Preparing to Network in English

edX Preparing to Network in English

Platform
edX
Provider
University of Washington
Effort
3-5 hours a week
Length
4 weeks
Language
English
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
Part of
Professional Certificate: English for Business Networking
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Overview
Networking in the business world is key to career success. Research shows that many jobs are never officially advertised. Many companies rely on word-of-mouth advertising to hire employees, so connections with people are important!

It’s also clear that English is an important language in the global job hunt.

But what exactly is networking? And how do you do it in English? This course helps you understand the basics of networking and why it’s important. You’ll identify the key qualities that you personally want to focus on developing.

Most importantly, you’ll grow and expand your business network and professional connections. Gain confidence in your speaking while introducing yourself in English. You’ll also learn about business culture in North America and around the globe while you improve your English language skills for increased success in networking and job hunting.

What you'll learn
  • Identify your goal for networking
  • Define your network and make decisions on how to grow it
  • Identify your unique skills and qualities
  • Make effective introductions for yourself and others
  • Use LinkedIn and business cards to make and maintain connections with your network
  • Use culturally appropriate greetings and customs
Syllabus
Week 1: What is Networking?
Introduction to networking and an overview of the reasons for networking, such as getting a job or a promotion or expanding your sales portfolio. You’ll also define your goals and share ideas with fellow learners around the globe.

Week 2: Who is in Your Network?
Identify the people who are part of your own personal network. Analyze and decide who you want to connect with most. Pinpoint reasons for helping others and getting help yourself. Discuss priorities with your fellow learners.

Week 3: Introductions
Learn key language to introduce yourself and to make introductions. Take a quiz on key language and practice introducing yourself. Record an introduction and get feedback from fellow learners.

Week 4: Making Contact
Learn how to introduce yourself in a business setting. Give and receive business cards and develop a LinkedIn profile headline and summary.

Taught by
Joel Ozretich and Richard Moore
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edX
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