The power of Networking- by Laura Morris (networking mummies)
Below is part of the networking mummies blog written by Laura Morris. It shows just how through networking my business was born and so my first team member was signed up! It's an amazing story and I just had to share it.
"This story shows the power of networking at its brilliance through Networking Mummies.
Kirsty Dee Bowerbank-Steel has been a member of Networking Mummies in Dorset for sometime now. She has worked very hard on building a business 'Work It Baby' from scratch and we like to think we have been with her along the way...
Julie Lacey is a Forever Living Consultant in our Hampshire branch.
The week before I was due to move back to Warwickshire, we had an event in Bournemouth about 'Chip and Pin' machines for your business. I spoke to Julie Lacey at this event for sometime about my upcoming move to Warwickshire and how I didn't know any mums up their with businesses so would have to ask around. She told me that the Forever Living Head Office is actually in Warwick and she would talk to a few people about me.
I then moved back to Warwickshire and I put a date in the diary for any mums in business to come to the first Networking Mummies (Warwickshire) event in a soft play area. I dragged along my long term friend from school Stacey, who I had known since the age of 4 for a bit of moral support. She was currently on maternity leave and didn't want to return to her demanding job but didn't know what she wanted to do.
Within 10 minutes in walks a bright, bubbly person called Sharon Bott. Along with some other people following closely behind. Sharon is also a business owner from Forever Living and the only reason she came is because Julie Lacey had suggested it!
When the meeting had come to an end I noticed Stacey and Sharon putting a date in their diaries to meet up...
A week later Sharon has signed Stacey up to Forever Living and Stacey is over the moon that she now has a job that means she can also spend time with her children.
Forward a few weeks later and I am having breakfast and she is telling me how she has set a business page up on Facebook and that she was posting about her products when someone called Kirsty sent her email asking about them. She spoke to Kirsty at length and Kirsty from Networking Mummies (Dorset) has now just become a distributor under Stacey's wing!
As we speak Stacey and Sharon are in Bournemouth at Kirsty's launch of her new business and with their products. I am so sad I can't be there as I did have the opportunity to go down with the girls but unfortunately I am sat with a pile of work that has a deadline.
I just love this story as it shows what me and Joanne are passionate about and how it has connected like minded people and businesses. It incorporates all 3 branches of Networking Mummies and shows what the power of networking can bringto small businesses.
As I always like to say 'It is not what you know it is who you know'..."