The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of sharing ideas, collaboration and promotion of the life sciences and health technologies (LHST) sector to promote scientific culture and innovation.

Project description

The InVivo Talent Project will facilitate the connection of students in life sciences and health technologies (LSHT) with key players of the sector. This project will include the creation of a guide on the labor market and good networking practices, as well as networking/mentoring workshops with experts to address key LSHT themes. The objective is to help the next generation better integrate into the industry and develop effective relationships in their professional network.



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Guide to good networking practices​

Explore the best practices to take full advantage of  networking events

There are several good practices to incorporate into your approach when networking at an event. This guide will allow you to better equip yourself to make your networking sessions a real professional investment! Follow these steps below:

Step 1: Prepare to network


Determine what you want to achieve in networking


Know who will be present


Prepare in advance what will be said


Prepare your presentation pitch in advance

Determine what you want to achieve in networking:

Find an internship, get professional advice, broaden your horizons, etc. Clearly define your personal and professional goals.

Know who will be there, who could introduce you, what will happen there:

Schedule meetings or send emails in advance to make sure you get this information.

Prepare in advance what is going to be said, what information you absolutely want to convey:

  • Prepare some ice breakers in advance.
  • IMPORTANT: Prepare a brief presentation of yourself. Be prepared to talk about your skills, experiences, and professional goals clearly and concisely. Practice your presentation in advance.
  • Bring business cards.

Have your LinkedIn profile up to date:

  • Professional and attractive profile photo.
  • Impactful title.
  • Summary that highlights your skills and goals.
  • If you are looking for a job, indicate on your profile that you are looking for a job via the “open to work” option.

Step 2: During the event


Arrive early


Listen actively


Non-verbal communication


Show your engagement


Adapt your speech

Arrive early:

Smile from the start of the event and try to remember the names of the people you spoke with.

Listen actively :

  • Be receptive
  • Be interested
  • Do not interrupt
  • Stay attentive and focused
  • Project yourself
  • Ask questions
  • Clarify if misunderstanding

Non-verbal communication

  • Project he image of a friendly person, who has a good state of mind, is open, who is in control of the situation.
  • Look the person in the eyes.


If you know the person:

  • Reasonable length of conversation.
  • Follow up on the previous meeting, move the partnership forward.
  • Do not be a spectator of the discussion, remain active and available to the interlocutors.
  • Ask for references, opinions, ideas.
  • Dare to go talk to people, approach people.

If you don’t know the person:

  • Before speaking, mentally review the game plan.
  • Demonstrate conviction in the approach.
  • Your interlocutor must quickly know who you are, what you do, what your studies are, why they should consider your profile.
  • Discuss possible next steps to get the resources you need. Position yourself as a person open to opportunities.

Step 3: Following the event


Follow your contacts on social media


Participate in exchange communities


Ask for feedback


Send follow-up emails

Follow your contacts online:

After a professional meeting, follow your contacts on social networks, send them a thank you message and stay in touch regularly.

Participate in exchange communities:

Be proactive and participate in exchange communities such as Montreal InVivo’s B2B/2GO, LinkedIn, or online groups in your field.

Ask for feedback:

  • Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback and send follow-up emails if topics have been covered.
  • Maintain long-term monitoring (every 2/3 months for example).
  • Keep an open discussion with the interlocutors.

To view the full guide, click here*.

*the guide is available in French only.

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