About a year ago, I attended the Women’s Success Summit in Miami with the intention to create connections, learn about the event’s production and find some inspiration. There, I met a wonderful young woman who was telling me all about her vintage furniture rental company. I was initially captivated. We had lunch together, sat next to each other and later met her business co-owner and husband at the cocktail party. We had a few laughs, exchanged business cards and that was that. Fast forward to today, that same woman will become my new boss. Whoa networking!
It works people! You just have to go out there and do it. If you’re the type that fears it, I’ll tell you my secret… Be yourself. That’s pretty much it. You are your own business card. Job opportunities, leads and connections are primarily driven by your personality and then by your knowledge. You may be a genius at what you do, but if you don’t tell people about it, you’re not going anywhere. Or you might tell people about it, but you sound like you are bored to death. No one wants to work with a bore! I’ll tell you a little more…
This past year has been a blessing. I started out on a journey of hope and discovery. I managed to work, relax, travel with the hubby, fortify friendships and establish new ones, network, explore different careers and most of all, I was able to do some serious soul-searching. That last thing was the hardest. I knew that giving myself a “year off” wasn’t going to be easy but I am so glad I did it. This introspective time has taught me to love and respect myself even more. In doing so, I feel like I have wings and I’m capable of making those tough decisions with better knowledge of where both my heart and my mind stand. This only enhanced my networking skills. I was an open book whenever I spoke. Honesty is always appreciated.
That said, the media industry came knockin’ on my door twice during the time in which I was supposed to accept or decline this job offer. Isn’t that ironic? These also surfaced due to networking. Life has it’s way of throwing you little curve balls every now and then. However, after much deliberation, the right choice was under my nose the entire time. All I had to do was consult it with my heart. I might have been excellent at my previous job, but there was no way that I would give that industry the love and dedication that I knew I would give this new venture. At least not now.
In the end, I’m so glad I put myself out there and did some networking! It surely paid off! As of next Monday June 9th, I will officially start at this new job where I will be dedicating my time to meeting new people (more details later). I can’t even begin to tell you how satisfying this feels. I’m so ready to hit the ground running. There is so much to learn and do! I’ll be greeted by a warehouse filled with gorgeous furniture, two kind-hearted, positive and motivated bosses, and two rescue doggies. Awww! Wish me luck!
Oh, and if you are looking for vintage furniture and/or event planning services for your wedding or special event in South Florida…. well… you know who to contact. ;-)
Thanks for reading!