"Networking is probably the most effective way of generating
creative activity." -- James F. Lewin, SVP, Security
Pacific National Bank
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I Need to Know About SuccessI Learned Through Networking
a Consultant, I attend a lot of networking events, industry association
programs, and one-on-one meetings for breakfast, coffee or other
food-related events. Whenever I network or attend events, I always
tell people that it was worth my time and money if I gained just
one creative idea or contact from the experience. This past month
I really put that concept to the test by attending numerous networking
meetings, including one tele-networking event!
are a few nuggets that I picked up as I networked my way through
the past month.
Woman's Club of Minneapolis recently featured motivational
speaker Ann Ulrich, who said, "We create our own possibilities
for success by boldly creating opportunity from possibility."
According to Ann, combine possibility with perseverance and
professionalism and you have your own personalized recipe
for success. How do you create your own possibilities? By
being bold of course.
Think Big. Sandra Wakefield, an advocate
of Brilliant Living (her TV program bears that name), is also
an advocate of brilliant networking. She recently brought
together a group of like-minded women with the intent of connecting
them with an organization that could help make their business
goals and personal dreams come true. Not only did she inspire
these women to think big she inspired them to think about
how taking their businesses to the million dollar (or more!)
level. Now that's thinking big.
Tell Your Stories.
Tom Bengtson, owner, publisher and editor of Northwestern
Financial Review, has been in the industry long enough to
know what connects a writer to the reader or a speaker to
the audience: personal stories. He encouraged me to share
my own personal stories in my writing and my speaking engagements.
According to Tom, "We learn something about the person
who shares their stories, and there is value in that. But
the real reason to share your stories is to learn something
about yourself." The message? Sometimes the best lessons
in life we teach ourselves.
Develop a "kitchen cabinet."
Erin Dady works closely with aspiring women political candidates.
A panelist at the recent Joint Dinner of Women's Professional
Associations, Erin shared some advice that highlighted the
importance of having a trusted group of advisors on your team
that she called, "your kitchen cabinet." These were
the trusted men and women that you surround yourself with
around your kitchen table. This powerful network is a key
success factor when running for office. It can also be the
key to success if you are climbing the corporate ladder (think
mentors) or a growing a successful small business (think advisory
board). Net, net, regardless of what you call them, no woman
should be without the equivalent of a powerful "kitchen
Filter Advice. Judge Susan Burke, recent
panelist at the Joint Dinner of Women's Professional Associations,
spoke about her recent experience in running for public office.
In the early stages, every person she encountered (including
her boss, husband and parents) gave her a list of reasons
why she shouldn't run for office. That being the case, what
finally compelled her to run for office? "I learned to
beware advice from people who have a vested interest in the
outcome," stated Judge Burke. The lesson? Seek advice
but ultimately you need to make the final decision.
past month I was lucky enough to obtain the five great nuggets
I shared with you above. To recap: don't be afraid to be bold,
think big, or tell your stories. But during the process, remember
to surround yourself with trusted advisors but be sure to filter
any advice you receive. Not bad for a month's worth of networking.
Don't you agree?
is a management consultant and speaker with a special passion
for helping women achieve leadership success. Regina helps companies
develop strategies to attract, develop and retain women leaders.
Her consulting firm, Red Ladder, Inc., also helps organizations
and their leaders develop their full potential through strategic
project management and coaching. For more information visit www.RedLadder.com
Copyright 2006 Regina
Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
- This website features Ann Ulrich and her Bold!Factor approach
to business and life.
- This website features Tom Bengtson's musings about business,
religion, family and politics. To order Tom Bengtson's book, Emerging
Son, see the post for December 14, 2004
- Make Mine a $Million Business(TM) is a
national movement inspiring one million women entrepreneurs to
reach one million dollars in revenue by the year 2010. If you
are a woman entrepreneur with a plan to grow your business, we
encourage you to declare your intention today.
in hearing Regina speak? Here are some of Regina's upcoming programs:
6, 2006, Financial Women International Iowa District Conference,
Her Place at the Table, Ames, IA.
for information on how to register.
Red Ladder Programs:
Professional ROI. This program provides participants with
practical skills and confidence to handle themselves in almost
any business situation.
Barr, President of Red Ladder, Inc., holds a BBA, an MBA and an
MA in human development. With over seventeen years in the financial
services industry, Regina has a broad range of leadership experience
in product, sales, and marketing. Red Ladder provides people development
services for individuals and organizations with a goal of developing
people and inspiring success. In addition, Regina has a special
passion for helping companies attract, develop and retain women
What our clients are saying...
In addition to formulating a process to fit our clientele, Regina
brought a high degree of efficiency and experience to the table,
helping us avoid costly development mistakes."
- S. Sjoselius, Senior Vice President, Northeast Bank
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