Networking for Introverts
Some of us will never enjoy walking into a room of strangers and having to make connections. Does that mean we’re doomed professionally? Not at all!
Maya Townsend, founder and lead consultant at Partnering Resources, will explain something of the science behind networking. She’ll show how that science can help engineers, technologists, and introverts make connections successfully and strategically. She’ll draw on insights from researchers and practitioners in the social sciences and business to explain the networking practices of high performers. Maya will dispel the myth that people who want strong networks should never eat alone and, instead, explain the simple actions that can significantly contribute to the health of their network.
If you attend this session, you can expect to come away with
- An understanding of some of the science behind networking
- An ability to identify networking practices of high performers
- A first-pass analysis of your professional network’s strengths and gaps
And if time allows, we’ll try to identify and understand which network traps you are most likely to fall into, and how to avoid them.
Note: This event is a collaboration between the Society of Professional Consultants with WEST – Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology.
About Our Speaker:
Maya Townsend went from hiding in the corner at networking events to leading a company (Partnering Resources) that helps individuals, teams, and organizations thrive in our networked world. Using the science underlying human relationships and networks, she uncovers sound practical methods for making soft skills generate hard results. Co-editor of The Handbook for Strategic HR, she'll happily tell you why you should throw out your performance reviews, and why most human resources departments need a total makeover.