Do you have a strong professional network of people who can help you move forward professionally? Does the thought of networking scare you because you feel uncomfortable in situations where you're expected to be outgoing and make conversation with people you don't know? Regardless of your strengths and weaknesses, situation or occupation, a key factor in advancing your career is using good communication skills to build strong professional relationships and maintain an effective business network of contacts. This course provides you with the essential communication skills required to establish a business network and includes strategies for building rapport with new contacts during networking opportunities. It also covers best practices for maintaining your network so that business contacts can help you achieve your career goals. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.