I’ve had a tough time these past few months getting to NAWBO meetings. There are birthday parties, vacations, and of course the normal night to night stuff. When I do get a few minutes away in the evening, it is best for me to lock myself in my office and work during that quiet and uninterrupted time. Otherwise I am up past midnight working, and then up at five in the morning working, and burned out three days later with a broom in one hand, a toy in the other, and the threat of tossing everything in my way into the trash.
Not so good, right? I don’t want my children to refer to me as mommy dearest in the future, so networking has taken a dive.
I recently spoke with Thom Singer, who co-authored the book, “Some Assembly Required: A Networking Guide for Women” that will be released this summer.
Thom gave some great tips for mothers who are in need of networking but who can’t seem to find the time. “Finding time to network for working moms can be hard because they already have busy schedules with managing career and family, and often have to rush home to pick up the kids after work, so going to a business “After Hours” event is not always an option,” he wrote. So how can a working mom fit it all in?
First, says Thom, realize that you won’t be able to attend all networking events, and that this just means you need to forget about what you can’t do and focus on what you CAN do.
Select the most important events to attend and make sure that your spouse and children understand the importance of these events. Never attending means cutting off a large portion of a potential customer base, so you need to network. Make it a priority.
Forge strong relationships with other working mothers and do some babysit swapping (hey, I’ve written about this one before!) Supporting other working mothers is very important. (And as a side note, I recently created a group for work at home mothers that are based in the Los Angeles and Orange County, California area. So if you are one, please email me directly for more information!)
Utilize breakfast and lunch for networking. Find events that fall within these time frames, as they are sometimes easier to schedule in than those that take place at night.
Information on Thom’s new book is available at www.newyearpublishing.com.