EP29 – Your Network is your net worth!

In true Tag Me In Podcast fashion how Ola conquered his fears of public speaking as mentioned on EP10 – Public Speaking or Die

Join Anton and Ola as they discuss the events of Toast2Young London networking event, where they hosted (for the first time) with some amazing panellists who shared their current levels of success, as well as their trials and tribulations.

They also discuss the power and importance of one’s network and circle. They say your network is your net worth, and that couldn’t be truer!

On top of this, they also go into networking do’s and don’ts, the importance of going in with a giving mindset, as oppose to just wanting to take from others.

The panellist included:-

Mariam Mola – http://mentormatcher.co.uk/

Mariam is an entrepreneur, author and founder of Europe’s leading female mentoring initiative, Mentor MatcHER. Mariam founded Mentor MatcHER after giving birth to her daughter in prison and seeing the lack of support available to women in business and the workplace.

 

Solomon Smith & Mohamed Hashi – http://brixtonsoupkitchen.org/

Brixton Soup Kitchen, founded in January 2013, when Solomon Smith and Mohamed Hashi, Lambeth youth workers and lifelong Brixtonians realised there was a desperate need for such an organisation. The Brixton Soup Kitchen is currently open four days a week and offers so much more than hot food and drinks; they provide CV workshops, job guidance and advice on housing and benefits.

When 26-year old, London born Jamelia Donaldson told naturalists across the UK, “The hunt is over”, she wasn’t joking. The founder of Treasure Tress, has been able to draw on her personal experiences and knowledge to provide an impeccable hair care service which equips young girls and women across the world with quality products and tools to care for their natural hair.

My week started off on an interesting note after my phone completely shut down on me on Monday Morning , but I'm all honesty it was a (forced) much needed break from social media apps, endless multitasking and procrastination. Yesterday confirmed that this week was a challenging yet very good week. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to have sat amongst some incredible entrepreneurs doing amazing things for our community and beyond. I sat in awe of just how raw and honest @mariammola_ was, sharing her story of how she has built @mentormatcher from scratch single handedly – building relationships, elevating other women and creating a path and connection between women who otherwise would not come across each other. @brixtonsoupkitchen again shared their very honest account of starting up a charity from scratch with absolutely no guidance and the mistakes they made along the way which only made them more focused. @moses_ican revealed very raw and recent lessons learned about the entertainment industry and his strategy to build his own doors, when the doors have remained locked with limited entry for men who look like him. The list of lessons I learned is endless, very well done @toast2younglondon for hosting yet another amazing event and continually attracting really high quality and curious individuals 💜 Anton & Ola of @tagmeinpodcast you were great hosts! 👊🏾 Happy Saturday! P.S. Shamelessly stealing pics and vids from everyone with my temp phone 😂

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Moses Adeyemi – http://silverlineproject.co.uk/

Founder of Silverline Project, motivational speaker, and coach, Moses turned his life around after a troubled youth and time in prison. He soon realised that in order to change his life around he needed to develop discipline and focus, and upon achieving this, is now sharing his journey and knowledge to help others bring lasting change to their lives.

They all give amazing insight into their journies highlighting the network formed along the way, challenges faced, books that helped shaped who they are, mistakes made and the importance of naturing your relationships.

 

What our network has done for us?

Mohamed of Brixton soup kitchen said having a network and the right individuals can help you accelerate to your destination and this statement is tr with e.

Along our journeys we have made some excellent contact which has excelled our development and growth, it is important to build new connections whether it career related or business.

Networking doesn’t have to be all about business, it could be about forming new relationship and friendship.

Here are some of our tips:-

  • Speak to as many people – You have a fixed amount of time to make contact with the people around try and find a balance between being a serial networker and forming meaningful connections
  • Build connection first – Don’t hand your business card to everyone you come across, try and build a rapport with the person you are talking to.
  •  Why are you there? – Establish the reason you have attended the event, what are you hoping to get out of the event.
  • Be confidence – No magic potion here but take a deep breath and ground yourself, adopt the superman power pose to give the image of confidence.
  • Get their early – To avoid anxiety and feeling overwhelmed head to the venue early, smaller crowds will make things easier for you
  • Two or Three people in a group – Tackle small group as opposed to large one, it just makes it easier to make a connection.

More Information

https://hbr.org/2016/05/learn-to-love-networking

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_networking

https://www.entrepreneur.com/encyclopedia/networking

 

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