Some of the issues I’ve either seen for myself or been asked about are practical, for example:
1. What do we do about business cards – our suit jackets don’t have pockets and we don’t like opening up our handbags? Any advice on this one?
Some women’s networking issues relate to men’s conversations. Here are two typical comments:
2. Men I’m competing with for business talk so much rubbish. They exaggerate and some talk complete bull***t! I can’t compete with that. What should I do?
3. I have no interest in sport. What should I do when sport is all they seem to want to talk about?
Other issues are potentially even more challenging, for example:
4. Is it ok to invite a man to lunch? Might this be misunderstood and how can I avoid any potential misinterpretation?
There are of course particular issues for women working in more male-orientated cultures.
This feels somewhat daunting – daring to write about such a topic, as a man. So I’m putting this blog out to get some thoughts on what advice you would offer, particularly addressing the four questions above.
Are these real issues for woman? What tips can we offer?