Networking is not just reserved for three piece suits, briefcase toting entrepreneur. In this day and age, there is no particular face or spokes-model for the typical business person. We are seeing millionaires and nouveau riche executives under the age of 30 and some even in their teens. Clearly, there are no exceptions for the 21st century, modern female entrepreneur. Women have always been in the forefront of business since the early twentieth century and they are not lagging behind in today’s economy.
Listed below are tips on how women entrepreneurs can use their talents and abilities to network among their business counterparts.
Dress to Impress
Image is important, whether you are Fortune 500 Company launching an advertising campaign, or a small business branding your services. The specific image that an individual projects in the business world can definitely make or break them. Establishing a good first impression is essential in the networking game. Chic Entrepreneurs have no problems honing in on their inner divas and looking professional with a kick. Adding personal style to a professional wardrobe can differentiate from the crowd and leave a nice touch. It is recommended that women be tasteful with their attire and subtle with their fashion senses.
In the business arena, it is always proper to mind your manners. Women should always have a firm handshake which eludes confidence and a strong character. Women can use their etiquette skills to win over their business counterparts and even get referrals to grow their businesses and networks. They should also uphold their professionalism in conversations and discuss appropriate topics that can promote business and networking. Etiquette is an excellent tool for building and developing relationships on all levels.
Being a woman in a male populated industry has its benefits. Women add value and purpose to the business. It is important to take a front row seat when interacting with business counterparts. Be involved and engaged in business conversations and give your comments and insights as needed. Show that you are a true player in the game and offer to follow up, refer business and constantly share resources. Your participation can make the greatest difference.