How can we reframe networking from a painful cliché, into a purposeful endeavour that furthers our learning, enriches our community and wins us new work and collaborations? And what can we practically do right away to 'get better' at it?
Networking's not often something that we actively want to 'do'. The act itself is easily perceived as an off-putting prospect or necessary evil in the modern, connected world of work.
But when framed and approached in the right way, networking (in so far as sharing learning, building communities and forging new relationships around our goals) can become a positive pursuit — and a valuable way to refine our skills in creative thinking and communication.
This focussed and purposeful session will itself be an exercise in natural networking: bringing together a group of people from different organisations to explore these challenges and opportunities, and to try out practical approaches, mindsets and tools for better and more effective networking in all kinds of contexts.
What we'll cover:
• Our purpose for networking
• The habits of great networkers
• Playing to our natural strengths
• Telling our own story using the 'Root, Stem, Branch' approach
• Listening to learn
• Reciprocity and why givers win
How the session will be structured:
The session will balance conversation with instruction around new methods and ways of thinking. There will be lots to try out there and then, and plenty to take away and apply.
Who the session's for:
Anyone who wants to make more of networking, irrespective of their starting point.
Very easy to follow, loved the visuals, great discussion in the breakout rooms and lots of tips to put into practice!