Friday 24th May 2013: Day 6, My Frog:
It’s funny how working IN your business gets in the way of working ON your business.
Since Sunday (Day 1, Meeting 1) I have been working like mad IN my business, but making ZERO progress on my 30 Day Challenge. Well not exactly zero. I made a couple of appointments to meet people next week. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. (That’s what people say when they get off to a slow start!)
HOWEVER, I just wanted to say another big thankyou to Agnes Csherhati for helping me to eat a frog.
If you have no idea what I am talking about, get a copy of “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy. This is a great book about defeating procrastination, and doing the most important things for your business, even if they are not the most enjoyable things.
My Frog, which I have not been able to eat for about six months now, has been to go to a local Business Networking meeting. I used to go to Networking meetings about 5 years ago, and I know they are a good way to make contacts, meet new people, and do business, but I was nervous of going to talk about my current business, Kleeneze, so I kept finding reasons for not going….
- I need to deliver some orders on that day.
- I haven’t prepared what I am going to say.
- What if I don’t know anyone there?
- I have a blog post to write.
- … etc
However, now that I have taken on Agnes’ 30 Day Challenge (and am running behind on my target!), I have a strong reason TO go. Imagine how many new people I could meet if I go to a Business Networking Meeting!
So I did.
This morning I went to the 4Networking meeting in Ferndown. I had a really good time. I met a dozen or so people who were all really friendly and welcoming. What on earth was I worried about?
But isn’t that always the way with frogs?
So I now have a bunch of appointments lined up in the coming week or two.
Here’s some of the people I’ll be meeting…
Bernadette Lloyd of Procubed Services
Bernadette is the Area Director of this 4N Networking Group, and she is also a property investor. I have invested in property in the past, so Bernadette invited me to the local Property Investors Network meeting. Result!
Neil Jarrett is the local Fundraising & Volunteer Manager for the British Heart Foundation. My daughter Sophie had open heart surgery earlier this year, so it is a charity close to my heart. I’ll be meeting Neil to see how I can help.
Jo Hansell has a computer training and support called Nimbus Solutions. Jo welcomed me to the meeting, and was really helpful in introducing me to some of the other people at the meeting. I’m meeting Jo just to learn more about her business, and see if I can direct some business her way.
30 Day Challenge? Pah!
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