Lesson 5: The Art and Science of Networking Skills

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Objective:

The objective of this lesson is to enhance adult learners’ networking skills by exploring the balance between the methodical and creative aspects of networking. This lesson will equip learners with practical, actionable strategies to build and maintain professional relationships effectively, leveraging both structured approaches and personal flair in various networking scenarios.

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Networking skills encompass the ability to connect with others, exchange information, and develop mutually beneficial relationships. The art of networking involves creativity and personal expression, while the science is rooted in systematic approaches and proven techniques. In this lesson, we will delve into both aspects, focusing on strategies such as elevator pitches, active listening, follow-up methods, and online networking.

In-depth Explanations with Actionable Insights:

  • Elevator Pitch: An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you can use to spark interest in what you do. Prepare a 30-second spiel about yourself, focusing on who you are, what you do, and what value you can offer to your listener. For example, “Hello, I’m Alex, a digital marketing specialist with a passion for helping brands grow online through targeted campaigns and analytics-driven strategies.” .
  • Active Listening: Networking isn’t just about talking; it’s about listening. Active listening involves fully concentrating, understanding, and responding thoughtfully to conversations. Practice this by nodding, asking follow-up questions, and summarizing ...
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