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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Social Fun Leads to Natural Networking

People, Power & Possibilities with Donna Fisher

I noticed that I was "busy" with work and life all the time and not spending quality time with friends. I was really missing feeling connected with my friends. So I scheduled a couple of get togethers; one for my women friends and one for the members of a former networking breakfast club.

In fact, I decided to revive our networking breakfast club (which many of us had belonged to for over 10 years) as a virtual networking club (yahoo group) with quarterly social gatherings.

All it took was one conversation during my quarterly visits with my financial advisor, "It sure would be great to get together with everyone from Windsor Club." Her response was "It sure would". She offered her home. We picked the date. I sent the evite and we had a wonderful event with the chance to catch up and reconnect. And now we've planned another gathering.

For my gathering of women friends, I picked a place called Path of Tea (here in Houston, Texas) where the owner conducts tea tastings for groups. I scheduled the date and time. Again, I sent an evite. And some wonderful women friends showed up for a lovely afternoon of learning about various types of teas and learning about what each other was up to in their own lives.

It's been my experience that as we bond socially, we then open doors to opportunities for each other in all areas of life. And I learned that I can create simple, easy events as a way to see my friends, have fun, feel connected and maintain my friendships (personally and professionally).

So, rather than always going to events, how about hosting your own event for some of the people with whom you really want to stay connected? Don't let networking always be about "business". Create events, opportunities and environments for connecting socially, having fun and being with people you enjoy.


Donna Fisher believes in the power of people to connect and communicate to create new possibilities. She is a Certified Speaking Professional, author, drummer, Nia White Belt and business owner. Author: Power Networking, Professional Networking for Dummies, People Power, and Power NetWeaving
Houston, TX

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