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CityUniWomen - Developing Better Networking Skills


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“From Gollum to Ah-Ha!” – Developing Better Networking Skills with Sue Tonks

Does the phrase “with the opportunity for networking” fill you with fear?
Do you feel like you should go and speak to someone but not sure how to break the ice?
Have you seen colleagues “work the room” and wonder how they do it?
This fun, informal skill-building session will provide with the knowledge and tricks to become a better networker.

The workshop would cover:

  • What is networking? The fears and issues – unveiled
  • Importance of networking
  • Avoiding the “SILO” – cross networking across the University and between Universities
  • The networking process – practical skills
  • Creating immediate and lasting rapport and relationships through meaningful conversations
  • How the room “works”, group dynamics, joining, leaving, hosting etc – practical session
  • Preparation and planning for events
  • Breaking the ice and developing rapport; avoiding the “Gollum Moment”.
  • Dealing effectively with the question “What do you do?”
  • Asking effective business questions
  • Spotting Opportunities to move ideas and activities forward
  • Spotting the “Ah-Ha! Moment” and professionally making the link to the next stage.


Sue Tonks is Leadership and Management Trainer with extensive experience and regularly runs networking skills sessions in Higher Education sector.


Welcome tea and coffee will be provided.

Date: Tuesday 6th October

Morning Session @ Bunhill Row
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Room 2003

Afternoon Session @ Northampton Square
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Convocation Suite

Staff can attend either session regardless of school / professional unit affiliation.

Academic and professional staff at all levels are welcome.

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When & where

9.00am - 4.00pmTuesday 6th October 2015

2003 City, University of London 106 Bunhill Row London EC1Y 8TZ United Kingdom
Convocation Suite Centenary Building City, University of London Spencer Street London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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