Networking Tips from a Networking Pro

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Networking Tips from a Networking Pro

I recently shared on the blog the power of networking as it led to my first investor in my new company, and I wanted to dive deeper into networking on the podcast. So I am excited to share today’s episode with you. I met Jenny Powers at a Running with Heels networking event for women a few months ago only to find out that Jenny started the company. In this podcast, she shares a number of great thoughts around networking, why it’s important, how to do it best and how to maintain yours with a busy lifestyle.

What are we drinking?

Jenny – Freshly Squeezed Lemonade and Prosecco

Shannon – Grapefruit Martini – Deep Eddy’s Grapefruit Vodka, Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit, Agave Syrup

Podcast Notes

  • Jenny talks about how she started her company – Running with Heels
  • Think about networking as going in and opening a relationship rather than closing a sale
  • You need to be as authentic as you can when you network
  • You need to think about building your network before you need it
  • Your network is like a garden, you need to plant it, tend to it and continue to plant more seeds
  • Gaining the Know, Like and Trust factor is a goal of networking
  • Go to a networking event thinking about how you can help someone rather than asking for help
  • Shannon mentioned her favorite book about Happiness
  • Shannon asks Jenny why she thinks that women don’t help each other more in the workplace
  • Even though Jenny hosts her own networking events, she explains why she created a group for other women who host networking events
  • Shannon talks to Jenny about where she sees Running with Heels going next
  • Jenny recently started her own podcast – Broadcast – Broads Building Businesses Podcast
  • Jenny discusses how to maintain and build our networks with busy lifestyles


Random 3 Questions

  1. Who is a mentor that inspired your life?
  2. What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?
  3. What is a book or movie that has influenced your life?

Do you like networking? What are some networking tips you have? How do you maintain your network with your busy lifestyle?

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.


  1. I don’t love networking (because I’m an introvert) but I have developed better skills over the last year because of some networking events I worked for a side hustle. The one big thing is ask interesting questions and let people talk about themselves. They love it. Be interested, not interesting.

  2. “how you can help someone rather than asking for help”

    This is so important. People are busy and always thinking “what’s in it for me.” If you can help them out with a problem, they’re much more likely to help you out in the future! It’s hard to be the first person, but someone has to be first, and it shows you’re willing to make it a two-way street!

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