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3 FAB tips for networking by Helen Bryce @ Guilty Mothers Club

Helen Wright

Honestly, networking is not my favourite topic and I find it can be something that falls down my list of priorities as a result. However, undoubtedly some of my most successful career moves and business results have come from building a network of strong relationships.


- A long time ago I read about a 3 second rule when it comes to networking in person and it really works. Basically within 3 seconds of thinking, "I'd like to chat to them" you go and do it. That way you don't have time to convince yourself not to or feel the fear. It has DEFINITELY worked for me in the past and can even work virtually too. If I find someone on IG for example, and think we could collaborate or would like to build my relationship with them, I try and send that DM before I change my mind! 

- Try not to think of it as 'networking'. For me and I know some others, this word itself feels formal and forced and a bit urgh. I think of it more as looking for opportunities where a relationship could be mutually beneficial. That moves it from feeling like I am selling myself or meeting people with an agenda to just being interested in others, starting interesting conversations and finding ways we could both help each other out - much nicer. 

- With the above in mind, when making contact with someone new I tend to find that starting with what you can do for them works better than going straight in with a request or cold intro. It doesn't have to be anything huge, sharing a link to an article you think they'd like, introducing another contact, offering a freebie, even just being honest and saying you really like what they are doing or their brand or whatever.


Check out the Guilty Mothers Club NEW Game Changer Programme online - definitely worth a look!

‘I want to help others to feel supported and inspired and able to make these sorts of decisions that will lead to more happiness and fulfilment. Be that apply for a promotion that is fully deserved or get out of a job that is sucking the fun out of life. 
I want to provide a sort of village so that we can work together to change the game, and I’m really proud of the one that is currently growing all the time. 

That’s my why.’

Next intake starts 28.1.19

#northernflex - shouting about the love of flex up North with.....

Helen Wright

Kat Higgins @ 9-2-3 Jobs Manchester


As she's based in Manchester too, we thought we'd shoot over our quick fire #nothernflex interview to Kat who's heading up our NEW office there who tells us all about her ideal working week and what she loves about the City.

1. Tell us a little about you?

I have lived in the North-West all of my life and adore Manchester. It's been amazing to see how its changed over the years. I'm a mama of two and a fiancée to my long term partner and I am blessed to currently work virtually shouting about 923 and flexi-working across Manchester but overall it means I am around for my family - here to wipe the tears (or bums) when I need to and not to miss out on those precious memories.

2. Your fave spot in Manchester?

It has to be Spinningfields. There is nothing nicer than nipping to an outdoor bar (when the sun is out) and having a drink or two.

3. How would you describe your ideal working week?

Doing what I am doing now! Working around my family and when I am most productive.

4. Fave Manchester band/song?

I have a few favourite Manchester bands from the Stone Roses to Elbow to Oasis. But the song closest to my heart is Oasis 'Live Forever' as it reminds me of a dear friend of ours that sadly passed away.

5. Why does flexible working appeal to you?

Because it makes me and so many others happier. Work no-longer feels like a chore but somewhere I can use my skills effectively and to the best of my ability. I have the best of both worlds - work; where I feel challenged and rewarded, so I am always going to go the 'extra-mile' and home; where I can be everything and more to my beautiful family. Happy employee, happy employer!From a childcare perspective - it also saves us money!

If you’d like to reach out to Kat to get more information about working/ employing flexibly in Manchester, please contact her at