I have spent years networking with both men and women. In that time I have noticed a lot of difference between how the two sexes network. I have come to realize that Women are really very natural networkers.
Building a strong network requires that you nurture the relationships that you have developed. Women are very good at nurturing, they stop to do those little things that make others feel special. They remember birthdays, they send cards, the give referrals and connections to others, and they volunteer to help whenever possible.
Women tend to be good listeners, one of the most important traits of good networkers. So they often hear the needs of others and seek to connect them to people who can fill those needs. Acting as a matchmaker between the two.
Women understand and operate under the philosophy of givers gain naturally. They understand the old adage that it is better to give than to receive. They are quick to give to others, they are quick to help, they are more than willing to introduce two people and help them to connect.
If you want to have a strong referral source in your network, ask a woman, she’s a natural.