Networking: How Women Do It Differently

Karen August, (Manager of Membership Services at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce) shares some Networking insight for women… You’ve probably heard it before, the ‘fact’ that men and women network differently.  But is it true? And what impact does it have on us and our business or career? “Men’s networks are widely dispersed, while women tend to form their professional networks in the same way that they form personal networks”, says Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, vice president of global academic and research relations for academic publisher Elsevier BV. It’s different for girls “Women’s tighter networks are built for personal support, but they often lack the wide reach of men’s networks. Women’s networks also are typically based on trust and first-degree knowledge, with contacts including old friends or former colleagues. Often, many people within a woman’s network know one another” she says. So, while our typical networking style can produce great results while building camaraderie, mutual support circles, and good business referrals, it has its limits. It might be possible to leverage your existing circle of professional and personal contacts to meet your needs.  But when you broaden your network you invite new possibilities in. So, how are the men doing it? Continue reading

LOST – Lynn Zimmer’s thought of the day

LOST By David Wagoner 1976 Stand still.  The trees ahead and the bushes beside you Are not lost.  Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to  know it and be known. The forest breathes.  Listen.  It answers, I have made this place around you. If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches are the same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, You are surely lost.  Stand still.  The forest knows Where you are.  You must let it find you.   Lynn Zimmer Executive Director YWCA Peterborough Haliburton 216 Simcoe Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 2H7 T | 705.743.3526 ext. 112   F | 705.745.4654