- Jasmine: People who were told to think about their own mortality were more receptive to the idea of having cosmetic surgery than those who weren't (11th Jun 2013 - 18:05)
- Jasmine: @mcrcommuter Good point - it usually gets passed on to us (11th Jun 2013 - 17:49)
- Jasmine: @ajmajid Yes. I don't understand young people taking up smoking - makes no sense! (11th Jun 2013 - 17:48)
- Jasmine: effects of passive smoking on children costs the NHS £23m a year by causing 300,000 GP visits and 9,500 hospital admissions. (11th Jun 2013 - 17:41)
- Jasmine: RT @EdConwaySky: The financial nitroglycerine buried under the Bank of England. Quick blog: http://t.co/P18zbR4KtQ (11th Jun 2013 - 15:50)
- Jasmine: @pinkiejones Actually yes, they probably are! (11th Jun 2013 - 15:00)
- Jasmine: @iansearle lol! (11th Jun 2013 - 15:00)
- Jasmine: @photostrada Sadly, yes! (11th Jun 2013 - 13:28)
- Jasmine: @will_becker True! (11th Jun 2013 - 13:27)
- Jasmine: @pensionschamp Interesting! (11th Jun 2013 - 12:29)
- Jasmine: @neiljamesh Certainly looks like it± (11th Jun 2013 - 12:28)
- Jasmine: @emmalporter Yes, prob too expensive too (11th Jun 2013 - 12:27)
- Jasmine: 10% of secondary pupils think tomatoes grow underground (11th Jun 2013 - 12:27)
- Jasmine: 29% of primary school pupils think cheese comes from plants; 1 in 5 think main ingredient in fish fingers is chicken; (11th Jun 2013 - 12:27)
- Jasmine: @pensionschamp I wonder! (11th Jun 2013 - 11:57)
- Jasmine: @pensionschamp Good point! I'm slipping - yes, ultimately it will cost us! (11th Jun 2013 - 11:56)
- Jasmine: Not one office in the Shard is being rented; its only occupants are a restaurant and a viewing gallery (72 storeys empty) (11th Jun 2013 - 11:55)
- Jasmine: RT @liamdutton: A wet few days lie ahead as areas of low pressure form an orderly queue to the SW of the UK - http://t.co/iTGWklTamm (11th Jun 2013 - 11:55)
- Jasmine: Around 50 per cent of all whiplash claims arising from car crashes are fraudulent - costs the industry £1 billion a year (11th Jun 2013 - 11:50)
- Jasmine: RT @scaryduck: Vladimir Putin's getting a divorce. I think that's all his midlife crisis boxes ticked http://t.co/0tUQUpMRzF (7th Jun 2013 - 08:35)
The mums (and busy woman’s) guide to networking when you can’t actually network
March 9, 2012
We all know it’s not what you know but who you know. But how do you get to know the people you need to know when time is short and you can’t actually get out much?
This is something I’ve been wondering about.
As a freelance journalist a few years back I managed to get out there, going to the opening of a crisp packet and I managed to get lots of work as a result.
But of course nearly three years later (I stopped freelancing in January 2009 and only really started again full time last September) times have changed.
It’s not that there’s not work out there, there is. Just that I feel I may be missing out on work because I’m not quite as out there as I used to be, and I have other talented journalist friends who fell the same way. We know we’re good because we used manage journalists, so what can we do to get more rolling in.
As an aside I did I wondered if my age or gender had anything to do with it.
Applying for a freelance position at one of the national newspapers (clue it wasn’t the Indy, Telegraph or Guardian) I was told I ‘was not quite what they had in mind’. I’m an experienced news reporter with consumer finance experience. So why was that? (hopefully nothing to do with my gender or my age cos that is illegal).
A lot of journalists get work by networking, which means going out a lot, sending lots of emails, making phone calls and connecting to people via social media websites like Twitter and LinkedIn.
The thing is, us mummies don’t actually get time to go out, and we don’t have free time. If I do it’s spent doing housework or trying to catch up on sleep/eating.
So – as mums returning to work what can we do about making sure that we are on the top of that ‘go-to’ freelance list or told about that – as yet not advertised – job vacancy.
Should we forgo our monthly wax appointment and employ a babysitter instead? Or do we accept that while we get enough work, as mums we are lucky enough to get the crumbs that the other (often single child-frere) freelancers leave behind.
Well we don’t want crumbs, we’d rather have a share of the slice thanks so I asked my favourite psychologist Kim Stephenson what he thought.
Kim is a great role model, he changed career, switching from financial advice to occupational psychology and has never looked back. He has a career which has involved writing books, appearing on TV, blogging and acting as an consultant for some of Britain’s largest companies.
I came across Kim by chance because I sent out an alert on a financial journalist website service, and he was the only one to reply to my request.
So you could say an element of luck was involved.
Kim is not a fan of dropping everything to go to a drinks ‘do just in case you meet someone.
‘Would you trust somebody you’d just met, or would you prefer to deal with somebody you had seen a few times, who was reliable, consistent, remembered who you were and what you did and took an interest, but didn’t spend too long talking to you? ‘
Kim says: ‘Networking is a way of marketing, getting your “brand” out there. With a brand, you’re trying to get people to think of you first: t’s the old “don’t say vinegar, say Sarsons”, “beans means Heinz”, etc.
With networking you’re trying to get a lot of people to know you, what you do and when they have a need of what you do, have your name pop into their head by using personal links, rather than using millions of pounds of budget to get all sorts of people you’ve never met to buy your product .
Step one: find a niche
Kim reckons we should find our niche – his is being an adviser who is also a psychologist.
‘It is beginning to work because peopl say “Kim is unique, the only person who is OP and financial advisor etc.”
So one thing is to try to find a niche, something that is you, that is your brand that you can get people to associate with you.
(For me I guess it would be I’m a financial journalist with news and internet editing plus blogging experience).
Step two: get out there
Kim says: ‘ Get yourself on lists and if someone contacts you try to find out where they got your name and thank the person.
Step three: have a brand
‘For networking, your brand is tricky if it takes more than 10 seconds or so to say, so get an elevator pitch. Being journalists, you and your friends should be good at that – as you know, I have trouble being concise!’
Step four: be available
Make sure you’re available – LinkedIn etc. are good, but trying to link to everybody and connect with everybody seems to be counter productive, you can have 10,000 “friends” on Facebook, but how many do you actually know anything about, or care about? So how many of them will know or care what you do and how well you do it? Networking tends to be more about quality of relationship, rather than just quantity, although you obviously want quantity as well – as long as it isn’t a case of having a collection of 1,000 business cards of people you don’t really remember and who don’t remember you.
Step five: be polite and consistent
Kim says: ‘Make sure you’re contactable and available, and, I think, if you’re going to try networking in a structured way, keep at it – don’t flit between different groups, tactics, locations etc. because you won’t have time to build many links unless you are exceptionally gifted.’
Kim is the author of Taming the Pound.