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The Art of Networking for Science Professionals

The Art of Networking for Science Professionals

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Networking gives you the keys to jobs, collaborations, and connections that make you, and the science you do, successful. Networking works by increasing your access to information and resources, particularly when you branch out into many diverse groups and forge strong ties to contacts within these networks. Imperative for career advancement, some surveys estimate that 70%–80% of jobs are obtained through networking. Despite its benefits, for scientists, this is often a difficult and arduous task due to the misconceptions that (1) its intention is simply to obtain something or gain an unfair advantage and (2) it is a skill that one inherently possesses and cannot be developed.

To help demystify this highly misunderstood process and provide the skills to be a confident and effective networker, Science Alliance hosted the "Art of Networking for Science Professionals" at the Academy on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, with speaker Lisa B. Marshall. Lisa, a professional communications specialist, led an in-depth and interactive 3-hour workshop covering every aspect of networking, starting from the handshake and introduction to where to network and to how to manage contacts and maintain these connections. Lisa demonstrated that everyone networks to some extent already and that using these skills in the professional setting can be cultivated over time with patience and practice.

Marc A. Wolfe, also a communications expert, attended the event virtually to answer questions from our online participants.

Use the tab above to find multimedia from this event.


Lisa B. Marshall

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Communication specialist, Lisa B. Marshall helps organizations to improve productivity through more effective, engaging, and compelling communication.  Host and creator of "The Public Speaker" this fun, friendly, and practical Internet radio show (podcast) reaches a worldwide audience with over 200,000 downloads each month. Lisa has been interviewed by USA Today, Ragan Communications Group, The Scientist, Prevention Magazine and others.

She is the author of an audiobook, The Public Speaker's Guide to Ace Your Interview [Macmillan] and a multimedia product and Expert Presenter, a six-week intensive online public speaking eCourse for science professionals. She is a regular contributor to inChemistry a magazine of the American Chemical Society.

She holds a masters degree in interpersonal, organizational, and inter-cultural communication. Lisa has background and experience in technology and adult education and has been delivering communication programs for over a dozen years. Lisa is passionate about communication and she believes these skills are critical to personal, professional, and organizational success.

Marc A. Wolfe

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"Actionpreneur" Marc A. Wolfe helps organizations and individuals move forward. He is a tenacious thought-provoker who understands people, business, and technology. He guides you through a systematic process that provides clarity and direction.  Marc consistently helps organizations and individuals set goals and develop realistic actionable next steps moving them to higher levels of success. He helps you define your baseline and not go below it.

Marc helps you bring to the surface and articulate what you already know and helps you to create your action steps. He helps organizations and individuals understand how communication impacts their targets and productivity. He challenges you to think about why you think the way you think and why you do what you do. His system identifies connections and disconnections. Using his blog as well as interactive video chats, he keeps an ongoing connection with his clients.

Marc has been interviewed by and CMP Media and has articles that have appeared in The Performance Magazine. Marc has delivered technical and educational presentations at Fortune 1000 companies as well as small businesses. He has several years of experience in adult education. Marc has a BS in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.