Networking is a required social skill for career success, but it may not come as naturally for everyone. Here are a few TED Talks that provide some helpful networking tips, whether you’re just starting out in the job market or a veteran in your industry.

10 ways to have a better conversation
by Celeste Headlee

When your job depends on human contact, you need to learn the art of conversation. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations.

Networking for people who hate networking
by Adam Grant

Organisational Psychologist Adam Grant believes that one must argue like he’s right and listen like he’s wrong. This talk outlines more effective (and less awkward) strategies than a business card for building connections

The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven’t met yet
by Tanya Menon

Narrow social circles with similar people will hardly expand our horizons. Organizational psychologist Tanya Menon talks about how expanding our social universes can lead to new ideas and opportunities.

The power of meaningful networking
by Andrew Griffiths

Networking is daunting across generations. Andrew Griffiths shares his secret to mastering networking and grab on to opportunities coming your way.

Networking is not working
by Doug McColgin

Doug McColgin explains that networking exclusively within your industry or organisation will not do you much good, because you will meet people with the same work-specific vocabulary and mindset. Mingling outside of this circle will help you gain new perspectives.

An introvert’s guide to networking
by Rick Turoczy

Rick claims that everyone knows someone that someone else should know. This insightful Ted Talk provides a different angle to what is usually seen as a “self-serving” practice.

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