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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!).


A) run the other direction 🏃‍♂️

B) stumble through awkward, short responses 🥴

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

Answer: C!!!! 🥳🎉 - 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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