Warm sunshine and pairs of walking entrepreneurial ladies deep in conversation. There are smiles and a buzzing energy despite the strong heat as women running their own businesses participate in this Walk Coach Learn networking walk run on behalf of Enterprise Steps.
Walking is a powerful ingredient of this networking event. Walking gives a natural high and generates an equality and openness that allows people, even strangers to build a rapport quickly and easily. The group walk in alternating pairs through the new buildings, structures, wild flowers and lush greenery of the Olympic Park.
Landmarks are used as stopping points to scaffold the conversations. At Mandeville Place, a
tribute to Paralympic champions with fruit trees from the home country of every London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist, the group are asked to hold in mind the Paralympic values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality to discuss the challenges they face and overcome in their business. Behind the Olympic rings the group are asked to recall the Olympic dream and imagine the dream for their own business and future.
Networking gives all of us a chance to make contacts, share experiences, gain ideas and leads. Working alone in self-employment can be isolating so networking in a warm and friendly way is vital for support, encouragement and motivation. Do network and walk when you can!
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