As I plan my networking and appointment calendar, I’ve been asking this question this year. Am I spending time in the RIGHT rooms for me and for my business?
As a solo business owner (with a FINE virtual team of support) I realized this week that what has propelled my business this past year is making sure I’m in 2 types of rooms.
First, I am spending time where my truly ideal clients and those that serve my ideal clients are spending time.
Next, I am spending some time in rooms that inspire me, that nurture me.
I love networking. I could easily fill my entire week with events, zoom calls, and coffee dates. But too much of this burns me out and takes me out of what my genius is: coaching.
As our businesses evolve, the rooms that we are in evolve as well and I think it is really important to continue to ask these questions:
Am I showing up sharing my full expertise or am I hiding a bit?
Get into rooms where your ideal client is hanging out and SHOW UP! My coach noticed my thinking around a group that I knew was great for my business and asked, Diana, are you sitting on the sidelines a bit? Yes I was! I could feel the energy of waiting vs stepping in and collaborating and being of full service to others.
Am I investing some time being in rooms where fellow owners/entrepreneurs are sharing the real struggle but are there to cheer you on and lift you up. There is a group I attend as often as possible that is sponsored by another coach. We are honest about our struggles, we celebrate with full hearts and I always walk away super motivated around my business.
I do think spending time in the right rooms that provide growth for us will take a bit of courage. AND this is the reason more than ever to invest in 2 rooms, one where you show up bravely and powerfully for your business AND one that supports you and helps you to process the real ups and downs of being a business owner.