“Men Have The Golf Course, Women Have Networking Groups” — How Lame!
3:02 pm, November 29th | by Hillary Reinsberg
The Boston Globe has a story about a women’s networking group called SheEO — which despite the silly name (but hey, who are we to joke?), sounds like a great group — composed of female entrepreneurs with high-growth businesses in the Boston area. Cool.
But we got tripped up on this sentence:
“Men do a lot of business on the golf course, women do business in networking groups,’’ said Janet Powers, chief executive of Diva Toolbox, an online networking site for women.
Damn. It’s an blanket statement/exaggeration (we hope), but it still hits home, doesn’t it?
If you want, you can look at it this way: according to Powers, women like to sit around and chat, and men need to swing metal sticks at balls. But let’s come up with some more fun alternatives to sitting in a vomit-colored hotel reception room and gabbing with name tags on, shall we?
Learn to play golf? Every time I’m forced to play golf on some family outing, I end up borrowing my brother’s polo shirt and squeezing into some old pink bermuda shorts from years ago. Play this 1 percenter’s game at your own risk. And if more ladies wanted to play golf, they would. Even the results of a Google image search for “women playing golf” are a total joke. Case in point: look at the best picture we found to accompany this story. Look, golf is not our solution.
Yoga? You can’t talk and it’s, too sweaty for a business gathering. Tennis? It’s too competitive and also too sweaty. And again, the outfits. Bridge games? Do you live in a retirement home?
The good thing about golf is that although it’s “competitive,” everyone has a handicap and it’s so slow-moving that no one cares who wins and it’s usually just more of a nice day spent outside. At least when you’re “networking.” It’s way more fun than sitting at a “networking club event,” no matter how dynamic the ladies are.
Alright, we’re calling on you, networking ladies of the world. An adventurous alternative to “networking clubs.” Let’s hear your ideas.