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Networking
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© Synergy Learning 2018 1
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.
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?’
Look out for our online
learning materials and
our other classes!
© Synergy Learning 2018 4
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⚡ QuickLearning: Networking in English

  • 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. 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. Look out for our online learning materials and our other classes! © Synergy Learning 2018 4 www.facebook.com/synlearning www.facebook.com/mygoentrepreneurs www.facebook.com/ideasglobally