Date: 14 Sep 2022

It's September and that means one thing...

Schools are back? Well, yes...

The premature return of gingerbread lattes in Starbucks? Well, yes, that too...

We're still wearing flip-flops and someone is sending out invites to the Christmas party? Unfortunately, yes, that also...

But, most excitingly, it's conference season, and this year we're seeing a marked return to face-to-face events and gatherings... and networking.

Networking is a bit Marmite. But love it or hate it, it can be absolutely invaluable to your career, to your professional and personal development, and for opening up opportunities in all areas of your life.

So... do you know you need to network, but not sure why or how?

Do you find networking intimidating or exhausting?

Is this your first time to an in-person conference, and you're not sure what to expect?

Do you want to get the most of our networking breaks at a conference?

Then this may be the session for you! Join Rachel Drinkwater as she shares her top tips for conference networking, for those new to conferences and old hands alike. Followed by an open Q&A to ask all your conference-related questions.

Rachel Drinkwater

Rachel Drinkwater is has been a Business Analyst for over 20 years, which often comes as a bit of a shock. She is passionate about the profession and is active in the BA community. Rachel is a writer and blogger and has been published in the BCS' ITNow magazine, a number of BA publications and self-publishes to her own blog (

Rachel is fascinated by the effects of the digital world on society, and following her Masters degree in 2016, she continues to undertake academic research in the areas of ethical digital practice, digital in society, and cyber-psychology, and enjoys sharing her findings as a guest lecturer at various universities in addition to speaking at industry conferences. She is also an actor and former Board Director of Teatro Theatre School, a charity who help disadvantaged young people build their confidence through the arts. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking around the English countryside, doing yoga, playing board games, and going to gigs and festivals.



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