NSPE PE Institute
Networking Strategies: An Unconventional Approach to Connecting with Others
The word "networking" conjures up images of socializing, glad handing, inane small-talk, and elevator pitches - everything that makes the engineer's eyeballs roll.
In this unconventional networking workshop by writer, improviser, speaker, and humor researcher Nancy Watt, attendees learn the art and science of listening, authenticity, and human connection. Using the tools and techniques of improvisational theatre, our communication skills improve and we appreciate and build on the connections made.
These same techniques are now part of engineering curriculum in many universities, providing engineers with a much-needed communication skill set.
"The bottom line is that so much of engineering work is collaborative, and the kind of communication skills that improv cultivates in invaluable." - Ed Scheinerman, Vice Dean for Graduate Education. Johns Hopkins University
1. Listen differently
2. Accept and acknowledge personal discomfort and cognitive dissonance
3. Gain insight
4. Be comfortable with ambiguity
5. Cultivate curiosity
6. Network powerfully
Nancy Watt Communications
Rated in the top five Leadership Workshops at Microsoft’s INPSIRE global conference for four years, Communication Specialist for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and an international speaker, facilitator and improviser, Nancy Watt delivers powerfully creative and memorable sessions.
Her speaking engagements and workshops have been delivered extensively throughout the tech, education, government, business, and healthcare sectors. She’s delivered to academic institutions, and Engineering and Science departments at Harvard University, Princeton, MIT, Rutgers, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Caltech, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and McMaster University. Her work is referenced in academic papers for pedagogical experiential learning and a psychology journal outlining a pilot experiment lowering social anxiety disorder amongst at-risk youth in Hamilton, Ontario.
She’s from Second City’s Improv Conservatory and Sketch Writing Programs in Toronto and Chicago. She has a B.A. in Psychology/Sociology, Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, an Applied Improv Practitioner, and a graduate of Cornell’s Executive Program in Diversity & Inclusion. In addition to EQi 2.0, she was in the first graduating cohort of AQ, Adaptability Quotient from AQai.
Nancy delivers the program, H.A.P.P.I.E., How to Apply Positive Psychology Improv Exercises.