Rosalyn C. RainDancer is the founder, CVO (Chief Visionary Officer), and CEO of The Conscious CEO Experience(TM), the world’s first integrated business training and consulting company for today’s ever-evolving conscious leader. Her company guides and supports CEOs to be the best version of themselves and create extraordinary success from the inside out – in the form of deeper joy, higher profits, and greater impact.

We caught up with Rosalyn and asked her our favourite questions about networking with women in Vancouver and in her industry, to better understand how she got to be where she is today.

How and where did you form your most significant contacts? How have these changed over time?

My greatest contacts have come from simply making the choice to be in environments that inspire me. They are usually business or self-improvement events, community events with a diverse crowd, or anywhere near good food and beautiful nature spots! I’ve also had success meeting great people online through special interest groups. I’m always growing, so my network may change depending on which area of growth I’m focused on, and I make sure to surround myself with mentors who can raise my game. I met one of my millionaire mentors because he was renting an office on the same floor as me! I wasn’t exactly looking for such a mentor; we just connected on a personal level, then I discovered he was very successful in business.

What does networking look like in your world? What are some of your top tips for successfully networking in this city?

Rosalyn C RaindancerI believe networking is like growing a plant or a tree. First, you plant the seeds. Then, you give it water, air, sunshine, and good vibes. Then, eventually, the seed will sprout, and it will continue to grow until it becomes a tree that bears fruit. Networking is about building genuine, trustworthy, mutually beneficial or reciprocal relationships with people over time. It’s having the attitude of giving value first, and also being open to receiving help and support. Sometimes you are the giver first, and sometimes you are the receiver first. Being a “go-getter” is over-rated. No relationship, whether business or personal, is going to “bear fruit” right away, and that’s where most people fall short. They try to harvest too early, or they are over-watering the plant. Be patient and allow your relationships to grow over time.

What advice do you have for the Vancouver woman who is just starting out in her career or considering a leap to a new career?

Take the time to know yourself and develop self-confidence over time. Lean more towards your natural strengths, passions, and talents, and find something in the world that needs that unique combination of your brilliance. Just “following your passions” is not enough. You must hook onto something that there is a viable career for or, if not, bravely take the entrepreneurial path. Instead of looking outside for answers, listen to your own inner-knowing, guiding you to what your next step should be. Pave your own path and, at the same time, seek out mentors who have walked before you to guide the way.

We really love this natural, organic approach to networking. Being patient and allowing your relationships to grow overtime sounds good to us.

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