Recently, I went to a Womens Networking lunch, something that I don’t do very much at all and whilst I found it interesting it didn’t set the world on fire for me. Maybe that is because I am used to working in a corporate environment and most of the women at this lunch were business people. Still good, just different. After the event, I was surprised that only one of the people that I had met followed up with me via an email to further describe their business. This is something that I always do if possible and have always found that most men do as well.
When the organiser of the lunch rang me a week or so later and asked for feedback I told her about this lack of followup and to my amazement her response was something like “oh yes, women take a bit longer to get to know each other so you might need to get to know a few first” (by going to more of these paid lunches!). What I thought? Its not the way that I am used to doing business, I understand getting to know people and building relationships, but it seems that this “female way” is more of a social gathering than business building. What do other people think?
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