Networking is out of most people’s comfort zones, and recently I attended a brilliant networking event called #WorkTheRoom at The Ivy in London. It was wonderful to meet so many entrepreneurs with so many different skillsets in one room and I learnt so much from them in just one afternoon which in itself was worthwhile.
When I speak to people who are starting out in their HR career, I always tell them that one of the strongest assets they ahve is their network. Love it or hate it, networking is essential to build a strong connections with other business professionals as it can help you achieve your personal and professional goals in a number of ways. Whether you’re looking for a new job, seeking career development, or simply seeking new opportunities, networking can help open the doors to make these things happen.
What it takes to create a successful business; keep showing up!
It was the world Statesman Colin Powell who once said that ‘There are no secrets to success.’ He went on to add that success ‘is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.’
As a businesswoman who gave up a high paid corporate role and started a business from my living room with no savings, I genuinely know what it is like to work hard, to spend so much time on preparation and like so many others, learning from my failures.
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness” – Oscar Wilde
This phrase is often a point of reference when people have been copied by someone else and was referred to in the famous case of Colin Vs Cuthbert. In my case, it’s my word for word content.
I have often had people copy my work, to be honest, it is expected within the profession we work in because there are similar and reoccurring themes. I haven’t really spoken about it either before, and maybe I haven’t because I feel embarrassed, or don’t want to come across as unkind. But I also realised that not many people do talk about it, especially when it’s on LinkedIn!
Coming out at work can be one of the most daunting experiences for an employee. There are no set rules around this. Who do they tell? It’s their private business after all. Although it is the individual’s very personal experience, they should not be made to feel that anyone they work with will think any differently towards them. They need to be assured that there is support from their colleagues and management. That said, there are a few important things employers can do to help.