071: Building community within your network with Sahar Nafal

About Sahar Nafal

As we witness women leaders rising to network, to innovate and to be a part of the biggest change in the world, Sahar Nafal, founder of “The Bright Side of Life” Women’s Community, is a dynamic leader, innovator and presenter. Sahar is a master at community building and an international speaker who has devoted her business to assisting women to build and lead stronger, deeper, and more profitable business communities worldwide.

What is the #1 mistake that women make when it comes to networking? (1:40)

“They don’t take their networking seriously. What that means is that they don’t do their homework before they go to any networking event… Number two, is they don’t schedule their events in advance. So sometimes they go just because a friend tells them to go, or they learn about it last minute… Also, the third thing is, know who your audience are and your target market. Who are your perfect clients?”

Tell us about the most cutting edge intentional networking tools for creating business relationships that are magnetic and collaborative? (4:00)

“Is to be able to connect with other people or other leaders, and event facilitators in any group… Who can I reach out to who is doing similar to what I am doing and invite them to be part of my business community.”

What do you believe are the most powerful and effective ways for asking for business while networking and how to generate unlimited leads with ease and turn them into paying clients? (7:20)

“Is how to be present. I mean as simple as being present when your networking. When you are networking with someone, you need to be completely present for them, and the reason for networking is for you to build relationships and to contribute and to give back. Its not about you. The, you, part will come later.”

Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had? How was the connection made? What was the outcome of the connection? (13:30)

“I was in the audience and they told everybody to go out for a break. Dr. John Gray was on the stage and just somehow found myself staying in the room, luckily enough I knew someone who would let me stay in the room. And as Dr. Gray was coming down from the stairs going to the book signing, I gently stopped him, and I said hi Dr. Gray, my name is Sahar. I am the founder of one of the fastest growing women’s group in the San Francisco Bay area and we would be honored if you could come and present to our women’s group… To make this story short we had the event at the Marriott hotel with over 250 who attended.”

How do you stay in front of or best nurture your network community? (18:06)

“I am always in touch with people, I always share my vulnerability of who I am… In addition, I’m constantly again going back to leaders, all my colleagues know I’m constantly in touch with them. I literally have relationships that I have built ten years ago that continue to deepen and continue to grow.”

What advice would you offer to the business professional who is looking to grow their network? (23:10)

“Be proud to say you are a sought-after expert, call yourself an expert. Because of regardless of how long you’ve been in business you an expert in what you do. Because expertise is about who you are.”

Digital networking or traditional networking – which do you find more value in? (25:15)

“One thing I’ve done is called, ‘Hi There How are You.” And it is literally a system to where you are networking on messenger with people as though you are networking with them in person.”

If you could go back to your 20-year old self, what would you tell yourself to do more of/less of/differently with regards to your professional career? (28:25)

“I think I would have worked more with my inner self… I would say love yourself more, I would tell her to show up more, tell her to embrace who she is fully and that she is perfect as she is.”

We’ve all heard of the 6 degrees of separation… Now, who would be the one-person you’d love to connect with and do you think you could do it within the 6th degree? How would you start that journey? (29:35)

“Oprah. Oprah is very connected, and I am sure I can find someone, somehow, 6th degree of separation. She has been on my vision board for years. And one of my intentions is to be interviewed by her at one point.”

What book are you reading right now? (30:30)

“One of my absolute favorite books is Dr. Wayne Dyer’s ‘Power of Intentions’.”

Any final words or advice to offer our listeners with regards to growing and supporting your network. (32:00)

“Where ever they are in their business, where ever they are in their life, I want to share a quote that goes like this: ‘where you’re at right now, god made a circle.’ It is exactly where you need to be… Meaning the place that you are at is the perfect divine place.”


You can get in contact with Sahar at:

Find her on LinkedIn and saharnafal.com


Email her at thebrightsideoflifeca@gmail.com


Call her at (510) 432-1866