This morning I went to the monthly meeting of a unique networking group called Friendly Friday, which is run by a friend of mine. Nothing extraordinary about that but I ended up not doing a great deal of networking because a series or people just kept picking on my knowledge of how to get started in business.
So, now I’m wondering: do I know too much stuff and does that stuff get in the way?
Don’t get me wrong; I love helping people (I’ve been told I’m good at it) and enjoy encouraging and inspiring those around me, especially if they’re looking to start a business. But this morning was a good example of where my knowledge (or rather the demand for it) stopped me from networking.
So what should I do? Play dumb or help as many people as I can with what knowledge I have.
I’ve decided to do the latter: I’m going to do all I can to help people.
But with that comes a risk. If I spend all my time helping people then I won’t have time to help myself. So there has to be a balance. I only have so many hours in each day so need to limit the time spent giving my time and knowledge away. I still need to earn a living and spend quality time with loved ones etc.
One of the things I’m going to get started on is to put up a web page so that people considering self-employment can find information. Yes, I know that there is plenty of stuff already out there but it’s often very generic and wrapped up in business-speak (which is unhelpful for those who’ve never been in business before).
With this approach I can point folks to my web page and not have to spend all my time chatting. Even better is that I can include downloads and links to other resources too. I’m a big fan of getting stuff for free so will be looking for help with researching this.
But am I being a little optimistic in thinking that people will look online rather than just want to talk? Probably, but if the information is useful and even just one person benefits then it will have been worthwhile.
So now it’s your turn: please make a comment below to give me ideas on what to include on this page of helpful information…