In the first 6 months as National Director, I read more than 20 books on networking, career, business, sales and marketing. I consulted successful trainers and entrepreneurs to learn how they connected with people. I was literally on a crash course to discover all I can about business networking. I travelled to the US for training to equip myself for my role. In fact, I flew to the US every other year to attend leadership training, directors meetings and large conferences.
As an introvert, you can imagine the odds stacked up against me to do my job well – having to network, provide training on networking and leading people.
In my first year, I always referred to “Be A People Person” authored by John C Maxwell. The little book is loaded with life-enriching gems, life-changing principles for relating positively and powerfully with family, friends, colleagues and clients. I found the principles helpful in a leadership position where successful entrepreneurs with many more years of experience than me, were following me. Despite my introversion and occasional social awkwardness, it was a humbling experience to be a leader of leaders and a trainer of trainers.