Lately, Elika has been doing a lot of driving around and a fair about of networking. Being on a restricted diet herself, she had to come up with some strategies to help with stick with her diet, manage her weight and her budget while connecting with new referral sources.
Most therapists in private practice make a point of meeting referrals for lunch or coffee in order to network, as it can be quite lonely when your only interaction with with clients. Doctors and dentists are accustomed to lunches, dinners and drinks. All of which could stack up in calories and dollars.
So what is the solution?
Take responsibility for the parts which you can:
1) Suggest a healthy place to meet
2) Control how frequently you do networking meals
3) Limit eating out on your own time
4) Get some regular exercise in your diet to help with stress and weight control
How about alternatives to dining out? Elika was excited to meet with a few professionals who network at the gym/workout studio (buddy pass/pass day). Others go for walks and hikes.
What are some ways you have stayed healthy while networking? Have you tried one of these strategies? How did it go?