Are you connecting authentically with your audience?
My guest today on the Advanced Freelancing podcast, Juliet Peay, shares why she believes networking is about creating connections and sharing your life story rather than pitching. Discover how to make networking authentic to you and how to reach out to your peers and clients by telling your story.
You’ll learn the type of people that should be in your network, how to reach out to them (so they will respond), and how to ask for support that will expand your skills and answer your questions. Juliet shares how collaborating with other freelancers can help you to focus on the things that you want to be doing in your business as well as reach more clients.
Here are some things we covered in this episode:
- How to make networking authentic to you
- How to reach out to someone authentically
- Tips to receiving responses when reaching out
- The importance of being vulnerable
- How vulnerability and relationship building helped Juliet expand her network
- The people that should be in your network
- How collaborations can help you focus on the things that you want to do in your business
- The importance of connecting with peers
- Networking in groups to expand your skills and ask questions
- How to connect authentically with clients for referrals
- Why you shouldn’t burn bridges
- Connecting with potential clients and building relationships when they aren’t ready to hire you
- Why networking is more than prospecting
- The fun part of making connections
- How to make connections and content feel unforced
- Why content creation is easier when you are connected to the right people
Juliet Peay fought her way to copywriting with grit and a great network. After stumbling around admin roles in corporate America, she decided to show the world she could write with a blog about her hometown Greenville, SC. What started as a creative outlet became the first step towards owning her own copywriting business. But she didn’t figure it out on her own. She asked a lot of people a lot of questions, and that’s how authentic networking became her path to completely changing industries and now getting clients, too.
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Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 10,000 people.
As a military spouse, Laura is passionate about serving her community and founded Operation Freelance, a nonprofit organization that teaches veterans and military spouses how to become freelancers and start their own business.https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=19656152