Mentoring and Networking

Developmental Network Map

Opportunities for Networking:

  • National meetings
  • Local meetings
  • Anywhere
  • After presentations

Strategies for Networking

  • Mention introduces
  • Ask mentor
  • Make connection based on place/topic
  • Look up contacts
  • How to stand out – email before event and create connection; clarify intention/expectations (be limited)
  • Taxi
  • Business cards (see Educational Media)
  • NIH bio sketch
  • Informational interview; make them feel good

Types of Mentor

  • Content
  • Career
  • Personal
  • Strategy/politics
  • Coaching
  • Resources

How to Approach People

  • Schedule them and have an agenda

Due Diligence

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