Have you heard of 'weak ties' and how good they can be for your career? After reading new research about how important they are, weak ties are officially on the list of things I'm thankful for this November!
Here's how it works:
The people that you work with and hang out with all the time are your strong ties. They're very important for support on a regular basis, especially for working women as we navigate all the challenges that life throws at us. And yes, these people should be on your Thanksgiving list too!
Because you move in the same circles, strong ties might not have fresh information and opportunities beyond the people and places you all already know.
In contrast, 'weak ties' are social connections beyond your immediate friends and colleagues, with people you don't know very well and may not see that often.
Because they move in different social and professional arenas, weak ties can be great sources of new information about business, career and even personal opportunities.
The new research shows that adding weak ties to your network can create significantly more professional mobility, and BPW can help you do just that!
Our “speed networking” lunch this Wednesday will make it super-easy for you to meet almost all the 50 or so people in the room. You're bound to add some weak ties to your inventory whether you’re new in the community or you already have strong ties with lots of people in BPW.
True story: At our last speed networking event in March a freelancer who had recently moved to the Keys connected with an employer looking for just her skills and they started working together right away. Neither one of them were members of BPW at the time, but they are now!
I hope to see you Wednesday (registration closes Monday morning) or at another upcoming event soon… I need all the ties I can get too!
Upper Keys BPW President