Networking Skills - Burnaby (January 20, 2014)

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Networking Skills  - Burnaby

When: Monday, January 20, 2014

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm (Registration opens at 8:30am)

Where: SFU Burnaby / Bennett Library

Room: 7200

Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs Step workshops, is free for both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. However, the preauthorization of a valid credit card is required as part of the registration process. A $50 penalty will be applied to all late cancellations (cancellations that are not made 5 days or more before the workshop date), no shows, or incomplete attendance. These penalties are only charged after the completion of a workshop and no charges are ever made to students who participate in full. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit our help page:

Workshop Description

You’ve all heard the saying “you are only as good as your network”, but have you ever wondered how to get one?

Join Mitacs Step to experience firsthand the power of positive networking. From academia to industry to your personal life, these skills will help you succeed!

 Learning Outcomes

Following the morning workshop, you will have the opportunity to put your newfound networking skills to the test at the luncheon. This will be followed by a post-luncheon debrief with the facilitators.

  • Skills of connecting within an organization
  • Skills of connecting outside an organization through workshops, keynotes and practical application:
  • Effective Introductions 
  • Pitch 
  • Conversation Skills
  • Participants encouraged to works on strategies to build relationships with present network as well as cross-network between disciplines.
  • Confidence, social intelligence skills.
  • Learn to build extensive, long-lasting connections;
  • Fuelling and maximizing existing connections.
  • Hands-on networking opportunity supported by one-hour debrief of lessons learned and suggestions.
  • Understanding individual role as a brand ambassador
  • Making networking a priority, where to locate relevant networking opportunities and events beyond ‘business only events’. 
  • Dealing with networking roadblocks - getting comfortable handing out business cards.
Class Date: 
Monday, January 20, 2014 - 8:00am
Simon Fraser University / Bennett Library
8888 University Drive
V5A 1S6 Burnaby