Business Networking

Learn effective networking skills with our unique combination of online classes and VR experiences.

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Find new business connections through networking

Effective networking is an important aspect of career development. Building relationships with a wide range of people can win you new business clients, increase your chance of finding a new job, as well as advancing your career.

Learn with tutorial videos, practice in virtual reality, improve your skills

Learn how to enjoy networking, make others feel at ease talking to you, how to enter and exit a group of people, and how to build meaningful connections. You'll learn different networking techniques with online classes and then practice these in virtual reality.

Online learning, done differently

We combine online classes with VR for a unique learning approach. At certain points throughout the course, you'll be prompted to practice what you've learnt in VR.

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Learn with tutorial classes

You’ll complete a series of videos, quizzes, slideshows and case studies through our online platform - available to access at any time.


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Practice in realistic VR

Practice what you learn with VR scenarios specific to this course. Networking is just like any other skill - you need to practice to improve.


VirtualSpeech's learn, practice, improve loop

Improve with VirtualSpeech's loop

Learn online and then practice in VR. This loop occurs multiple times throughout the course and helps you improve more effectively.

Why take a VirtualSpeech course?

Reduce nerves through practice

Practice as often as you like in our realistic virtual simulations, ensuring you’re confident for any future networking event.

Create meaningful connections

Practice building rapport, opening and closing conversations, using body language and other skills in virtual reality.

Develop an essential life skill

Networking skills are essential for a successful career - perfect your skills with our tips for rapport building, asking questions and following up with people.

Be prepared for the real event

Features in our VR app ensure you’ll be better prepared, including interactive virtual avatars, eye contact training and impromptu exercises.

Speak clearly with our voice analysis

Using the latest voice analysis technology, we can pick up hesitation words, pace of voice and more, to ensure you’re speaking clearly.

Build confidence with role play

Prepare for and then practice our role play scenarios in VR. Build up experience and develop quick thinking by handling difficult conversations under time pressure.


What do I get?

Become a networking expert

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Course curriculum


  • Overview of the VirtualSpeech VR app and course. We explain where to download the app and how VR can help you improve your networking skills by letting you practice in a realistic environment.
  • Course guide and resources
  • Welcome
  • Why networking is essential
  • Public speaking in the 21st century
  • Before attending networking event, spend time preparing in order to get the most out of it. We discuss how to research the event and other participants, what to wear and delivering an elevator pitch.
  • Finding the Right Networking Events
  • Research on the Event & Attendees
  • Dress Well, Dress Distinctively
  • Get Properly Equipped
  • Elevator Pitch
  • VR Training: Impromptu Networking
  • Learn how to connect with people by building rapport with them. Active listening, body language, storytelling and empathy are all covered in this section, which you’ll have to chance to practice in VR.
  • Become an Effective Listener
  • Body Language & Attentiveness
  • Good Storytellers Create Rapport
  • The Importance of Empathy
  • VR Training: Mirroring, Eye Contact & Listening
  • This section covers essential tips for the networking event, including how to start and exit a conversation, conversation starters, how to enter a group conversion, and more.
  • Networking Tips
  • How to Exit a Conversation
  • Networking Conversation Starters
  • How to Tell a Great Story
  • VR Training: Elevator Pitch, Exiting Conversation & Storytelling
  • Networking Solo?
  • Your work doesn’t stop when the event is over. You’ll have collected business cards and discussed follow up conversations with people. We discuss how to stay in contact and connect with people you didn’t get to meet.
  • Following Up & Staying Connected
  • Connect with Someone you Didn’t Meet
  • A review of different networking opportunities and how to find them. We cover everything from conferences, to local meetup events, to hosting your own dinners.
  • Identify networking opportunities
  • Hosting your own Events
  • Hosting Event Alternatives
  • How you network varies by country. In this section, we look at the major differences between the U.K. and the U.S., as well as a brief look at networking in Africa.
  • Course Feedback
  • Tips for Introverts

Your instructor

Joseph course author

Joseph

Joseph has led technical teams at companies such as Bookham and BML, and presented at events including the AUVSI, SEG and UAVNET conferences. He has 15 patents to his name and is a senior member of IEEE with a PhD in Electro-Physics from Cornell University.

VR Training: Unique VR Content for this Course

Practice with the leading networking VR app, downloaded by over 150,000 users. At key points during the online part of the course, you'll be prompted to practice what you've learnt in one of the following VR training courses.

Improve faster with our VR features

Our VR app is full of useful features to help you grow your skills.

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Effective Networking

Practice your elevator pitch, effective listening, conversation closers and building rapport.

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Realistic Environments

Develop your networking skills with our realistic virtual environments and audiences.

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Voice Analysis

Receive instant feedback on your conversations using the latest voice analysis technology.


See our App Guide for more information on features and environments within our VR app.

Need a VR headset?

A headset is required to use the VR training - if you don't already have one, select the headset option when you enroll and we'll send you one.

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Grow your career through networking

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