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Lately, I have been trying to market my practice more both on-line (by writing more blog posts) and within the community. In keeping with this effort, last night I went to my first networking event. For the record, I am not a big fan of networking. I am a bit of an introvert (but admit I fake extrovert well), so I find these events doubly exhausting one because I am talking to a group of strangers and two because I am selling myself and my services.
Before the event, I thought of every reason possible why I didn’t have to go; I was tired, it was a long day, I wouldn’t make any connections, etc. But I had committed to myself and to my fabulous marketing coach, Michelle Barry Franco, that I would attend this networking event. So I did–and it was hard and stressful, and I had a lot of insecurities and self-doubt creep up. AND I met some great women and made some helpful connections.
As I was driving home, I felt a feeling of giddiness, and I realized that I what I most enjoyed about the evening was getting out of my comfort zone!! It was a bit exhilarating to try something different and challenging and stretch myself. From time to time I can get stuck in a rut–stuck in my safe place. Last night reminded me of the freedom that comes from challenging myself to try new things.