In our previous article we have shown how important professional networking is for women. We have also presented the main difficulties women face while they actually network as professionals. In the current article, we would like to address this issue and discuss the 9 best ways that professional women can optimise their networking and benefit from it.
The benefits of women networking
Let’s have a small reminder here; the benefits of professional networking aren’t restricted only in maintaining a successful career. There are extended to the ability of establishing valuable connections, fostering wonderful relationships with similar-minded professionals, and gaining insights from seasoned experts, leading to career advancements and job prospects. Networking also enhances your abilities and reputation, promoting career growth and stability. This is why we give such an emphasis in this process especially for women who strive to establish a heatlhy balance between their professional and personal life.
The #9 top ways of women networking
Now let’s present the #9 best ways that women can efficiently network professionally.
1. Identify your goals and target audience
Before you start networking, it’s important to know what you want to achieve and who you want to connect with.
2. Attend networking events
Attend networking events and conferences that are relevant to your industry or profession. This is a great way to meet new people and learn about new opportunities. Most specifically there are women held networking events, promoting the collaboration and support of professional women. There are many great projects and synergistic actions come out of such events.
3. Leverage online networks
Social media platforms and professional networking sites like LinkedIn and specialized networking groups on FB can be a great way to connect with people in your industry or profession.
4. Ask for introductions
Ask people you know to introduce you to others in their network and then build authentic contacts with the people you meet.
5. Follow up
After a networking event or meeting, make sure to follow up with the people you met. Send them a message or connect with them on LinkedIn or other social media they have share with you.
6. Be authentic in your networking
Be yourself and be authentic, when networking. People will be more likely to remember you if they feel like they can trust you and have a discussion of substance with you.
7. Join professional organizations
Joining professional organizations is a great way to meet people in your industry and to stay informed about new developments in your field.
8. Offer your volunteer work
Volunteer for professional organizations or events, it will give you an opportunity to meet new people, probably with common interests, values or scopes, and build true relationships with them.
9. Be persistent and patient
Networking takes time, so be persistent and keep at it. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results right away. Focus on the process, and the results will eventually show.
Women Networking in conclusion
It is important to build your networking on the foundation of true connections with similar-minded professional women. They will always be there for you to support you, provide you with great suggestions, fresh ideas, powerful encouragement, great referrals and serious opportunities.
Networking is like growing a garden. It takes time, it needs constant culture and care. Nonetheless, the results it provides can be so deep and life transforming, that it really worths the entire process.
Last modified: February 10, 2023