By business expert and contributor Sylvia Browder
Successful business women understand the importance of having a mentor. In fact, developing a portfolio of mentors to meet different aspects of your life, both personally and professionally, is paramount! By becoming a mentor allows you to visualize someone in your image who you’ve helped to become as successful as you someday! After talking to Diane, I volunteered to mentor with weekly emails that includes action steps and affirmations. In addition, I connected her with one of NAWR’s expert spiritual advisors.
Many of us know the value of networking. It is less about handing out your business cards and more about paying it forward. When you are talking to people, think about who would be a good connection for them. For example, at a recent chamber event I attended, I met a woman who was a writer for a newspaper and currently freelancing technical and ghost writing services. Immediately, I thought about another business owner who wanted to start a blog but didn’t have time to writer articles. I was able to later connect them.
Why not form a peer advisory group? This group of entrepreneurs could be from diverse industries and get together on a regular basis to share best practices, solve problems and be a source of support for the group.
I have a dynamic group of peers who serve as expert advisors for NAWR’s members. We are all supportive of each other. Having a strong and solid relationship with this group of women makes it easy to give and receive business referrals.
In conclusion, we must strive to make it a part of our personal mission to support and be great role models to others. When one of us succeeds, we all do!
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