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Networking Naturally
Course Description:

Some people love networking and others hate it, but few understand its potential in the academic setting or make the most of networking opportunities. This experiential course will introduce you to theories of networking as well as enabling you to apply them in the settings most relevant to you. It will help you develop your networking skills in a way that is as natural as possible for your personality and context.

We will explore a range of networking theories as well identifying the benefits and barriers to applying them. We will discuss how to remain true to yourself whilst exercising networking skills and learn a range of techniques to improve your networking.

We will discuss the various likely settings for University professional networking and how to overcome the common mistakes that can be made by researchers.


This session will cover:

  • Networking theories
  • Overcoming barriers to natural networking
  • Networking at academic conferences
  • Making a successful elevator pitch
  • Coming out well from awkward situations
  • By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the value of networking in the academic setting
  • Know and apply a range of networking theories
  • Consider how to use your natural personality to best effect whilst networking
  • Network more effectively at academic conferences
  • This course is led by external consultant, Dr Adair Richards.

    Intended Audience:
    UCL Research Staff and PG Research Students only
    Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only
    01/03/2022 - 01/03/2022  (Enrol between 04/01/2022 and 24/02/2022) Enrol

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