The Women’s Lab. Not the Classic Meet & Greet.

 

I know what you are thinking…another networking group. No thank you.
I know because I have felt the same way about networking groups.

Even the good ones felt awkward at best, arriving like the girl that didn’t get invited to the party, wondering if anyone will actually start a conversation with me or if I will have to barge into semi-private conversations to introduce myself. Even the good ones helped me meet one or two people, but I always left feeling like it was more of a billboard meeting. You know, like you show up, place your billboard in the middle of the room stating what you do, and then you leave, hoping someone might need your service in the near future. Small price to pay for some marketing perhaps, but I wanted more than that!

And so we created The Women’s Lab.

I wanted a room filled with like-minded individuals. Women who had an idea, a passion, a hobby or a true craft or specialty, that was in the process, or had already arrived at their own landing spot. I wanted the space to be filled with hugs and support, coffee and snacks, and definitely a place that we could share openly about what we do, or what we are dreaming about doing.

The Women’s Lab evolved.

But it became even more than a special place to be on a Sunday morning in the quiet town of Princeton…we begin at 10:30am just before the rest of the world is even starting their day. The sweet silence and warmth of Tigerlabs sets the stage to a home away from home, with the subtle reminder of workstations in the backdrop and comfy couches in the lounge. The scent of coffee fills the air, home made banana bread for those that are hungry and one large table completely lit up by the natural sunlight pouring in. For me, all of that would be just enough for a perfect Sunday on any given week, but there is so much more than that.

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As the group files in, the room becomes filled with support, affection and an excitement about who we are for each other, as well as who we are as women in business. We do not simply sit and see where the conversation goes, although we surely could since the energy in the room is always inspiring! Instead, there is a focus for each meeting.

Every one is given the opportunity to write responses to directed questions about the challenges and strengths they face in this moment. They are given the opportunity to share their thoughts and topics on their mind. And then we get to the main topic of the month where everyone is directed through an activity to help each and every person create some movement in their business. For some, it might be as simple as needing to create marketing materials, others have thoughts of new hires to help them maintain balance and even some are looking down the road to where does this success lead and how will it lead to retirement.

It is only then that the networking begins, but really it feels like one giant sharing of ideas of our experiences of what has worked and what has not. It feels more like a melting pot of some amazing like-minded women constantly ready to be in action and just needing someone else to say, “You go girl!”

Women empowering women.

The Women’s Lab is so much more than I could have imagined already. It is amazing how grateful everyone feels and how motivated everyone is about taking that enthusiasm into the world on Monday. Yet there is even more than that! This group is not just a local community of women supporting each other, but also supporting women around the world as a portion of the proceeds every month is sent to Humanity Unified, a non-profit organization that empowers communities to rise out of poverty through education, food security projects and economic opportunities.

So the question is not: Another networking group? But instead: Why haven’t you joined us yet?

Register for April’s event and I promise you will agree that this is not just another Networking Group, but rather creating a life by design with a lot of people cheering you on.

May 21st is the next event: Creating a Powerful & Positive Mindset.
We can’t wait to meet you.

Register today!

 

Designing a Structure that Produces Growth

Do you often wonder why it is so challenging to follow through with the thoughts in your mind? Why even when you write them out as clearly as you can, they don’t manifest in the way you are thinking? You are intelligent, educated, and confident and have so many great ideas…in fact that is why you decided to go into business on your own in the first place! So why can’t you make it work just the way you have it figured out in your mind?

It actually isn’t that complicated and is a very common problem, especially with small business owners and independent contractors. The fact is that your passion and head filled with ideas is not enough on its own. While it helped to give you the courage to begin in the first place, it will not be enough for a sustainable and profitable business. As a matter of fact, the longer you try to ride on the fumes of your enthusiasm, the longer it will take you to create true financial success.

First, the ideas you have flowing through your mind day in and day out are meaningful, but you need to do more than think about them. If you have been thinking about them for weeks or months, grab a notebook now so you can write them down and organize them. Rather than creating a list, though, give each page in your notebook a different topic. Here are some examples:

  • Expenses
  • Profit
  • Time
  • Marketing
  • Daily routines
  • Weekly, monthly, yearly goals

Once you have done that, you will already begin to see the larger picture, but it is just the beginning. Next you will need to be as detailed as you can on each topic as you add timelines and deadlines. This is the most critical piece in order to create financial success.

The truth is that while many of us begin a business because it is something we are passionate about, often too, we want the freedom that goes along with being our own boss. Unfortunately, within that space of freedom, though, there can be a great deal of spinning aimlessly, unless we are capable of holding ourselves accountable.

True success will come when you spend more time on task creating money, rather than writing lists, creating ideas and thinking about what you want to do next. True success will come when you are able to design clear details about your daily routines and how each one of them will make money. True success will come when you not only know what each day will look like, but also have clear details of how the work today, will meet the goals you’ve set for the month and the year as well. Each task needs to be connected to the bigger goal, which needs to be connected to your financial bottom line.

Once you are organized in your thoughts, and have designed the structure of your business, you will be able to get into action. If you feel yourself perseverating on the end goal, and doing more thinking than doing, visualize your business as an actual building. Notice how an actual building has the base being the largest part of the structure, to create stability. There’s a reason for that. If you flipped the building upside down, with the largest part at the top, eventually the building will topple over! In the same way, if you fill your days with grand ideas about the future of your business without the base to stabilize it, without the specifics on how to create money now, your business will topple over as well.

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Design real organization and structure and get busy in the doing part! That is what will lead you to success.