Michelle Farber Daniel, PsyD
Psychology // Small Business Owner
Vice President Oncology Service Line, RWJBarnabas Health-Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Healthcare/Medical Administration // Public Health
How to Speed Network
- Each student will move through 3 speed networking tables.
- You need to have a seat at the table.
- The professional will start with their short introductions and then move to student introductions, starting with the person on their left.
- The session will then be open for questions.
- Each round will run for 10 minutes.
GOALS OF SPEED NETWORKING
We’ve designed this so you can meet new individuals who can directly be of help to you as you are on a journey to finding an internship or job. Keep in mind that each person you meet has a network of individuals they know, and it may be one of those persons who will be a good match for you.
By meeting individuals during the course of a speed networking event, you potentially ‘connect’ with the people they know, extending your ability to be introduced to individuals related to your goals.
Don’t be intimidated. Every professional at the event is there to help and understands this may be the first time you are at an event like this.
Preparation for Speed Networking
- Practice a 15-30-second statement that includes your name, experience, and what you are looking for (information, leads, where to look at their company for a job or internship). Some people like speed networking because you get right to the point and there is no time for small talk.
- Bring a pen, notepad, and your appointment calendar with you.
- Dress business casual.
- Spend a few minutes looking at the Bio/website/LinkedIn of the professionals you hope to connect with.
- Remember that you have a few seconds to make a positive first impression. Be respectful to the others at the table.
Questions to ask
- What’s your passion project right now?
- What’s a lesson you’ve learned the hard way in your career?
- Which podcast, email newsletter or YouTube channel are you currently into?
- What website do you check daily to help you do your job?
- What’s a skill you’re currently trying to master?
- What do you look for in someone to mentor?
- If you weren’t in your current role, what would you want to do?
- What shoulder skills do you recommend I learn to be successful in this industry?
- What classes do you wish you had in school to be better prepared for your first job?
- What was the biggest lesson you learned at your first job?