From Freezing to Breezing

Great Networking Skills: From Freezing to Breezing

VMA workshop – Wednesday 27th January 2016, Buckingham

When we’re out networking, first impressions matter… a lot! But for many, networking can be a real challenge. What do you say? What if you’re awkward? What if you don’t make a good first impression?

Do you want to…

  • Meet more key people to further your career?
  • Be familiar with the basics and principles of networking?
  • Be in control and work any room with increased self-confidence?
  • Understand what it takes to be a great networker?

Then this is a one day workshop you won’t want to miss.  The VMA has teamed up with the Vital Consultancy to help you build your networking skills and boost your confidence.  This engaging workshop will examine the purposes and benefits of networking, help you prepare to network, and overcome classic networking fears.

What better way to prepare for your next networking opportunity, whether that’s VPMA/SPVS Congress, VMA Awards or a regional business meeting.

 What you will learn:

  • Blockages to networking excellence
  • Creating positive and memorable first impressions
  • Clarifying the skills and traits of confident and effective networkers
  • The No.1 principle of building relationships
  • How to create your own ‘elevator pitch’

Exercises to enjoy:

  • Breaking the ice
  • How to move into groups
  • How to move on after the conversation has finished
  • How to deal with rude people
  • Answering the question “What do you do?”


Ali Chadwick and The Vital Consultancy


Ali began her career in media sales with publishing giant ‘Emap’, now ‘Bauer’. Following a successful career as a salesperson, sales manager, trainer and head of ad training, Ali left the company in 2001 to start her own business – The Vital Consultancy.

Vital specialises in delivering exciting and inspirational training and coaching in sales, management, customer services and communication skills generating measurable results for clients. Vital is a deliberately small company focusing on a thorough understanding of each individual client and priding itself on strong working relationships. Ali is a trained ‘GROW’ management coach and a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming.

In her personal life, Ali enjoys the performing arts whilst grappling daily with the myriad challenges of raising a teenager. She balances a fondness for all types of chocolate with a varied fitness regime.

Testimonials from Ali’s previous VMA Workshops

Ali is a very engaging and energetic speaker and really knows her subject well.  I gained some useful insights and some clarity and feel re-motivated; it was a day well spent. I would happily attend any of Ali’s other courses.


Ali was very interesting and brought a lot of energy and knowledge with her, very good speaker.


Unlike a lot of courses I’ve attended Ali kept our attention well, made the workshop fun whilst informative and her real life scenarios where she has used coaching skills to get the best out of people really helped cement the areas covered and how to put them in place. I think the other attendees will agree that Ali put us all at ease very early on. Overall Ali’s delivery was clear, concise and extremely well put together.