by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
I caught up with Lucy Rosen, president and founding member of Women on the Fast Track, an international networking organization for business women. Here’s what Lucy had to say:
What are the benefits to networking? How many words do I get? New relationships. Opportunities for new opportunities. Opportunities to connect others. Opportunities for jobs / information / resources, but I think the biggest one is the opportunity to help others.
What networking advice has benefited your career? Everyone has value. It may not be a good fit for you, but that doesn’t mean to write them off. It means file them away to refer them to someone else!
Where can a woman find networking opportunities? Local clubs, organizations, associations, online, at schools, alumni groups, other mothers, other women, newspapers, radio, and magazines. Virtually every daily paper has a business section and usually it appears on Mondays. In that section would be a list of all the networking “things” happening in and around your community.
What advice do you have for women who want to network, but feel shy or uncomfortable? Most of the time we feel shy or uncomfortable because we think we don’t have anything to give. We are the “givers” not the receivers- so it’s much more comfortable for us to give than to receive. If there is a feeling of not having much of worth to give – start making a list of all the different people you know – from your neighbor, to the woman on the PTA you met, to the different jobs you have had and who you know from there. I reconnected with someone from high school that I hadn’t seen in 30 (gulp) years… She was looking for a job in accounting, and I happened to know an accounting firm that was looking to hire – so there you go! It worked.
How can a business woman start a networking group in her area? They can call me and I will help them start Women on the Fast Track chapter!
You can find out more about Lucy Rosen and Women on the Fast Track by visiting her website at www.womenonthefasttrack.com.