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Talks on Networking

Based on the material in
Helpful: A Guide to Life, Careers, and the Art of Networking


Are you wondering about your next career opportunity? Or perhaps you are working on a large project that spans multiple teams and functions. Have you ever wished your team would work together better? Are your managers reaching across the organization appropriately and effectively? Are you working with a group of young professionals who could really set the world on fire if they could connect more meaningfully? Do you lead a job search work team whose participants don’t quite understand how to best leverage their network? 

If you or any of the people in your potential audience can answer “Yes” to any of the above questions, you may be ready to up your networking game.

Building and maintaining a powerful network of professional relationships is often overlooked as a skill set. Many people struggle to network well. Some don’t think they’ll ever master it. Networking doesn’t have to be hard, and you don’t have to be an extravert to be successful at it. 

We can build the perfect keynote, seminar, or workshop for your needs covering some or all of these broad areas:

  • The Myths and Misunderstandings of Networking: Are extraverts really better at networking than introverts? Is small talk really that bad? …or that hard? Where do I start?
  • The Networking Mindset: What is a network? What is networking? How to create, freshen, and strengthen professional relationships.
  • Networking In Action: Getting the most out of meetings, events, events, LinkedIn, and social media.
  • Networking at Work: Building and leveraging relationships inside your organization.

Target Audiences

  • Professionals of all ages and experience levels
  • College and graduate students
  • Leaders; managers; project managers; anyone who works cross-functionally
  • Job seekers
  • Anyone who wants a rich professional network

Options and Variations

This long-running topic has been delivered in every format ranging from a 30-minute inspirational keynote talk to a full day workshop. It works best as…

  1. A 40 to 60 minute keynote: we replace some of the common myths surrounding networking with a new networking mindset and a very practical approach to building professional relationships.
  2. A two to three hour seminar: Building on the Networking Mindset, we also explore Networking in Action, including meetings, events, and conferences, as well as your LinkedIn profile, job searching, mentors, and informational interviews.
  3. Two half-day workshops: Starting with the Networking Mindset — and including select topics from Networking in Action — we delve deeply into networking and collaboration inside of an organization.

Contact me for more ideas on how we might be able to adapt the material to your audience and your needs.


Testimonials

I want to thank you for the riveting presentation you brought to our group today!  In my opinion, this is the best treatment of networking we have seen in the four years of CTSG, and also right up there in our Hall of Fame for outstanding presentations. Your analysis and logic were elegant — I guess we should expect nothing less from a math and physics whiz—and truly represented a new way of thinking about this vital process. And you personalized it in a way that your audience could relate to.

— Al R.


Wow! What a presentation on NETWORKING. Heather, your talk stands out in my mind as the best presentation that I have heard at the CTSG during the past 4 years. As we discussed, networking is understood to be the primary way one finds job opportunities, but the reality is that we do not do networking very well. Your definition, and the way you explained it, opened up new possibilities in my mind, and the light bulb finally went on. Your concept of renewing your network on a regular basis seemed to be so natural and logical. I don’t know why it is not part of my thought process since I have heard many, many presentations on networking and have been engaged in networking. You are a great speaker, and I would be very pleased to recommend you.

— Bob G.