Understand the key characteristics of effective networks and network “traps” to avoid
Use online tools to visualize your current network and discover common network traps to avoid
Understand what it takes to be intentional about your network, and how to achieve quick and easy wins to get started
Identify specific ways you can cross a network boundary, make a new introduction, and deepen an existing relationship
At some point, you’re going to have call on others for feedback and support. Study after study demonstrates that the more leaders and organizations can manage and navigate their networks, the more they can achieve their goals. But despite its importance, networking sounds distasteful, self-serving, and even phony. We need new a mindset and strategy to maintain critical relationships or leverage existing ones.
Networking 101 will teach you how to build your core professional network. You’ll read about real people—reluctant networkers—who have made a significant impact through just a few connections with others.
Format and Timing:
Team-Based Course: We strongly encourage (but do not require) that you form a team of 2-8 people to take the course with. It works best to find friends or coworkers who can meet in person. Need to find team members? You can post to the discussion forums a month before the course starts.
Platform: Teachable (+Acumen developed the course. We host this course on the Teachable platform.)
Timing: This course will be open for 8 weeks. You can work through the materials at your own pace during the time the course is open. There are no required times for you to log in. There will be suggested deadlines for you to complete each assignment. The final deadline is the final day of the course.
"This is the best networking class I've taken; it gave me a very actionable way to build relationships in a mindful way. I was a reluctant networker, but with this class I feel better equipped to diversify my network."