I was at a fabulous networking event last night with a local women’s association called “Company of Women“. I was thinking back to when I first started my business and I went out networking, all I really tried to do was just fit in. I didn’t want to stand out and be different. I would act a little uncertain about the service I offered and how I could help people, because I really was unsure.

Now, I try to stand out. I’m okay with being noticed and being looked to now for my knowledge and experience. Imagine what networking would be like if we all stood out and were very proud of our gifts, talents and accomplishments? We’d all be better off, and could support one another in offering and expressing our core talents.

I used to shun the spotlight, now I want it. I know now that I’m living my purpose and I’m fulfilling my Divine Plan to help other people. That is giving me the boost of confidence I need to feel confident and self-assured in offering my services and programs more boldly.

I know not everyone will want what I have, and so I will get many “no’s” from people, but I’m okay with that because I know are there are many “yeses” out there. And, I just need to keep making my offer and the right people who I’m meant to serve will accept it.

What about you? Are you fitting in or standing out? If you’re not confident in standing out and being noticed, here are some things you can do:


  • determine your core strengths and talents

  • get clear on your life purpose

  • work on your marketing message so that it’s clear and conveys your self-assurance

What has your experience been with standing out at networking events?


Jan Marie Dore
Jan Marie Dore

I mentor coaches and women entrepreneurs to attract more clients and sell more of their coaching services, programs and courses online at www.JanMarieDore.com. I also host a Free Facebook community for women entrepreneurs at Coaches & Changemakers. Come join us - it's FREE!

    1 Response to "Are You Fitting In or Standing Out?"

    • Patricia Porter sent in this comment:

      I seem to stand out automatically – mainly because I am always older than the others as I started my business later in life. It used to be a source of embarrassment as I got one of two reactions, either “My what a brave person you are!” or, ” Are you sure that your really want to do this at your age?” Somehow I had to get past both those reactions and make people see the business, not just me.

      Now I tell people that I have gathered a wealth of knowledge and information and my business is a way of sharing it. In that way I use my age and experience in a positive way and focus them on the business.

      Yep, it is good to stand out and be noticed and you don’t have to do it in an aggressive way.

      Take care, Patricia

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