Networking an art or a task

There is no denying the fact that networking skills has become as equally important as technical skills, if not more. Those who master the art of networking can get more advantages over those who lack this skill. The good news is, like any other soft skills, this can be learned and gets better with practice. The 22nd September, 2017 session was dedicated to this non-technical topic. CA Benno Parackal, the serving Vice-Chairman of the Brisbane Chapter was the invited speaker for the event. He presented the importance of networking and shared the practical tips and tricks to master the skills of networking from his experience. Audience were excited to be a part of the
engaging session and a paradigm shift from regular technical sessions organized by the Chapter. 

The session began with light snacks and networking event for the first half hour. The actual presentation and discussion took place during the final two hours. As part of the session, the speaker made members to play an Icebreaker game in which the audiences had to pair up with another member of the audience least known to them and find out a common interest between the pair in a short time. 

Benno also discussed about the professional networking site “LinkedIn”. He demonstrated with his LinkedIn profile what can be done to make the LinkedIn profile look professional and what needs to be avoided. CA Rajeev Sharma presented the speaker with a token of appreciation. The session was then officially ended by the Chairman Surendra Sharma by thanking the speaker and audience members. The attending members were granted 2 CPE hours from ICAI.