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Networking is a low-cost activity that is great for building new business relationships and generating business opportunities, and participants are introduced to the skills required to network effectively.

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A Brief Introduction to Networking

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 40 minutes.

Aims:
• To have a clear definition of networking.
• To provide some simple hints and tips for networking.

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Time:
The exercises in this module will take about 25 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 40 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To have a clear definition of networking.
• To provide some simple hints and tips for networking.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 25 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
A simple introduction to networking that includes an aide memoire to help participants capitalise on networking opportunities.

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Identifying Networks

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To raise awareness of different networking opportunities.

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Time:
The exercise in this module will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To raise awareness of different networking opportunities.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 25 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This is a useful follow on to "A Brief Introduction to Networking".

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Influence 1 - The Games People Play

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 70 minutes.

Aims:
• To enable participants to consider the value and difficulty caused by organisational politics and political games.
• To create an understanding that managers cannot avoid politics and so need to know the games in which they may – deliberately or inadvertently – be playing.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 40 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 70 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To enable participants to consider the value and difficulty caused by organisational politics and political games.
• To create an understanding that managers cannot avoid politics and so need to know the games in which they may – deliberately or inadvertently – be playing.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to about 20 participants. It tends not to work well with very small groups.

Useful For:
All managers, but particularly those who are new to management and may not understand the political nature of organisations, including their own.

You'll Need:
Post-it notes, marker pens, a flipchart and copies of the handout provided.

Notes:
This is the first in a series of three modules examining influence, power and politics. It can be used on its own as a short session or with the other two to form a complete half day programme.

Politics is often seen as a ‘dirty word’ by many people, or as one in which they have no interest. The purpose of this module is for the participants to recognise that divorcing themselves from politics is a decision that could affect them adversely – and is, in itself, a political act. To influence the direction an organisation is taking means people taking part in politics.

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Influence 2 - Sources of Power

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 50 minutes.

Aims:
• To enable participants to understand what power is and where it comes from.

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Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 25 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 50 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To enable participants to understand what power is and where it comes from.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to about 20 participants. It tends not to work well with very small groups.

Useful For:
All managers, but particularly those who are new to management and may not understand that power comes from many different sources, not just authority.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This is part two of three modules looking at influence, politics and power. It can be run on its own or combined with the other two modules to make a complete half day programme.

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Influence 3 - Profile of Power

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 50 minutes.

Aims:
• To allow participants the opportunity to identify their own sources of power, to know which they need to develop and to have an action plan for doing this.

About

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 50 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 80 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To allow participants the opportunity to identify their own sources of power, to know which they need to develop and to have an action plan for doing this.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to about 20 participants.

Useful For:
All managers but especially those who are new to the management role and may feel that they have little power of their own to allow them to accomplish results.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This module is the third in a series looking at influence, power and politics. Whilst this module can be run on its on, it will have more effect if used as a follow on to the work done in Influence 2 - Sources of Power.

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Snap! - Introduction to Networking Skills

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To build awareness of basic networking skills.
• To provide a model that will help participants get the most from their networking opportunities.
• To provide an opportunity for participants to practise their networking skills.

About

Time:
The exercises in this module will take about 20 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes to complete this module.

Aims:
• To build awareness of basic networking skills.
• To provide a model that will help participants get the most from their networking opportunities.
• To provide an opportunity for participants to practise their networking skills.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of any size.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
One whole postcard per participant, plus a few spare ones. Select postcards with a variety of images: Countryside, coastal, historic buildings, modes of transport, animals etc.

Notes:
This module is a useful icebreaker for any networking event. It can also be used as an ideal follow-on to 'A Brief Introduction to Networking'.

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