Two days ago, one of my ‘students/clients’, Carolyn Weston, propertyinvestmentideas.com rang to say she had made a request for me to join her as a guest speaker at the Women’s Insurance Network Christmas lunch.
She was presenting her story about investing in property and linking it to the power of networking, and she thought that was a perfect segue into why you must blog and connect with your community online.
Not so long ago, the thought of speaking in front of 60 women would have brought me out in hives. So what has changed and why?
Networking face to face can be daunting, especially if you are not easily able to break into a ‘cluster’ – that idea courtesy of Kate, who had come alone.
Networking online is an entirely different concept. It is liberating
If you come from a position that everything you say online needs to inform, help, inspire, challenge, educate and ultimately connect, you are providing a service. When you provide a service, or aim to make a difference, it instills within you a quiet sense of purpose. It is concrete and definite, it has meaning.
Why you must blog is in its infancy and still has a great deal of work to do to earn its stripes in terms of making a difference in people’s lives. But KasCare, the charity I co-founded with members of my family is not, and it has proved conclusively that you can have enormous impact when your goal is to serve.
So what has changed is that I have grown through KAS and the power of its global connections. Through the experience of being part of the such a simple idea implemented and the community that gathered about it to change lives for the better.
When you give you gain, without intention to do so, it is just the way it works.
I went without notes today or even a plan of what I would speak about. And what unfolded was just a lovely human story of a community around the world prepared to think about and act for tens of thousands of severely compromised and vulnerable children half way around the world.
It brings me back, always, to the power of connecting online and why it is worth investing the time and energy to do so. You cannot do it successfully without intent to serve, but once you have made that decision, everything else will follow naturally as night follows day.
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