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⚡ QuickLearning: Networking in English


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Professional networking in English requires several key communication skills, especially:
➜ Openness & friendliness
➜ Clear communication
➜ Asking questions in the right way

Getting these right, and learning how to network with others in English, can be an extremely useful communication skill that you can use throughout your career.

Find out more in this short, ⚡#QuickLearning presentation from our education & training organisation, Synergy Learning!

All of Synergy Learning's ⚡#QuickLearning presentations can be read in 5 minutes or less, and are designed to help you instantly gain useful professional communication skills. To learn more about any of these topics and for the full presentation, consider joining one of Synergy Learning's #ProfessionalEnglish programmes, online or in person!

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⚡ QuickLearning: Networking in English

  1. 1. Networking in English © Synergy Learning 2018 1
  2. 2. What is Networking? 2© Synergy Learning 2018 In your professional life, often a lot can depend on who you know. A ‘network’ is a group of business contacts that have the resources to help each other when needed. Anyone can be part of your network – former business colleagues, associates, vendors, friends or acquaintances. The word ‘networking’ is about how you develop this group of contacts. Most businesspeople want to grow their networks, such as for sales leads, job referrals, information and/or advice.  Networking may often entail approaching people whom you don’t know, which is often a bit awkward. It’s essential to learn how to approach people in a way that is still genuine.  This presentation will help you to network in many different situations: dinner parties, coffee breaks, chance meetings, online interactions, etc.
  3. 3. How to ask Open questions 3© Synergy Learning 2018 People who are effective at networking and ‘small talk’ will often begin by asking a closed question (this is one that can be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’), and then an open question starting with what / why / how / where / etc. For example: A: Is this your first time at this conference? B: Yes, it is. A: How are you finding it? B: Great, thanks. It’s been really interesting so far. Make a list of yes / no questions you could ask in similar situations, such as ‘Is this your first time at this conference?’ or ‘Do you often travel for your work?’
  4. 4. Look out for our online learning materials and our other classes! © Synergy Learning 2018 4