How to network with other women for business and career success.
Firstly, let’s take a look at what networking is.
Networking is a socioeconomic business activity in which business professionals and entrepreneurs get together to develop business relationships, identify, generate, or act on business possibilities, share information, and look for potential venture partners.
Networking may be extremely beneficial to a woman’s professional advancement, especially in today’s fast-paced work environment.
According to studies, women with tight relationships to female peers and a well-connected network are 2.5 times more likely to have a high job ranking than those who are less connected. Many women, on the other hand, are averse to networking or making new relationships.
HOW TO NETWORK WITH OTHER WOMEN
The good news is that you don’t have to attend live events to meet new people. Begin by joining new LinkedIn groups, attending webinars on issues outside of your field, and seeking out relationships with local organizations in your area.
The goal of networking should be to share best practices, solve business problems, and form long-term peer groups – mentors, coaches, and even friends. Make sure you’re developing a network that’s honest and open, and that you’re only connecting where it makes sense.
Building a network is a long-term process. You will need to cultivate and grow those significant connections that you’ve worked so hard to create. And if you don’t keep yourself accountable, this can be difficult especially with virtual networking.
You must learn to diversify your network beyond your company, profession, background, and race/tribe.
While it may be easy to put networking at the bottom of your priority list, the impact networking has on a woman’s career illustrates its worth.
So, join the right network to step up your business and career. It may just be what it needs.