Networking skills for freelancers

15 Nov, 12:30 - 6 Dec 2021, 13:45
Application deadline
8 Nov 2021


  • Part 1: Mon 15 Nov 12:30 - 13:45
  • Part 2: Mon 6 Dec 12:30 - 13:45


  • Part 1: Mon 7 Feb 17:00 - 18:15
  • Part 2: Thurs 10 Feb 13:00 - 14:15


  • Part 1: Mon 21 Mar 17:00 - 18:15
  • Part 2: Thurs 24 Mar 13:00 - 14:15

This session is part of the ‘Step Up’ strand which offers training to help you move on to a new role or skill up in your current role, giving you the right support at the right time to develop your unscripted TV career.

This course is spread over two days, please only apply if you can attend both days.

Networking is one of the main ways that freelancers find work and keep in the loop. But how do you network without coming across as pushy? And does networking only suit extroverts? (Answer: no!)

In these two 75-minute webinar we look at ways to engage with people who don't know you, and how to plan your approach to meetings and events. We'll also look at how important social media can be in supporting your face-to-face meetings.

There will be plenty of interaction and we'll be demonstrating how networking is really about helping people to get to know you.

Who it's for

New or established freelancers who want to polish their networking skills, raise their profile, keep in the loop and get better work. 

What it covers

  • What networking is really about, and why people often get it wrong
  • How to prepare for meetings and events
  • Good practice for online meetings
  • Some tips for online profiles


David Thomas is a highly experienced broadcaster, trainer and manager, with a special interest in communication and organisational skills.

He has trained freelancers and other creative people at the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, as well as the entertainment and theatre unions BECTU, Equity, NUJ and the Musician’s Union.

His media training is focussed on charities and NGOs. Clients include Age UK, Mencap, MEND, the Disasters Emergency Committee, the King’s Fund and the Electoral Commission, as well as a range of NGOs at the United Nations.

He has been involved in radio and online production for 30 years, mostly with the BBC World Service and local radio. His expertise has taken him all around the world, working with broadcasters from Eastern Europe, the Far East, Africa and the Caribbean.

He has a reputation for reliability and sharp strategic thinking and is an excellent communicator. He has a keen interest in personal development and professional motivation of others, honed through years as a team leader and trainer. 
This session is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from broadcasters, SVoDs and production companies.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.

This course would normally cost participants to attend, but thanks to funding from the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund, we are able to offer it to you for free. If you fail to attend, we reserve the right to request reimbursement of costs, unless your place can be taken by someone else.

David Thomas Media

David Thomas Media

Whether you are a creative freelancer or a spokesperson for a charity, our aim is to help you learn new skills while enjoying yourself. We also pride ourselves in supporting you after the training. Whether it’s with downloadable resources or by phone and email.

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