WORDS BY THE FAB Becci @one.busy.mother
Networking @mothersmeetings stylee
Not a manky conference room in sight, in fact quite the opposite, how cool is Town Hall hotel and apartments ?
No awkward intros or cringe moments, within minutes of my arrival, the huge room was full of women, babies, and cute little toddlers. Do you know what I find so cool about these events is that everyone speaks to each other, people walk in and say hi, just mums wanting a nice chat and some time out. There were loads of MM virgins, some of which had babies honestly fresh out the womb. HATS off girls, I mean seriously, to even get out the house, let alone go on your own to a massive event like that I think you are Brave AF.
We started this MM with the calming voice of @ayishacarrington_(aka the spiritual G) relaxing us all with a little meditation. Loosing any anxiety or post school run stress, and getting us all in the mood to relax and listen to the powerhouse panel of mamas Jenny had brought together for us. Jen welcomed us all and covered the fact that as mamas we are all constantly bogged down with pressure. That we shouldn’t feel guilty for the odd time / chance we get to sit down, with a cuppa and just be.
So with our cuppas, one by one, the panel took to the mic to share with us some unwanky, cringe free networking tips, online and offline.
Kicking it off @juniepoonie queen of the bespoke cards, stationary and seriously sassy prints told us to ‘Be brave.
When you get told no by someone, it’s not the end, keep going, don’t worry, someone will say yes as Someone will LOVE what you do.
Find those people. Stick with them and BE YOURSELF’
Next up Lucy from @wernpr, glowing with pregnancy glow.... Lucy encouraged us all to ‘provide value with everyone you interact with, and continue to build on relationships. Work off those online and offline vibes and remember that anyone can do anything. Publicise you, be you, You have nothing to loose. Go for it.’
Keri @doiikeamother in all of her pink beauty, a self confessed mum life disruptor, who likes to show mother’s that it’s not the end of a life you had but seeing it more of a ‘rebirth’ when you’ve had kids, said we should
‘Welcome contact and new connections, ignore the fact it seems women are channeled to be mean girls and out to get each other, and instead focus on boosting each other up, welcome new opportunity, be fearless and reserve judgement’
Helen @notaboutthekids told us how she likes to
‘Share love, shower compliments like confetti, build and work on connections and friendships. Keep in touch with your people, chat, have coffees....build yourself a COMMUNITY stop telling yourself you can’t... you can and age shouldn’t stop you either’
(flipping go girl.. also can I have your anti ageing secrets as when you said you were in your 40s I nearly choked on my caffeine.)
So there you have it. Some majorly positive kick ass, attitudes and advice from mamas who are doing all the above and reaping the rewards. I’m excited to follow them on their journeys now, watch them grow. In fact all of you mamas I met this is just the beginning or the journey, right?
We went on to ‘network’ (basically chat, laugh and share stories with more confidence than if we hadn’t started off with a standing power pose.......Anyone else been wandering round the house like it since? My kids are like mums doing that thing with her arms up again.. then they really think I’ve lost it when I shout YOU’RE SAFE HERE, the teen is like please don’t do that when my mates come over)
.... mmmmm watch me,
We played some human bingo. I was starting convos with women I’ve never met ‘just tell me do you have matching underwear on’ or ‘ffs who’s got bloody twins or sliders?’ Good starting points for a convo tho!
I met so many mums who I honestly was blown away by there stories, ideas and instagram showreel, not to mention their cute babies. Most importantly I can’t wait to see them all again. I have loved looking at everyone’s instagrams and Learning more about the ladies I met ( yep Jen bit of husband stalking ... interiors too im a sucker for an interior stalk) anyway I left feeling like this ...
Brave, fearless and with a buzz similar to that of a night out (from what I can remember of having nights out ) minus the hangover and with some new mates that I didn’t meet chatting drunk shit to in a bog. Just really nice people. Oh and I didn’t feel like I networked at all, I just had a nice time, and followed some pretty cool mamas on insta.
See you at the next one ladies KEEP GOING, stick with your tribe, boost each other up, be yourselves, as you are all bloody fab ....and remember WE have got this! Sisters are doing it for themselves !!!!!!