Do I Really Need to Build Connections Both Online and Offline?
I am an introvert by nature. I love to socialize, don’t get me wrong, I’m just not someone who can walk into a room full of people I don’t know and start up a conversation. My first networking meeting was very uncomfortable for me. Thankfully the person who had invited me was great about introducing me to people and made me feel more at ease. It is still not one of my favorite things to do!
I have been very fortunate to have been introduced to two wonderful women’s groups in the past year, where I have come to feel very comfortable and actually look forward to every meeting! I have made some amazing connections through these groups, for which I am very thankful.
The first group I joined was ETTWomen, a local women’s networking group that meets locally two times a month, once in the late morning, once in the evening. They are branching out into other areas now as well. One of the beautiful connections I made through this group is with Dixie Lincoln-Nichols, from Inside Outer Beauty and Dixie Bits Bath & Body, a certified self-care and wellness coach who has developed her own line of self-care products.
Dixie recently invited me to be a guest on her show, The Inside Outer Beauty Podcast. We spoke about 3 things you should consider before building your website. During the podcast we discuss the changes and challenges in our lives that have brought us to where we are today. By just listening to Dixie on her podcasts you can hear the peace and beauty she brings to her surroundings. Dixie, between interactions both offline and online, has a gift of bringing out the inner calm in others, a definite benefit to me! You can listen to my interview with her below, and be sure and follow the link to her website to listen to more podcasts with her beautiful connections!
The next group I have become a part of is eWomen Network, which holds a luncheon with a featured speaker once a month. This is still pretty local – in Central Jersey nothing is really too far – a half hour ride for me. I have made many wonderful connections and learned about some fascinating women and their journeys. I look forward to re-connecting and meeting new people at next month’s meeting. Check out their website and see if there is a chapter near you. I’d love to hear about it if you decide to visit one!
So, yes, we can join local groups – I’m sure there are more in your area than you realize – but we can also join some online groups where, yes, we can make great personal connections as well. I belong to quite a few groups on Facebook, mostly WordPress related, where we can exchange ideas and find/give answers to help each other out.
There are a couple of these where many of us have made personal connections and I have even been fortunate enough to meet quite a few in person, even though we live all around the world. I think that, especially working from home, being by myself a lot (although yes, I do enjoy the solidarity), it is good to know you’re not alone – at any point in the day there is someone, somewhere in the world, that I can reach out to and I know they’ll be there for me. That, is the power of connections.
How do you connect with others – online and offline? I’d love to hear about it – and I’d love to connect with you as well!