The Women in Indirect Tax Networking Group stays virtual! by Liz Watt

The Women in Indirect Tax networking is currently virtual! We had our first Zoom networking group meeting back in April and it was a great success. The topic – Self Care Tips and Tools for Troubled Times – was the perfect antidote to all that we were about to face, providing us all with some much-needed respite.

This inspired us to keep the group running, and since then we have enjoyed sessions on a wide variety of topics, including Professional Brand, Business Development Strategies, Networking Skills, Leadership Skills in Uncertain Times and Communication Skills for the virtual world.

But as important as the personal development opportunities has been the chance to reconnect with others in the group, to share ideas and experiences and continue the camaraderie and sense of belonging that has been one of the groups key USP’s. My sense is that it is really important that the group can continue to offer an oasis of support, learning and networking over the coming months.

One of the unforeseen advantages of running the groups virtually is that it opens it out to women who might otherwise have been unable to attend because they aren’t based in London. This has been a real silver lining and one that I hope can continue in the future.

In addition, a number of members of the group have taken advantage of the complimentary coaching sessions I offered at the beginning of lockdown and I hope these were useful and timely.

I am planning next years programme at the moment and I am also arranging some ad hoc ‘drop in for a coffee and chat’ sessions between our quarterly meetings, so that the group can really stay connected.   And when we are allowed to meet in person again, there are some new suggestions for social events I am keen to organise.

If you are working in VAT, Customs or International Trade – or even part of the wider tax community – and would like to find out more about the group and join in, please get in contact with me: bltcoaching1@gmail.com or 07867517919.

And if you are reading this and think that your technical sector could also benefit from a similar networking group – get in touch and we can explore the possibilities!

 


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