IITAGH Presents on Principles of Networking at the JVB IChoose Program

News1-1Engineers and technologists are generally renowned for their hard skills (math, computation, and problem solving).  However, what it often takes to be successful is the use of soft skills.  These include presentation skills, facilitation skills, networking, and understanding of business and finance concepts.

The Jain Vishwa Bharati Center in Houston has launched their IChoose program for those who are younger than 35 years, to help them develop these soft skills.

News1-2On Saturday August 9, 2014, a few IIT Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH) members were part of a panel discussion on networking. The session was facilitated by Pradeep Anand, who walked through the basics of networking and focused on how to build trust in your networks.  He was followed by Pratish Kanani, who talked about how to leverage Linkedin as well as how to keep your network fresh and active.  Sundy Srinivasan followed and talked to the group about the joy of giving without expecting anything in return, which can sometimes offer multifold returns.  Finally, Karthik Rajan talked about the importance of listening and added some levity by comparing networking to dating.

News1-3The session included presentations and some team interaction, and wrapped up with some wonderful chai and samosa for all of the participants.

Vivek Jain, the organizer of the IChoose program commented, “All of you brought different points to the table and touched on the aspect of networking from a different angle.  I am sure these resonated with the group in some form and will force them to look at their actions with a different perspective.”

As part of the IITAGH focus on Connect, Develop and Give Back, the group felt that all of these were touched on in some way.  IITAGH will be hosting skill building workshops as part of the IITAGH forum and will focus on helping its members develop highly needed soft skills.  For more information, please visit the Events page at