One of the most noticeable features of the ACS
national meeting career center is an innovation
developed in the career center. It is the learning
tool called networking conversation exercises.
It is included in a couple of workshops and is
such a fun and positive experience for the
audience that they almost don’t want to stop
and want to attend other sessions just to do.
One of my colleagues demonstrated to me how
useful it is to do the exercise more than once.
The networking conversation is a real life, turn
to your neighbor and introduce yourself and hold
a conversation, be attentive listeners, describe what
you do, where you are from and what it is you seek
or wish to learn.
The first time the exercise is performed the feedback
is modest. Some participants are experienced and
share and can probe in a friendly manner. Others need
to learn and experience.
The second time results in a conversation performance
that is a crescendo of an orchestra in the meeting room.
The audience does not want to stop. Business cards
are exchanged, the audience enjoys the new partner,
and the feeling is uniform. A third time results in people
enjoying more opportunities to be guided in a stimulating
growing experience that they want more of
During a session I was delighted to meet a fellow who
was awarded a polymer science recognition and the
editor of Nano-materials that dynamically expanded
my appreciation of the tool.
Please attend this highly recommended learning experience.