[Note: In case you’re wondering, this post is a followup to this <- hyperlink (which received more comments than I’ve ever received on this blog). I try my best to respond to each and every comment, BTW].
Ok . . . so I’m getting a LOT of emails/comments from readers upset with me about that cliff hanger in my previous email and blog post.
Sorry about that. Anyway, I’ve been feeling reluctant to talk about something. But it is *long overdue* so here goes . . .
As you may or may not know, this No More Nylons thing I do has gotten WAY out of control (in the best possible way).
When I first No More Nylons over 3 1/2 years ago . . . I never in a million years DREAMED I’d have the opportunity to have the impact I’ve had.
I’ve been blessed to have helped hundreds (perhaps thousands) of women transform their lives for the better.
And I’ve been deeply touched — and so many times moved to tears — by all the beautiful emails, letters, gifts, hugs you’ve sent over the years (and from all over the world).
One woman told me about the loss of her adult son to a drug overdose, and how she buried herself in her business because it made it all hurt less. But having attended the Women’s Business Social and surround herself with friendly, caring people, she got to enjoy an evening of lighthearted connections that she now looks forward to every month. Another woman told me her struggles with managing her three schoolage kids along with her business and staff… that just getting the emails with helpful tips each week gave her the sense of completion and accomplishment. If she could just do that one thing that the email told her to… And of course my favorite is when women tell me that they decided to take a chance. Take the risk. Step up to that next level in their business. When they otherwise would have not made the call or reached out to promote themselves, but they did. Because they’d been practicing every month at the Socials. Practicing introducing themselves. Talking to new people. Sharing the story of what they do. That makes my heart sing. I’m so proud of all of you.
So here is what I have been holding out on for years….
- Nicely asked
- Strongly encouraged
- Pleaded with…
To share the accumulation of what I have learned over the last 3 years (and to share and teach the art of networking using my techniques).
For YEARS I’ve resisted formally teaching this stuff.
I made the usual mundane excuses like “I don’t have enough time” and “I’m too busy with my own Women’s Business Social and other projects to actually teach this to others.”
And I’m embarrassed to admit that, as my No More Nylons group has grown bigger and bigger (and blessed Jason and myself more and more) …
… I wondered if sharing my knowledge would actually HURT my own group. I also wondered if I was even capable of teaching everything I’d learned in over 3 years of doing this. (Day in and day out, now, I’m realizing just how small this kind of thinking was).
Oh. And I’m also a bit of a perfectionist.
Ok “a bit” is a understatement . . . I’m a FULL BLOWN perfectionist.
And because I’ve given up all hope of changing that, I realized that I simply cannot go half-way with this. As far as I am concerned – it’s **all the way** or not at all.
How I’m Trying to Learn From The Past
Before I started No More Nylons, friends kept saying “Jodi you MUST do some sort of event!” And I thought “But every business owner is different, every person unique, how will I address all the different dynamics and situations?”
But I DID go on to start No More Nylons and the Women’s Business Social. And it ended up having an impact that I’m just now coming to terms with.
It would have been small minded of me to NOT start No More Nylons. And I’m beginning to think that not sharing what I know about the art of networking (out of fear that it will impact my own business) is just as small minded.
So I’m Seriously Considering Doing This
Despite my fears, hesitancy, and perfectionism, I am seriously considering pulling back the curtain and showing you just about everything I know about networking and how I run the Women’s Business Social.
And sharing stuff I’ve never publicly shared with ANYONE about being a sought after and, frankly, highly successful women in business.
(I would have LOVED to have had this training 3 years ago when I was just getting started. Actually, I would have LOVED to have had this when I had finished college and was looking for my dream career, but that’s another story!)
If I Do This, It Will Be A LOT Of Work
I’m excited about sharing stuff with you, but I’ve been around long enough to know that my small projects quickly get out of hand and turn into big ones…
So I only want to do this if there’s enough interest.
So I want to know…
- What do you think?
- Should I do this?
- Would you be interested?
Your feedback and thoughts are absolutely the fuel that keeps me going.
And I don’t want to even think about doing this unless there’s enough potential interest.
Anyway, if you have a second, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
It would mean a lot to me, and I’ll do my best to respond to each and every comment.
Talk to you soon,