Although many career guides, experts, and articles recommend networking as an important component of building a professional profile, networking can be a mysterious task. How do you make meaningful connections? How do you build meaningful connections over time? Does the process necessarily involve attending networking events? And, if you’re shy, introverted, or just nervous when talking to new people, how do you make networking less awkward? Is networking only for the extroverted?
During this session, attendees will learn the basics of networking and what makes it such a necessary part of our personal and professional life. The session will introduce specific skills, resources, and activities that will yield immediate results. Topics include: building a professional network, how to prepare to navigate networking events and opportunities, and other specific means to begin building a powerful network that will lead to relevant career paths ahead.
The Art of Networking workshop will be held Monday, September 12, from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m., in the HUB, Meeting Room 2; and will consist of various modules designed to give participants hands-on experience as they learn about and practice networking activities.
The speaker/session facilitator will be Reginald Jackson, Sr., MBA, ACC. Mr. Jackson built a 20-year career in the Marine Corps, where he trained, counseled, and mentored hundreds of Marines. Since retiring from the Marines in 2007, he has held leadership positions in the IT industry, to include consulting and project management. His education includes an array of leadership and management courses, a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, and an MBA (with a focus in project management). He is a member of the International Coach Federation and also serves as a Mentor Coach. Mr. Jackson is also an avid writer and has been featured in several career blogs and international online magazines.
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