The Power of Networking – The Global Woman Way
In today’s fast-paced world, from a simple connect on LinkedIn and a follow on Instagram, networking has shifted to the virtual world. It has never been easier to network – strategically planned events have turned into video calls and business cards have transitioned to QR codes. However, with varying quality images and backgrounds, or the camera switched off, we recognise the difference in the refreshing nature of face-to-face networking. Transitioning from Zoom calls and breakout rooms, putting the ‘in-person’ networking into practice, the businesswomen and professionals of Global Woman Club London opened the doors to new opportunities, kick-starting the week with their monthly Breakfast Networking Event.
Hosted at The Richmond Club, located in the charming town of Richmond, London, just a short walk from the world renowned Kew Gardens, over 40 women joined the team dressed in powerful black, croissant in one hand and a coffee in the other, for a morning of connections, career advice, mentoring and creative collaborations.
Welcoming the diverse room, both new and familiar faces, Mirela Sula delved into the power of networking for business and career progression. Calling upon stage our guest speakers, Juliet Morrison introduced the room to Maureen Hefferman, Founder of The Richmond Club, Dr Maggie Andi, Founder of Mill Hill Dental Practice, and Alexandra Foster, Executive Business Leader at BT. From the launch of The Richmond Club to a career in trading, Maureen and Alexandra shared their stories with the global women. A room full of women from various careers, backgrounds, cultures with a myriad of career goals, there’s always something to learn from another – find your allies and champions.
‘Time is key,’ Dr Maggie Andie said, ‘I believe that fifteen people in this room will change three people’s lives forever.’ Leaving the room with one request, Dr Maggie Andie encouraged the room to talk to at least 10 women, and build a connection with them. The secrets of face to face networking goes beyond the initial breaking the ice – don’t collect cards and usernames, create a human connection, find a common ground, and most importantly, follow up.
Career and business progression is as much about who you know as well as what we know. Encouraging women to reach out for new opportunities, Mirela Sula says, ‘If you believe you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.’ Find yourself in a room that not only inspires you, but challenges you to be better.
Mic in hand, the powerhouses of Global Woman Club London took to the stage to share their journey in the business world. In a room full of extroverts, ambiverts and introverts, confidence is a wavering skill. However, networking isn’t just about walking into a room full of strangers and charming them with your charisma, it’s about building connections, supporting the room, creating a safe space and listening.
‘The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.’
We are back next month for our Financial Empowerment Conference, as a powerful contribution for International Women’s Day – a day of world class speakers, exclusive learning and great networking opportunities. Join us on Tuesday 8th March and book your ticket today!