Networking skills with live practice event

09 January 2017

After a short introduction to the skill set needed to be successful at networking the session will allow you to put them into practice and try different approaches and introductions. The event will also allow you to increase your network with 10 to 15 individuals who you have not met before. After the formal networking there will be an opportunity to further explore what does and does not work for you and to strengthen some of the relationships that you will have established in the practical session

Ahead of the event, our speaker, Philip Baker shared a few initial thoughts on how to network successfully.

1. What would you say is the most important skill to network successfully?
The ability to engage people in conversation anytime anywhere; standing in a bus queue, on a plane etc.  Networking is not something that you only do at formal networking events.  If you attend a CPD session on topic that you are interested in, the other people there will share your interest in the subject and there will be a wide range of knowledge in the topic, others who can help you after the session, if you are a novice, or those with less knowledge than you who you might be able to help afterwards.

2. And what do you think are the most common mistakes when networking?
Not being prepared i.e. not having a plan.  You might want to meet a certain number of people, you might want to find someone who can help you with a particular subject area or you might just want to broaden your experience by getting to know people working in different sectors.
Second biggest mistake is not letting go/moving on.  If you fail in this area you will probably have a really interesting time but it’s unlikely that you’ll meet your objective.

3. How has technology changed the way we network?
Technology has broken down the barriers, enabling people to meet lots of other people without having to engage in conversation.  It is also great for the post meeting follow up – have you considered creating a QR code for yourself so that others can simply capture it and contact you later?

4. And how does online networking fit in with its offline equivalent?
Online networking give you the opportunity to contact more people more often than face to face networking but only requires small amounts of time whereas a face to face session can take anything upwards of an hour.  However in the end there is no substitute for actually meeting face to face.