Here our Founder Mandie Holgate shares a lesson that she has learnt about The BWN…
When people get in touch about attending the BWN they assume it’s going to be about increasing sales, confidence and success…. well our tagline is “As passionate about your success as you are.”
And we have cut a path for ourselves as an organisation that offers networking that gives you coordinators that go out of their way to learn more about you and your business so that they can help you get the results they want. (As a member we get you to answer 5 questions that we then post on our blog about you too)
And put you in front of some of the top speakers in the UK, that is why we know that our networking genuinely delivers. However more and more over the last few months I’ve become aware that the BWN does something just as powerful.
The BWN was founded by me in 2009 after my coaching practice saw me working predominantly with business women and regardless of what they brought to the table I realised we needed an environment where we could ask any question, say anything and get the results we wanted to succeed, overcoming fears and striving for success.
Creating an environment where you could confidently say anything and not feel stupid or self-conscious about it has had a knock on effect. I’ve heard story after story of life long friendships being created.
Of business women dashing across the UK to be there for one another, why? Because they met at the BWN many years ago, and that’s what you do for friends right?
Whether it’s a bereavement, , illness, a divorce, a poorly loved one or just a lousy week, these business women know that whether you need to be able to turn up on a doorstep and have a hug or just talk in a direct message on Facebook, BWN are there for each other.
This is a whole new level to our network and one I for one had not foreseen but I’m immensely proud to hear is happening.
If you don’t want to be a part of this, you would never know it was happening, because I’m so adamant there will never be any clickiness to our events. Why?
Because I was on the outside of that as a young girl! Hearing girls giggle and making the ridiculous assumption that they were laughing about me, regardless of what the laughing is about, it’s horrible right? We need to work together to achieve success, however it’s all too easy to slip back into that negative mindset when you hear laughter at an event and think “What are they laughing at?”
So if you are looking for events that could help you gain new business, increase your confidence (because as a coach I see this play such a critical role in people’s success) and increase your success AND gain some team members that will be there no matter what. I highly recommend the BWN.
I too have found myself on the receving end of love, kindness and caring. Now when you consider that also comes with buckets of sales and new skills, that’s definetly a win win situation and all with no membership!
(The BWN is growing fast with new locations launching in September in October. If you don’t see a venue in your area, have you considered getting paid to network? Learn more here, or get in touch.)
At The BWN it’s important our coordinators get to know our regular business women. Here Joanne Hunt shares her passion for smells and what they can do for your health, wealth and happiness…
What made you set up your business?
It was a pure accident getting involved with doTERRA Essential Oils. My 13 year old daughter is a multi-eventer athlete and had injured her ankle during a training session, after a few sessions of physiotherapy I was asked to try a sample of deep blue rub for her ankle, it was such an amazing product and within a few days she was walking again and in 2 weeks she was back to long jumping. I am also an athletics coach and a few of my athletes had certain aches, pains and muscle issues so we tried the product on them all with 100% success rates – so I knew from then this product was very special.
How many years have you been in business?
I have been running my own Health and Safety Consultancy business Chestnut Associates for over 25 years and have built up to 25 regular monthly clients plus many more on an ad hoc basis. I have been working with doTERRA since May 2015.
What do you love most about running your own business?
By far the best part is sharing the oils with people and letting them have their own oil experience. The results that I have had with my clients has been above and beyond anything I could of ever imagined possible. Meeting the wonderful people that have decided to work with me on my journey with doTERRA and sharing the wonderful business with them to see them grow too.
What do you hate most about running your own business?
There’s only 24 hours in a day – I want more!!
What benefits do you get from networking?
I’ve met some amazing people through networking and it’s a great way to get find out how we can work together and use each other’s services and experience. There is also a tremendous amount of support from the ladies that are members and also from visitors that attend the monthly events. There is also an amazing speaker for each event which means we all come away from the event with an action plan for our individual business. I have met some great people who have turned into very good friends and will be friends forever.
What would you say your greatest skill is? (Be honest you have lots!)
Never ever giving up – I will keep trying and get the result I need for my client.
What was the reason that you decided to be a member at The BWN?
After my first experience of visiting BWN and feeling the amazing buzz in the room during the meeting there was no way I could not join. Mandie is the most supportive lady and does everything possible to link people together. I find that the women who attend are really supportive and interested in what everybody else is doing. I always come away fired up with enthusiasm and that’s a great motivator once a month.
What do you see the future holding for your business?
That is such a scary question. The way the business has grown for me during the last 9 months has been incredible and I can’t begin to imagine where we will be in another year. The one certainty is that I will be sharing the wonderful world of doTERRA Essential Oils with many people to help their health issues is a more natural way.
Who would it be good to for you to know?
I would like to meet people that are willing to try a more natural way of managing their health. Mum’s are a great start so that they can try a more natural way of helping their children without the standard over the counter medication. People that use essential oils in their work eg. beauty therapists. Sportsmen and women that have sport injuries I would love to help. (Marjoram can be used for muscles pain from overuse, tension, stress, strain or injury. It is also very commonly used for tendinitis.
Lemongrass is most commonly used for Achilles heel and muscle strains.) People that would love to work in a team sharing the oils.