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Do you have these people in your circle, your tribe, your squad, or on your team?

Three women networkingAs entrepreneurs, we NEED to surround ourselves CAREFULLY with those who uplift us... not tear us down. (Our self-doubt can do that without any help from others) :)

Be the person who puts others at ease.

You’ll quickly move from first impressions to deep connections by being memorable for all the right reasons. Whether you're attending a local networking breakfast or meeting new leaders around the boardroom table, you'll want to consider this conversation style to practice and master. Be interested, instead of interesting.

Were they dead when we hired them, or did we kill them?

Nurse Working In MorgueThis is often the joke amongst HR types who think they have their finger on the pulse of their organizations. Most often they are far from knowing what really is going on in the minds of their employees.

From the desk of an encore career entrepreneur

 

The Beginning 

Laptop-computer-and-coffee-in--86943893When life and work get challenging, it’s tempting to look at other people and assume they’re way further ahead than we are. Appearances, though, can be deceiving. Some people are holding things together on a wing and prayer and an overdraft account. I wanted to be transparent and be a role model for other women who wanted to take a leap, get messy, fall down seven times and get up eight. On the tough days I had to keep reminding myself that whatever path I was on, I chose it so the only thing to do was to embrace it and make it my own. Even when it was lonely as hell.

paintI've always held creative people in high regard.  I'm in awe of their ability to create something fabulous from even the smallest spark of an idea. I attract creative types, always have. I love to ask them a million questions about "how they do it." They comply. I often wonder if it is because they know I respect their abilities or whether the universe is nudging me to join them. Either way I welcome their brilliance and within my SheConnex community, I like to refer to them as my SoulPreneurs. 

professional businesswoman1. Stay at Home

Don’t meet new people, and relying totally on your current contacts. Continue to think the business leaders in your area know it all. Wait for your industry to tell you what’s on trend. Expect people to find you. Surround yourself with the same people you always have, even when you know intuitively that those relationships are not serving you anymore. Remind yourself that it’s hard to meet new friends and contacts who will inspire you.