Why you should step away from the computer and network face-to-face

Last week was a busy one and this one isn’t much quieter, either!

Last Wednesday I was asked to do a short talk on creating Udemy courses for the Eastern region High Performing Women, which is a local gathering of a now national networking group. It was at the beautiful (and surprisingly local to me) Moggerhanger Park in Bedfordshire…

High Performing Women lunch at #moggerhangerpark

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Each time I get out and network face-to-face it reminds me of how important it is to step out from behind the PC. I’m a huge fan of social media, but nothing beats talking to people in the flesh, and if you can do a presentation that’s even better because you can reach many more people per event.

The contacts you make when out and about can last years, too. At this lunch I caught up with Liz Weston, who I first met at the Mumpreneur UK conference in 2010. My first contact with Suzanne Dibble, founder of High Performing Women was at a Mums The Boss meeting back in 2009 – and six years later I’m asked to speak at an event!

(Thanks very much to Caroline Ferguson, host of the Eastern region event for inviting me.)

This Friday, the 8th May I’ve been asked to speak about my experience of creating and selling information products at Huntingdon Business Women by Ann Hawkins, whom I met about three years ago at The Likeminded Network in St Neots. So although I haven’t been networking face-to-face very much – or even very far – over the last few years, the contacts I’ve made have been long-lasting and have lead to other opportunities. I’ve made a point of following up and staying in touch on social media though, which is very important if you aren’t meeting people face-to-face on a regular basis.

So if you’re sitting at your PC wondering if it’s worth going to a networking event, go out and do it!


2 thoughts on “Why you should step away from the computer and network face-to-face

  1. I couldn’t agree more! As you know, I’m a social media consultant and I also run Enterprising Mums in Sandy. Networking on-line and off-line work hand in hand. The contacts you meet face to face will grow by connecting and nurturing on social networks. If you meet people on-line, you need to take those relationships offline as well in order to deepen those links and build your relationship. Great blog 🙂

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