Peer to Peer networks is the secret recipe to building a strong resilient business. And, this is the topic of our conversation on today’s M&S monthly podcast show. This episode brings not only the usual mix of insights and practical tips but also news of an exciting business event that will be of interest to any entrepreneur.
The Lonely Road
Michael starts the conversation by talking about his early business life, and how hard he found it without the right kind of support and guidance, and the lack of a peer network he could turn to.
Simon brings the insights gained not just from years of providing support to businesses in a number of different roles, but his own experience of going through the process of starting out.
Since the last show, they continue the journey of walking and talking. They are currently undertaking the Pilgrim’s Way—a walk from Southwark Cathedral – London to Canterbury Cathedral – Kent and have just completed stage three. In the podcast, they reflect not just on some of the conversations they’ve had along the way, but also on how valuable the process is. By making a commitment to themselves and each other to get outside, into nature, they are creating an opportunity to ground themselves, to get away from their desks and be able to get a new perspective on their businesses and to be able to give and receive support from each other.
Peer to Peer networks Support & Friendship
Peer to peer relationship(s) is very important to Michael. It is built on trust and the sense of being on the same wavelength with your friend, walking partner, business collaborator, you can call it a number of things. They take time to listen to each other, and they value the other’s skills, talents and insights.
On today’s show, Simon talks about the King’s summit, a business conference unlike any other. Simon is one of the founders of this event, which is now in its fourth year. He shares the reasons behind the creation of this event and explains why it has been designed to be different.
There is a parallel between the way they connect and support each other, and the wider reach of the King’s Summit locally and nationally.
This year’s theme is about “Nets”, and it’s partly about creating networks—attending an event where you will be able to really connect with other business owners and start looking at building your business in a stronger way.
Simon has a different perspective on the meaning of networking, so listen in and discover the insight he shares on his interpretation.
In addition to hearing some great speakers at the summit, at the event, Simon is keen to help people build their very own Peer-to-Peer Network with others in the room.
If you feel this is what you may be missing in your business life, this is a must-attend event on the 14th October 2021, to book your tickets Click Here.
This is the ideal outcome from your attendance at the event, that participants will go away, not just with a wealth of information, not just refreshed from taking time away from their desks to think about their business rather than be caught up in the busyness, but also with the start of a new support structure that will take them to the next level.
The Role of the Entrepreneur
An entrepreneur starting out in business rarely realises the multiple skills needed to be successful in business. Getting the mindset right is key, as is leading your team (if you have one).
How do you view your role?
What is your responsibility, as a business owner, to yourself, your family, and your community and your teammates?
The discussion gets into the important questions about how you perceive the role of the entrepreneur and how the entrepreneur sometimes gets tripped up by NOT having the soft skills deeply needed to manage, motivate and lead the team. Invariably, not always done by the entrepreneur as the business grows to become more than just a solo entrepreneur.
This allows you, as a listener, to hear for yourself the way this could change your own view of yourself as an entrepreneur.
To Recap – Building nets
The major reflection from this discussion is the importance of having someone, or a small group of people, who support you in business. This is support on a deep level, where you trust them enough to be able to open up about problems and concerns, where you respect each other enough to take on board their advice and opinions or not, and where you are always ready to support each other in return.
If you want to know more about the benefits of, and how to find your own, peer network this is an episode that should be at the top of your listening list.
Michael CraneEntrepreneur, Business Owner, Presenter
For the last twenty years, Michael has built and run a successful business. He’s learned many lessons—some of them the hard way—and he’s met and talked with many other businesspeople. He’s sold thousands of products and learnt the one hundred and one things needed to run a thriving business. Now he’s bringing this knowledge and experience to educate, motivate and inspire other entrepreneurs.