All the career manuals say it: to get ahead on the work front, you have to keep expanding your network. But for a lot of women, there’s something about networking that doesn’t appeal. Actually there are a lot of things that don’t appeal, from the difficulty of walking up to total strangers and introducing yourself to the feeling of fakeness networking can sometimes induce – not to mention that many networking opportunities are focused around male interests. That said, there are probably men who also dread networking. But women aren’t doing it to the same degree men are, and when they try, they hit barriers. Women’s careers are suffering as a result.
In this show, I talk to three guests about how to get over the horror of networking, why it’s important, and how a huge network – and a dash of daring – have helped one woman’s career.
This piece originally appeared on Ashley’s own site, The Broad Experience. If you haven’t, do.