social media forums and networking events, it is easy to become swept away with networking without really giving any thought as to why you do it. I personally prefer face to face connecting and networking as this enables me to really get to know someone and understand them, their business, and how I can assist them not just in their personal life but in their professional life. Both are equally as important to me as a service provider.
Connecting with other like-minded people not only helps grow my network but increases my awareness of issues affecting others and has definitely over the years increased my confidence.
For me connecting with other like-minded people not only helps grow my network, but increases my awareness of issues affecting others and has definitely over the years increased my confidence. I am fortunate enough to work in a large company where there are lots of other people with whom I can connect and network. For many of my fellow Athena members this is not the case. Being able to understand the issues affecting small business and new start-ups and offering advice / assistance where I can is very rewarding and the reason why I have continued to be a member of Athena for 5 years.