I know by now you know that I was at Blogalicious the weekend before last. What I haven’t mentioned was the theme of this year’s conference: Making Masterful Connections. Besides connecting with the brands that were presented, we were encouraged to make connections with each other.
If you are shy and introverted like myself, attending and networking at a big conference may be nerve-racking. I don’t have a magic formula to help you get over that (not yet) but what I can say is that the more events of this nature I go to the easier it gets. Sometimes you just have to put yourself out there.
Motivational Mondays: Making Masterful Connections at Blogalicious
One thing that seems to work is being among the first to an event. Which brings me to how I met and heard the very inspiring reinvention story of Rene Syler. Check in at my hotel was a 3pm, so I schedule my travel time to align with that. I arrive to Union Station and was met with much confusion. I won’t bore you with the details. I’ll just skip to the point where my trip took a turn for the better. Ran into a great cab driver name Sam. Sam told me that if I was willing to wait that he’ll find someone else from the long taxi line going in the same direction and would take us all. One of the two lovely ladies he found was Rene Syler of goodenoughmother.com. I was so lucky to hear a preview of her story.
She is a fighter, wife, mother and a kick ass entrepreneur. In the cab we talked more about her hair journey and how now she feels her true self is shining through. She loves what she sees looking back at her. Going through a preventive mastectomy, getting sick and having to be briefly hospitalized, loosing her hair because of that hospital stay, all that didn’t stop her. She took her knowledge and talents from when she worked as an anchor on TV and reinvented herself. She’s an author and speaker. Her energy is so inviting. If you ever get a chance to hear her speak, you will be touch just as much as I was.
Blogalicious allowed me to finally meet one of mentors in IRL (in real life), another woman who’s a fighter, wife, mother, and a kick ass entrepreneur. The work I do requires me to be behind my computer and that’s how I do most of my networking. At some point you need to rejoin the real world. I don’t know if you ever experience meeting someone and feel like you have known him or her like forever. That was the feeling I got when I walked into the Hanes Comfort Suite and saw LaShanda Henry aka SistaSense and her wonderful family. LaShanda is truly an amazing woman and doesn’t mind helping those who want to help themselves. The path she is on the path is one that I inspire to be on myself. Outside of two former coworkers, I didn’t know many woman graphic designers. Let alone any that look like me.
After spending weeks talking with her and other women entrepreneurs in the SistaSense Circle weekly calls, it was a pleasure to get a chance to speak with her in person. I can’t forget to mention the great session on how to monetize your content she presented along with Pam Perry. LaShanda has been a great source of knowledge and motivation for me. The strides I been making recently is because of the mindset chances I made and its all because of her and a few other mentors.
These masterful connections are ones that I will cherish. Are you making masterful connections in your life or business?
If you know of a blog post, article, podcast, video, etc. that I should feature, please let me know. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the Motivational Mondays blog series.