When you are running a company, or working hard in someone else's business, it can sometimes be tough to drag yourself back out in the evening for a networking event or meeting when you'd really rather crash in front of the television or spend some quality time with friends and family.
But more times than not it's worth the effort because of the lift it gives you - and the ideas and inspiration you gain.
Last month I shared the guest speaker slot at Burton-on-Trent's WiRE network with book keeper Alison Bradley. Alison and I are volunteer leaders of this not-for-profit women's networking and support group along with Forever Living distributor Lorraine Holden.
We were thrilled to receive this lovely message afterwards from HR expert Karen Kirby, which she posted on the WiRE Facebook Page.
"Why I love WiRE, especially Burton WiRE (back-handed compliment coming)..... After a long day, out of town, poor traffic, I didn't fancy going out and had heard Elaine Pritchard & Alison Bradley speak a number of times. But SO pleased I did. However often you hear someone speak, you always learn or refocus on something and the energy in the room rubs off and I'm now home feeing invigorated. That's why I love WiRE. Thank you."If you are a woman in business looking for new connections and fresh ideas, I can recommend our next WiRE meeting which is on Wednesday October 8, 7pm to 9pm at 107 Station Street.
Victoria understands all about the challenges of running your own busy and balancing life-work priorities. She was once a struggling lone parent with a newborn, facing a life on benefits. Now she's a successful businesswoman generating regular five-figure income months.
Her talk will focus on how to attract new clients, increase cashflow and build more fun, flexibility and financial freedom into your business.
You can read more about Victoria at her website victoriaplayer.com.
It is just £7.50 to attend the meeting - or £5 if you are a member of WiRE - including refreshments. Payment is taken on the night. All working women are welcome to attend. If possible, please book a place in advance through the WiRE website at - http://www.wireuk.org/burton-on-trent.
Everyone who attends is invited to give a 30-second introduction to their business and bring along business cards to share. There will also be time for informal networking. Hope to see you there.