Networking has a bad reputation with academics because they feel it is like selling themselves to others to get what they need. There is also the misunderstanding that it is a good thing to acquire as many contacts as possible. That is not what networking is about. Networking is about showing interest in others and their work, looking for shared interests and finding out in what ways you can help each other. Networking is investing in relationships without wanting an immediate return.
The network training focuses on:
- Discussing the do’s and don’ts of networking
- Practicing short and enthusiastic presentations
- Looking for common interests
- Discussing how best to prepare for network conversations at a conference