How connected are you? A guide to professional networking

This article posts during GLF 2014. See in English | Espanol

In today’s digital age, social networking is a term we hear constantly. Everyone or almost everyone is a part of some social network (whether they know it or not is another thing).

But why are networks so important?

What is it about them that makes us tick?

And if it’s really all about ‘who you know’, how can you start building these important connections?

In the video and PDF documents below, we answer these questions and introduce you to the key skills needed to be an effective networker.

Preparing your networking action plan: 4 key steps

1. Define your networking goal: what do you want to achieve?

2. Identify who you want to meet – and do your research!

3. Identify the main networking opportunities at GLF (or your event): when, where, and what?

4. Think about your pitch: how will you make a great first impression?

For more information, read:

10 Steps to better networking (PDF)

A guide to networking (PDF)

(Masterclass participants: please come prepared with this networking plan, as we’ll be building on this during the on-site networking session and with your professional mentors!)

About the trainers:

  • Martina Mascarenhas is the Communication and Outreach Manager for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems, with experience in working in corporate communications in the research for development arena. A significant portion of her job includes making new connections both digital and face-to-face, fostering them and identifying ways of creatively linking people and ideas together. An island native, she has an avid interest in flamingos and collective nouns.
  • Sarah Dickson-Hoyle is an ecological consultant and office bearer with the International Forestry Students’ Association. Sarah is coordinating the Global Landscapes Forum’s networking masterclass and mentoring program.