I hear a lot of my clients say that what they miss about corporate life is the company, the chat, the banter. That’s why Facebook and Twitter are so popular, that you can carry on the banter and connection virtually. But lack of meaningful conversation, personal interaction and more in-depth conversations can make you lonely and you could start questioning your business – am I doing the right thing?, am I any good at what I do?, am I unique enough? Am I cut out to work from home alone? How can I get more clients? Should I give it all up and get a job? etc. and you can get yourself in a negative state of mind quite quickly and it’s hard to pull yourself out of it on your own.
Sometimes talking to your partner/spouse can be good and helpful, sometimes not..
What can you, yourself, do about it? Here are 6 ideas.
- Network with like-minded people. There are some fabulous networking groups out there that you don’t have to pay membership for, just turn up at whichever event you can and pay for your refreshments. You then get a chance to meet new friends, clients, service providers, people that could solve a problem for you. Some of the good networking meetings have talks too that will make you think and give you ideas to try out in your own business. Google, check out Eventbrite and your local listings to find networking meetings near you.
- Work with a business coach who will keep you motivated and focused. Even though I am a sales coach and I coach other coaches, I work with a business coach myself on my own business because I believe that the power of someone else believing in me, helping me make my own decisions without judgement is invaluable. Sometimes we are so close to our own business that we can’t see the opportunities all around us and need someone to point them out to us. My programme Trust in You is the best one for self love, finding that right life/work balance and discovering your true purpose.
- Pick up the phone and call friends, colleagues, clients on a regular basis – not just through electronic communication. You will find out much more information, get leads, testimonials, but also might have a laugh, a compliment, an idea. Something that makes you feel good and motivates you.
- Join a MasterMind group . One of the key reasons women joined my Trusted Sales Academy was so they were not doing it all alone. There are lots of Mastermind groups out there that can help you grow your business from doing it alongside other like-minded people. See Karen Espley’s “Profit Accelerator Mastermind Programme” as an example.
- Sign up to Directories for your profession. If you are a coach or a therapist or a wedding photographer, whatever industry your business is in, sign up to a professional Directory, not only as a way to attract more clients but to also to find out about events for your industry. The Trusted Coach Directory is an excellent example of a Directory that puts on networking events for clients and coaches, training programmes and webinars specifically for Executive coaches.
- Do things with friends and colleagues. I live very near Epsom Downs and I will meet friends for a walk on there. As we walk we talk through all sorts of things and usually something is clarified or resolved by the time we’ve done the race course circuit! So I get my daily exercise, solve a few problems and feel great from being in good company. What other events are there on in your area that you could go to with friends or clients or colleagues?
What do you do when you need to talk something through?