On October 19th, Blazing Trails Coaching hosted a Meet-Up at Bradbury Mountain State park. MyHoney (my fiance, a successful entrepreneur himself), my dog Lexi and I arrived early to set up and greet the hikers. Once everyone met, introduced themselves, and grabbed their “Blazing Trails Survival kits” (a goodie bag with water, apples, granola bars and M&M’s) – we took a moment to set the intention for the hike.
Our conversation starter was “Dealing with Change – Naturally” and as we stood in the field in front of the trail head, we noted the colorful leaves drifting down from the trees and the marvel that Mother Nature adapts to change so gracefully. I encouraged the hikers to think of a recent change they were dealing with, or a change they were currently going through, and while they were hiking, to think of how nature could be a muse for easier transitions. After a deep breath in, a long breath out, we were off for the trail, and conversations started kicking in as the hikers got to know one another.
As I hiked, I thought about the transformation my own coaching practice has undergone this year – talk about dealing with change! While forming my business, I did all the things I thought I “should do” such as attend networking and chamber events, think tanks and Mastermind groups. While all of those activities served their own purpose, nothing really beat getting out on the trail with a fellow business owner, someone who is going through, or has gone through many of the challenges you are facing – and walking side by side down a trail.
The conversations I had on that mountain in the 3 short hours we were there were deeper than any conversation I would have had mingling at a after hours cocktail networking event – and the beautiful thing was, I was able to have these conversations with multiple people as we hiked along.
I feel like even though I was the host of this hike, I walked away with so much more than I ever expected. The camaraderie and friendships that grew on the trail make it easy for me to highly recommend any one of the business owners I hiked with that day. I also gained tidbits of knowledge that I can use to grow my business, and make it flourish. I also would feel comfortable calling on any one of the Trail Blazers if I ever had a challenge that I needed advice on in the future.
So, when it comes to growing your business and networking, I would challenge you to find new ways to connect with people – even if its a walk in the park, golfing, or even fishing. What creative ways have you connected with people? Please share!
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Priscilla Hansen, The Natural Leadership & Business Guide