Episode 191: How to unlock the power of networking

Lia Martinez shares the critical skills necessary to network successfully.

In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Lia offers tips and best practices to fully utilize networking to further your career and technical skills. She explains why seven follow-ups (or touches) is the magic number, the importance of establishing credibility early, and how to use note-taking to your advantage. She outlines the unique ways that both introverts and extroverts struggle with networking (and how to address them). Lia also explores why no one can tell if you have confidence (or not) and why approaching each person as an individual treasure chest can unlock career-defining connections.

This conversation may seem like a soft skill to ignore, but mastering networking could be the tool that unlocks your next scientific discovery or promotion.

Seismic Soundoff · 191: How to unlock the power of networking

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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 in Archaeology at the University of Denver (2008-2010) was completed over two summers by 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 worldwide. 

Lia speaks Spanish and frequently travels to other countries to teach geophysical logging applications for groundwater, environmental, and mining applications. She is the 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).


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Zach Bridges created original music for this show. This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary at TreasureMint. The SEG podcast team is Jennifer Cobb, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis. 

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