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Toni @t0nit0ne
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I'm so envious of the way men can network with such confidence, without regularly having to consider what we women have to consider.

Networking and following up business propositions is much harder for women because honestly, a lot of men try to hit on us at some stage.
How many women have had a man contact them in a professional context, only for the man to try and develop the professional relationship in to something else?
It happens so often to women and it really deters us from putting ourselves out there on a professional level.
I watch the way my male friends network and I'm astonished by how and when they approach people.

I'm also flabbergasted by the amount of perks they get from 'networking'.

Discount flights, discount clothing, tickets to shows... All via business relationships.
When a man gets perks via a business relationships, it's a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" situation.

When it's a woman getting perks, that situation can often turn in to "I'll scratch your back, if you agree to date me or sleep with me" situation.
I can never imagine putting myself out there, the way my male friends do...and it's really sad because I know my inability to do that really limits my business prospects.
This is why female empowerment in business is so important.

We women deal with a lot of the same struggles when it comes to career development, and because of that, we need to be able and willing to support one another in business, the way a lot of men do.
Because I've been made to feel uneasy about asking men for professional opportunities and/or professional guidance, I'm now way more inclined to ask a woman.
I'm also way more willing to assist women, knowing some of the obstacles and hurdles I've had to navigate myself.
Women have been made to feel like we must compete with one another...and this only affects us negatively.

We're less inclined to lift our fellow woman up, in fear that she'll somehow step on our toes...which means we're less likely to prosper as a group.
Because of how vile some men are (I said some, not all)...it's imperative that we get over this competition issue.

The blunt truth is that a lot of men aren't trying to give us a helping hand...they just wanna get in our pants, so we have to learn how to better help each other!
A lot of people are sending me messages about @LinkedIn....

Don't get me started on LinkedIn!
LinkedIn is a professional networking platform, that should be used in a PROFESSIONAL CAPACITY.

However, the LinkedIn experience is VERY different for men vs women.

Ladies...like this tweet if a man has ever approached you for a date, your personal number, or sex via LinkedIn.
When men interact with one another on LinkedIn, they're talking business, career opportunities or professional development.

When some of these very same men interact with women on LinkedIn, all of a sudden LinkedIn magically transforms into Tinder?!?!
As a woman, I want to be made to feel like I can broaden my career prospects without being seen as a "piece of ass".
If you're a woman who has a story to share about a time you were approached for a "job" or "opportunity" that was just a hook in to propositioning you for something else...do share. I think a lot of women (and men) will appreciate your anecdotes.
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