Why men and women network differently

For both men and women, networking is an integral part of furthering career plans. With a wide focus on getting more women into senior positions, it seems men may nonetheless have an advantage in the way in which they use networking and conduct their networking conversations. The difference in some aspects of male/female behaviour leads to different communication and conversational patterns when there are newtworking opportunities. The conclusion? Women need to work the room more and with a stronger focus on marketing themselves. This article from Personnel Today offers insight into the different approaches and some great tips for women who would like to improve their networking style....

The “low-pitched” voice

A recent post on the BBC website caught our attention (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-1571896). Entitled “Voters like low-pitched voices”, the article quotes research evidence and comments from psychologists. Apparently we are more likely to vote for candidates who have a lower voice. Both men and women find lower-pitched voices more attractive and tend to invest the speaker with higher perceived levels of attractiveness, leadership potential, honesty, intelligence and dominance. In our everyday and business life, undoubtedly listening to someone with a pleasant, expressive voice can be so much more interesting and motivating as well. So maybe it’s not only the politicians who should be investing in voice training when the goal is to be persuasive and influential? Let us know which voices impress you…...