As a relatively new member of BBW and just launching my own business, Willing Voices, I was very interested to be able to attend the training on LinkedIn as I know it is a very good tool for furthering connects in the business world. I did in fact rearrange my day so that I could attend and I was very glad to for so many reasons.
Firstly, because apart from setting up my own profile, I had no idea how to then fill in that profile, make connections or comments, how to find leads, make recommendations or get the most out of it. The training was very useful and I now know exactly what I need to include in my profile and just as importantly what not to include.
Rangita Shah’s enthusiasm for LinkedIn was obvious and despite some technical difficulties she was able to show us how to make the most of LinkedIn and why it is such a good tool for building your connections.
One major point that stuck in my mind was regarding ‘direct selling’ or spamming people. Nobody wants to connect with someone if they think they are just going to be bombarded with spam emails and requests to buy their product or use their business, it has to be a two way street. So to choose your connections wisely.
The second reason I was very glad to attend the meeting was more to do with the BBW network. I am a singer and singing teacher and having worked in the music industry and education for the past 20 years, I need all the help I can get to make my ideas a reality and launch my business.
One aspect of my work is running singing workshops, where we sing through the songs from a show and make a joyful noise. I want to take these workshops into a corporate setting and run confidence building sessions. Singing is such an amazing thing to do as a group as it relieves stress, releases the same endorphins as exercise (without the sweat!) and it brings people together, gets them working as a group rather than as individuals and most importantly is fun!
The third reason I was so glad I went was that I met various new people including some one who would like to have lessons. I also made an appointment with someone for a meeting to discuss working together in the future. So had I not attended I would not have made those connections.
At a previous BBW meeting another member got us to focus on why we attended the meetings. Much as the social aspect is great we are there to promote our business so I changed the focus of my elevator pitch and as a direct result made the appointment.
Through BBW I have developed some lovely relationships and my confidence in my new business is growing because the more people I meet and speak to about Willing Voices, the more opportunities open up to me. I have learnt so much from so many different sectors and from people I would never have met, had I not joined BBW.