Speed Networking

Linda Wilkinson | April 07, 2016

Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About Communications Paths in 8 Minutes or Less

Paths _Linda Wilkinson (3)I am a big believer in mentorship so when Student Development Director Crystal Komanchuk asked me to be one of the facilitators at the Paths Mentorship Program Event on March 30, I was excited to be part of it.

Speed Networking

This speed networking event was not your usual panel discussion with follow-up questions. Instead, there were seven facilitators from various communications backgrounds, each situated at their own table. We were given five minutes to share the story of our communications path. Then there were three minutes allotted for questions at the end.

With a background in freelance writing that includes writing for print and online publications, marketing and journalism, SEO web copywriting, and more recently fund development, I had fun reducing my story to five minutes. But I’m glad I did. Each group I shared with had great questions and the conversations went in several different directions. It was a lot of fun!


Speed networking may be fast and furious, but I found it very effective. I have made connections with several people in LinkedIn and look forward to advising a fellow writer with her new freelance writing venture.

Mentorship is vital for growth in the communications field, and connecting face-to-face with students and those new to the communications field is a great way to pass on knowledge gained through experience.

Missed all the fun? Check out the full event recap by Sabrina Licata.

Linda Wilkinson is the principal at Anvaya Communications and has a background in freelance writing for print and online publications, web copywriting and fund development. Currently, Linda is doing geneology research for a family history book she is writing and can't wait for the trip to Ireland for the hands-on portion of the research.

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