When you hate networking

How to Network When you Hate Networking

If you feel that networking is cheap and sleazy, we will change your mind! (Online and in-person)

Industry career workshop for scientists

Many scientists and engineers hate the idea of networking. They hate it because they don’t enjoy making small talk just to get someone’s business card or a LinkedIn connection. They hate it because it seems cheap and transactional. They hate it because they tried going to a couple of 'networking events' and they just seemed like a waste of time.

If you can relate to any of these comments, I don't blame you for hating it. But it turns out that effective networking isn’t nearly as bad as many of us have come to expect. The bad perceptions come from common perceptions of networking that are just wrong.

This workshop will help you see a much more positive view of connecting with people for the purpose of advancing your career and will give you some techniques for building your professional network that even introverts can do well.

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize that many of the common stereotypes about networking are not a good representation of effective networking after all
  2. Describe why networking is so important for getting a good job and building a career
  3. List six steps to developing a network based on genuine connections, not superficial contacts
  4. Introduce themselves in a manner that is sure to get an interesting conversation started.


David M. Giltner, PhD – Founder and President of TurningScience

David has spent more than twenty years developing cutting-edge photonics technologies into commercial products in the fields of optical communications, remote sensing, directed energy, and scientific instrumentation. In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide training and support for scientists of all disciplines seeking to enter the private sector as employees, collaborators, or entrepreneurs.

David is the author of the books Turning Science into Things People Need: Voices of Scientists Working in Industry and It’s a Game, not a Formula: How to Succeed as a Scientist Working in the Private Sector and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor on the topics of technology commercialization, product development, and career design. David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds seven patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.

Contact me about this short-course

Scientists working in the private sector find that there is often no single right answer to many of the questions they face. For a scientist who has been trained in the skills and habits of looking for right answers, this is often a shift in thinking. At TurningScience, we say that being successful requires understanding that ‘It’s a game, not a formula.’ This talk will help you understand this principle!