How to Network at Conferences

Are you comfortable approaching a group of strangers at a conference? If you do approach, would you know what to say? 

In this talk we will dive into how to get the most out of networking at conferences. Lia Martinez has more than 15 years’ experience networking in both science and non-science environments, attending well over 10 conferences a year and weekly local meetups.

Networking often boils down to few key concepts that are easy to implement even for the beginner or introvert. We will cover how to craft and use your personal ‘Elevator Pitch’ when entering a new conversation, how to network efficiently in a large room of people, and how to build rapport with a new acquaintance in a conversation, using skills such as mirroring, framing, language that puts your acquaintance at ease, and leading questions.

Speaker Bio

Lia Martinez

Lia Martinez is a Geophysical Engineer working with Mount Sopris Instruments in Denver, Colorado. She received her B.Sc. degree in Geophysical Engineering with a minor in Physics from the Colorado School of Mines in 2007. Her Master’s thesis work in Archaeology at the University of Denver (2008-2010) was completed over two summers applying ground penetrating radar to a pre-Incan mound site in highland Ecuador. Lia has worked with Mount Sopris Instruments since 2013. Her work includes sales, field training, online marketing, equipment development, and technical support for geophysical borehole instrumentation and software around the world. Lia speaks Spanish and frequently travels to other countries to teach geophysical logging applications for groundwater, environmental, and mining applications. She is past Secretary of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Near Surface Technical Section (SEG NSTS) and past VP-Committees and Member at Large for the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS).