SPEAKER BIO

WORKSHOP OVERVIEWS

 

OPTION ONE: How to Network like and Actual Human: for Empathetic Women in Business

In this workshop you'll discover that networking doesn't have to feel icky. It can feel like a really safe space where self exploration and expression are possible, where you can feel supported, where you can learn and grow your business, find clients and make sales but in a way that actually feels really great to you.

I'll teach you a different approach that's altogether more human and is jam packed with good feelings. We'll uncover the limiting beliefs that are stopping you from showing up at networking and set you up to feel more confident in showing up for yourself and your business. It's about building community and making genuine friendhsip without the agenda of making sales. What happens naturally is that those who come into your circle love and value you so they become your cheerleaders and your sales team so the referrals come with all the good feels!

 

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OPTION TWO: How to Network in a way that doesn’t make you want to chew your own arm off and go hide in a bin!

 

Building a Community will be the BEST thing you ever did for your business, and yourself and in this workshop I’ll briefly cover the why and we’ll really get into the how of it!

 

None of us, not one, can build a successful business in Isolation. Isolation is the Dream Killer. Community is the real desired outcome of networking by the way - not sales - I know stop the presses!!! Trust me, the sales come later but they should never be the goal!

 

It’s great to have people to talk to about your business woes, it’s lovely to feel supported but the real power of community is something deeper and so much more expansive. It’s the success that comes from leaning on others, giving of yourself and your time/energy/love/knowledge, learning from and teaching others. The beautiful reciprocity of it and the endless resources that come from building and nurturing these relationships.

 

You may struggle to get something done in isolation, but when you ask a room full of people suddenly there are 10x the resources available to you. This person knows a guy she really trusts who can get that done for you tomorrow. That person has experience with this particular problem and has the answer at her fingertips. The lady in the corner who you gave a shout out to last week feels great when she can do something in return for you! Give her that gift. Help and let yourself be helped by others.

 

The human race is so successful because of community; the sharing of ideas and resources enables us to take leaps forward in less time! If it has done this for the human race, imagine what it can do for your business!

 

So now you know the why behind Networking and Community Building we’ll get into the how. 

 

I’m going to sum it up for you; it really is a case of just getting on and doing it but in a way that actually feels good and makes you want to show up. I realise it is never that simple so in this workshop we’ll do a couple of quick activities that will help you dissolve some limiting beliefs, realise what it is that YOU need from networking and enable you to find the right space for you!

 

MAIN TAKEAWAYS

01 - Overcome your limiting beliefs about networking

02 - Learn to show up as your unapologetic self by understanding your needs as a unique individual

03 - Find out how you can change the colour of the conversation so it's not sales lead but service based

04 - Discover how you can find your tribe and feel good about showing up at your sessions

05 - Get my top tips for succeeding at networking in a way that feels great to you

 

BUSINESS LINKS

WEBSITE: www.affinitywomensnetworking.com

FREE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242552720247455 

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laurenofaffinity/

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/affinitywomensnetworking/

 

SHORT BIO

Hi I'm Lauren and I sort of accidentally started a women's networking group in early 2021 and it was the best thing that ever 'sort of' happened to me because I discovered my purpose here. With a background in brand visibility coaching and brand photography I have always thrived on helping my clients discover their inner confidence so they could get visible and be present online with their audience with the aim of showing up as their unapologetic selves so they can really connect with their ideal clients.

In other news, I'm not everyone's cup of tea; I talk waaaaay too much, I'm very noisy, easily excited and have been described as incessantly helpful. I'm so deeply passionate about what I do and I'm a firm believer that the right people will always be drawn to us because they find that spark of real connection. When we show up unapologetically, we become magnetic to the right people!

I love to travel (backpacking style), am oblivious to danger - ask me about that time I was attacked by an elephant! - love a good phoebe run down a busy street and will hug you for at least 20 seconds...it's gonna get real awkward but we'll ride it out - just think of the oxytocin hit!! But seriously, networking is the best way of not only building your business but building your confidence, your community and your personal support network.

At Affinity we celebrate community and collaboration over competition and encourage you to courageously be your unapologetic self, which you'll find is much easier in a safe and accepting space. We also love a bit of woo!

So come join me for this workshop on 'How to Networking like and Actual Human: for Empathetic Women in Business' to discover an approach to networking that doesn't make you hate networking!

 

LONG BIO

Hi I'm Lauren and I sort of accidentally started a women's networking group in early 2021 and it was the best thing that ever 'sort of' happened to me because I discovered my purpose here. With a background in brand visibility coaching and brand photography I always thrived on helping my clients discover their inner confidence so they could be visible and present online with their audiences. This requires a deep self acceptance, radical even, so I encourage my community to embrace all of themselves. So when I launched Affinity the idea was to take it a step further, to cultivate an online space using the Facebook Community and the online zoom networking sessions where not only I was encouraging this of my clients, but we were all embracing it in each other, together. Vulnerability and open conversations are encouraged so we could learn to support each other and allow ourselves to be supported by others. The outcome and feedback has been phenomenal and I'm so proud of my community for always showing up for themselves and each other!

 

In other news, I'm not everyone's cup of tea; I talk way too much, I'm very noisy and easily excited. This is because I'm so deeply passionate about what I do. I love to travel (backpacking style), am oblivious to danger - ask me about that time I was attacked by an elephant! - love a good phoebe run down a busy street and will hug you for at least 20 seconds...it's gonna get real awkward but you wait till the endorphin hit kicks in! But seriously, networking is the best way of not only building your business but building your confidence, your community and your support network.

 

I’m a travel junkie, an overly enthusiastic hugger, I’m obsessed with toasted marshmallows and I feel things deeply. I grew up feeling worthless because of a father who suffered serious mental illness and attempted suicide many times, eventually taking his life when I was 24. He told me once with his words and many times with his actions that nothing was worth living for. My mind translated this to ‘you are not worth living for’.

 

For years, I believed that if I were to disappear no-one would even notice. But when I was 15, in a moment of utter despair, I realised I didn’t want to live a life being that person, believing that story about myself. I decided instead that I wanted to be a confident, happy, successful person…so I created that reality instead.

 

And now I work with women in business to create the same reality for themselves. I run a women’s networking group for empathetic business owners and I’m inspired every day by the way they step out of the shadows of their lives and into their own limelight. How they do the things that scare them, that bring them ever closer to the life they deserve. It’s no small thing to ignite that spark of self belief and to fan it into a flame of confidence and a life fully experienced.

 

I show up as my me-est me every day, in my vulnerability, sharing my story, in my silliness, feeling free of judgement and I do it all because when you show up as your You-est you, unapologetically, with self belief and complete trust in yourself then you give others permission to do the same and that is the life that we all deserve.