Networking Skills Resources

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Building contacts and maintaining relationships with others is an important part of networking. From the personal relationships we develop over time to the professional networks we build in the workplace, networking can be an invaluable skill if you’re searching for a new job, starting your own business or looking for inspiration and help from others to develop your ideas.

Explore a selection of resources concerning the interpersonal and communication skills students can develop in English to be able to network effectively and boost their career prospects.

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In Company 3.0: Networking skills

In this pre-intermediate lesson from In Company 3.0, students discuss meeting people for the first time, listen to different conversations and answer questions about themselves and what they do.

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Open Mind: Active listening skills

Active listening is an important skill, both in our social relationships and in professional networking situations. Help your students develop their active listening skills with this pre-intermediate Open Mind lesson focused on verbal and non-verbal techniques to demonstrate listening.

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Beyond: Respect other people’s personal space

How comfortable to do you feel in a crowd? In this video and activity card to accompany Beyond, students discuss what makes them feel annoyed or nervous around others and how they manage their feelings.

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Video Interview: Dr. Helen Czerski

Physicist and BBC Science Presenter Helen Czerski tells us about how taking advantage of every opportunity presented has helped her become a successful scientist.

Social Networking: Infographic

Do you know how many people use Facebook? Or what the most retweeted tweet is? Exploring how we keep connected in the online world, this infographic provides a snapshot of how social networking is used around the world.

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Lesson: Networking

How can networking further your career? These activities help your students understand what networking means and opens up discussion about the advantages and disadvantages in different situations.

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Lesson: Networking and Effective Communication

Networking is important both on and offline and developing good interpersonal skills is vital to this. In this lesson, students develop confidence when speaking to others and learn the essential skill of how to initiate conversation.

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For Fun: Celebrity Squares

Can you work out each of the names in our network? Link the names of fourteen famous fictional characters in this puzzle.

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For Fun: Emoticons

Reading body language makes networking easier. Can you match the right facial expression to the correct emotion?

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Onestopenglish Lesson: The office party

Have you got the networking skills to navigate the office party? In these role-playing tasks, students practise their active listening and workplace vocabulary, as well as appropriate expressions, rhythms and stresses when giving important information.

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Onestopenglish Lesson: Meeting people

Meeting new people for the first time can be intimidating. It's important to get the information you need in a networking situation. This lesson allows students to practise exchanging personal information.

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Networking in English

Networking in English is an easy-to-use course, ideal for self-study or use in the classroom, for students who find it hard to ‘find the right words’ when communicating informally in the workplace. Equipped with cultural and networking tips, Networking in English helps students build confidence in this difficult area. More details here.

Featured Quotes

“Personal relationships are always the key to good business. You can buy networking; you can't buy friendships.” 

- Lindsay Fox

“Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in Heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people.”  

- Sonia Sotomayor

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