Business Networking

Learn effective networking skills and build stronger connections with people you meet.

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Course overview

Online (VR optional)


29 online lessons

Digital certificate

5 VR scenarios

3 hours to complete

What you will learn

Techniques for building meaningful relationships with a wide range of people

How to win new business clients and advance your career

Why body language, what you say and how you say it impacts relationships

Understand how to network effectively online

Examine ways to follow up and maintain relationships

Find new business connections through networking

Effective networking is an important aspect of career development. Building relationships with a wide range of people can win you new business clients, increase your chance of finding a new job, as well as advancing your career.

Learn how to enjoy networking, make others feel at ease talking to you, how to enter and exit a group of people, and how to build meaningful connections. You'll learn different networking techniques with online classes and then practice these in virtual environments.

Online learning, done differently

We combine online classes with realistic practice for a unique learning approach. If you have a VR headset, you can practice what you learn in VR scenarios.

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Learn with tutorial classes

You’ll complete a series of videos, quizzes, slideshows and case studies through our online platform - available to access at any time.

VirtualSpeech app running on an Oculus Quest

Practice in realistic VR

If you have a VR headset, you can practice what you learn in networking VR scenarios. Networking is just like any other skill - you need to practice to improve.

VirtualSpeech's learn, practice, improve loop

Improve with feedback

Receive feedback on your business networking skills through both online quizzes and the VR scenarios. This feedback will help you to improve your networking skills more effectively.

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Course curriculum

  • Overview of the VirtualSpeech course. We explain how VR can help you improve your networking skills by letting you practice in realistic environments.
  • Course overview
  • Welcome
  • Why networking is essential
  • Before attending networking event, spend time preparing in order to get the most out of it. We discuss how to research the event and other participants, what to wear and delivering an elevator pitch.
  • Finding the right networking events
  • Research on the event and attendees
  • Dress well, dress distinctively
  • Get properly equipped
  • Elevator pitch
  • VR Training: Impromptu networking
  • Learn how to connect with people by building rapport with them. Active listening, body language, storytelling and empathy are all covered in this section, which you’ll have to chance to practice in VR.
  • Become an effective listener
  • Body language and attentiveness
  • Good storytellers create rapport
  • The importance of empathy
  • VR Training: Mirroring, eye contact and listening
  • Building rapport with presentation skills
  • This section covers essential tips for the networking event, including how to start and exit a conversation, conversation starters, how to enter a group conversion, and more.
  • General networking tips
  • How to exit a conversation
  • Networking conversation starters
  • How to tell a great story
  • VR Training: Elevator pitch, exiting conversations and storytelling
  • Networking Solo?
  • Dealing with people who disagree with you
  • Learn how to use social media and content creation to grow your online network. Discover how best to follow up, maintain connections you have made and connect with people you didn’t get to meet.
  • Network through social media
  • Create content to expand your network
  • Following up and staying connected
  • Connect with someone you didn’t meet
  • A review of different networking opportunities and how to find them. We cover everything from conferences to local meetup events, to hosting your own dinners.
  • Identify networking opportunities
  • Hosting your own Events
  • Hosting event alternatives

Your instructor

Joseph has led technical teams at companies such as Bookham and BML, and presented at events including the AUVSI, SEG and UAVNET conferences. He has 15 patents to his name and is a senior member of IEEE with a PhD in Electro-Physics from Cornell University.

VR Training Scenarios

If you have a VR headset, you can practice your networking skills at key points during the course. Here are the VR practice scenarios:


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