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YOR20 - Speed Networking

Networking – a term that usually inspires fear, dread, or some mixture of the two in the majority of conference attendees – is a key part of any/every conference that you’re likely to go to. Despite its bad reputation, networking is the key to professional success both in industry and academia. It allows you to broaden your circle of contacts, share your ideas/work/problems with a wider audience and maybe even find your next job opportunity.

At this year’s YOR20 Conference, we’ll be hosting a speed-networking event at the start of day one i.e. Tuesday 4 April 2017, which will allow you to get to know your fellow delegates and stimulate some useful conversations.  To encourage everyone to attend this really important session, some benefits to speed networking are as follows: -

  • It’s a really quick and easy way to make yourself known to lots of people; you’ll have a limited amount of time to introduce yourself and to find out as much information as you can about your fellow delegates – helping you to target specific people for longer conversations later on.
  • This limited amount of time, will help you to work on your so-called ‘elevator pitch’. Being able to summarise who you are and what you do in a very short space of time really helps to focus the mind and should allow you to give a succinct and engaging account; speed-networking allows you to go slightly beyond a 60 second pitch and get a little deeper beyond the ‘sales pitch’.
  • Last but perhaps most importantly, it’s great fun and you might even make some new friends.

For more information on this part of the day, feel free to contact me, Kuangyi Liu on  It would be great to see as many of you of there as possible!