The days of the old boys network are over …..
or so it would seem if you look at the rise of women’s networks – both actual and virtual. These days it seems that the Mumsnet model (asking for and giving advice, tips and just plain support/encouragement) seems to be sprouting up all over the place.
It’s true that women have always networked – though most of us wouldn’t call it that. You know the sort of thing – swapping nuggets of info at the school gate, looking after a bereaved friend or passing on the news of a job on offer at our place of work.
And mostly we’ve done it informally and without making a song and dance out of it
In fact, some people are still reluctant to join in the networking trend – thinking it’s a bit awkward or grasping
But like they say at Springboard (the fab Women’s Development Programme) it’s time to view it differently and see networking as a way to:
- support yourself and other women – confidence boosts all around!
- share problems and information – find solutions and answers
- have a 2 way exchange – you help others and they help you
- find new ideas and resources
- move forward professionally and personally
So maybe you could think about starting a network, even if it starts small and grows organically. Or you could look at some of the networks in your organisation or outside (see Athena, Mumpreneurs, Fabulous-Women and many more)
And if you have started or are about to start a women’s network let me know and we’ll publicise your meetings.
Springboard Women’s Development Workbook
Confident Networking by G & S Lindenfield