Building your UCSF network is an ongoing task. By participating in events hosted by ABOG and the BYUN group and meeting new people, you are automatically building your network. Continually expanding your network is important in career development at UCSF and beyond.
The goal of the BYUN is to bring people together at various events throughout the year to make real connections. We encourage ABOG members to attend events, bring business cards and mingle with colleagues you’ve never met. By setting a goal to meet one or two new people at each event and exchange contact information, you are building your network!
Events will be posted on the ABOG website and we encourage members to participate. Please note, most, if not all BYUN events, require RSVP and current ABOG membership. If you have any questions, feel free to contact any member of the BYUN sub-committee.
Arrive Early: Arrive early, have your business cards ready and mingle! Prepare one or two topics in advance that relate to the event you are attending. By arriving early, you have time to gather your thoughts and can plan on meeting one or two new people.
Business Cards: Bring business cards to every event you attend. It is an easy way to introduce yourself and share your contact information. Contact Documents & Media to get pricing on business cards.
Develop the habit of introducing people: Don’t forget to build upon your network. At events and meetings, take a moment to introduce someone you know to someone new. This will help build your network and create a sense of connection.
Elevator Speech: Be able to articulate a short, one-minute ‘elevator’ speech of what you do at UCSF. This will help create connections with people who share similar job duties or interests.
Follow-Up: After meeting someone for the first time, follow-up with a brief email or note. This is an opportunity to develop the relationship by bringing up a topic that you discussed before or making a comment on an interesting topic. Following up with relevant conversation helps to anchor your previous interaction in their mind and displays more personality than just sending a message that says, “Thanks for talking!”
Giver: Be a giver and a connector. By focusing on giving to others, you will automatically be seen as someone to network with. You may have institutional knowledge. You may have a unique position that allows you to educate others. Introduce people you know who may have a common interest.
Volunteer: Volunteer for events, committees, or projects that will have interesting people at them. Join a group at UCSF. Working on a project or task with someone is one of the best ways to develop a relationship. For example, volunteering for a non–profit can be a great way to get to know their influential board members.
Links & Resources
- Erik Wieland: Linked In presentation
- Kristin Chu: Chatter
- Richard Secunda: Networking Presentation 2/13/14 - See presentation materials along with Richard's notes on networking
- The Riley Guide: Networking tips and pointers
- 7 Tips from Professional Networkers
- 10 Business Networking Tips: Grow Your Professional Network
- 10 Tips for Successful Business Networking
- 24 Networking Tips that Actually Work
- How to Network: 12 Tips for Shy People