I’ve been talking Silver Linings this month – apt for both the situation and my general outlook on life, and the reason for my business name.
We’re not out of the woods yet, but there’s enough of a return to normality to look back and really be able to see that silver lining of lockdown.
A big shift, business-wise, for me has been the one over to online meetings. Many of us have embraced technology so that we could carry on business, and many families have done the same so that they could remain connected. We had a family zoom quiz on Sunday evenings through lockdown and this meant we actually saw more of the family that we normally would when we can meet in person.
I don’t for one minute think that it’s just me who’s experienced, indeed experiencing, this change of working, but my personal experience is now changing the outlook of my business.
For a long time, I have extolled the benefits of video calls, they:
· Make your diary more efficient
· Save you time and money on commuting costs
· Allow you to meet people who would be too far away in real life
· Let you have the children at home while having a meeting.
I’m sure that is not an exhaustive list and despite the benefits, video calls just didn’t fit in my comfort zone; I wanted to meet people face to face. Of course, there are the cons too, but we’re looking at the silver lining NOT the cloud!
Lockdown forced me out of my comfort zone, and it’s definitely turned out to be a silver lining for me and my business. Online meetings and video calls mean that I have been able to keep my business going, but more than that, I have been able to grow and develop my business. I have participated in courses and business coaching. And all this while being able to spend time with my family, which was a priority yes, but actually I needed more, I needed to work.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to meeting in person; sitting down with a cuppa and having a chat and seeing all the non verbal language that we often miss on a small screen. But I’m not missing the commuting and the time and financial costs of going to a meeting or 121.
With this in mind, I’m going to be moving forward with a hybrid approach to meeting and connecting. I am currently the member of 3 ladies’ networking groups and while we are currently meeting over Zoom they will return to being face to face. That will be my predominant in-person fix along with some drop in networking, I’ll keep my 121s over Zoom in the main, with the odd catch up at a coffee shop. I work remotely for my clients, with the odd exception, but at some point I will be able to have the odd meeting with them too. I can’t wait!
If I needed a moral to this story it is the reminder (because I did already know this fact!) that growth happens when you step outside your comfort zone. Yes, you feel all secure and, well, comfortable in that little bubble, but pushing your boundaries makes you try new things, take advantage of new opportunities. I’m glad that I have been pushed into changing how I work, and I’m truly seeing the silver lining for it now.