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Networking Anxiety

Imagine this: You attend a networking event at a conference. There are groups of friends and colleagues forming, but you are unfamiliar with the crowd.


Networking Anxiety Graphic 1 - setting the scene. All text in post.

Suddenly, a professional in your field comes up to you and asks to chat (they may sense your anxiety, they've been in your shoes!).


๐Ÿค” WHAT DO YOU DO? ๐Ÿค”


A) run the other direction ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ


B) stumble through awkward, short responses ๐Ÿฅด


C) apply tips from PhD Balance for networking to make a meaningful connection with a new person!


Answer: C!!!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰ - Read below & let us know what your tips are!

Tips to get over Networking Anxiety. All text in post!

1. Introduce yourself!

Keep to basics right off the bat: Your name, University and what academic degree you're working on.


2. Practice an elevator pitch of your research!

Prepare a less than 15-second high-level title of research, and a 1-2 minute explanation.


3. Ask them questions

(e.g.) Can you tell me a bit about your career path and what led you to the role you're in today? What were some of your early roles in the field? What does a workday look like for you?


4. Ask for their contact information or business card!

This is also a natural way to wrap up the conversation. LinkedIn or emailing are great ways to follow up and keep a new connection post-conference.

Sign up to our Stronger Together section here to take part in this week's module on Networking and the rest of this month's modules on Professional Development!

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