A Star is Born
When I first muted the idea of Truly Me, I was hesitant about the journey to make it happen. I did want to make a difference and I had perceived some flaws but thought about all the challenges to bring it to fruition and bulked. Anyway I took the plunge very suddenly in August, with the aim of piloting a programme, for women that turns away from the traditional form of networking and that would be flexible, adaptable and provided underpinning support.
What I Call Traditional Networking
I did some On- line research and found:
· There is an annual membership fee often from £150 – 275/annum, some, in addition charge joining fees.
· Format of events tend to take the following shape-
Invited speaker, entrenched panel, networking- consisting of roving, talking and exchanging cards, sometimes a meal, sometimes a 1 minute intro from participants, sometimes speed networking
· There are free events, far less structured and limited but good to mingle and break the isolation of being self- employed.
With my management consulting and business advisory background, I saw the flaws and decided on another approach that would leverage the purpose for most business women networking- leads; not- for – profits- exposure & capacity building; professionals, career engagement in a socialized environment. I would do this all within the context of continual cross – sector engagement, shared learning and enhanced business performance (browse the site, visit FB).
Truly Me Launched
Truly Me was born on 24th September 2013. The format of the event and interactive nature of it, was well received and proved to be a success, from feedback. However, despite a large number booked, actual turnout was lower than anticipated. This is something I am now working on very hard, so the business growth solution, fully delivers every time. I am also formalising the structure and looking to bring even greater value by seeking sponsorship
The Journey So Far
So far it has been a learning curve of hope, disappointment, learning, challenges and partial success. I discovered I needed a new partnership approach, learnt about using social media more effectively, what to avoid, learnt not to rely on people; if you need to get something done, do it yourself! Most of all I got to meet some really great women, with a passion and drive to succeed. This has provided me, with greater impetus to carry on and see my vision of Truly Me reach its potential. Thanks for the support and encouragement, so far and to those that disappointed, still hope we can work together in future.