Bart Gonzalez, CYC Corps Member at Lorain County Community College
Strengthen Existing Contacts Get to know people personally. Pick up the phone. Meet in person. Be engaging in your digital communications.
Strong Network Strategies Volunteer. Join or start an affinity group (book club, knitting club, gaming group). Participate in work projects that include partner organizations. Engage in online discussions. Go to events and really talk to people!
Volunteer Organize an event. – Representing an organization. – On your own with a committee. Volunteer at an event. Coordinate a project. End Goal: You meeting and getting to know new people!
Affinity Group Expanding your network need not be limited to professional interests. To find a group, use Meetup.com, do a Google search, ask your network.
http://forums.e- democracy.org/groups/inclusion http://forums.e- democracy.org/groups/inclusion http://media-democracy.net/ (Sign up for email alerts.) http://media-democracy.net/ LinkedIn Group – Community Technology Instructors & Managers Local listservs Online Discussions
Use an email signature with your org name, email and phone number. Dont assume others know anything about your organization or project. Ask for advice. Give advice, graciously. Online Discussion Tips
Attend Events Talk to people you do not know. How did you find this group? Wow, its crowded, is this your first time here? What a fabulous purse. Where did you find it?
Network Building on LinkedIn Add new contacts regularly. Post interesting status updates. Write recommendations. Join Groups. – Find those with real conversation. – Participate in the conversation. DO NOT self promote.
Network Building on Twitter Find others with similar interests. Use at events. – Find hashtag of the event. – Follow interesting people using the hashtag. – Participate in the conversation. Post AND reply. – Find the other Twitter users DURING the event.
Network Building on Twitter Professional username. Mix personal and professional posts. Retweet. Thoughtful conversation.
Time Concern: Already dont have enough time with my family. Possible Solution: Find an activity that involves the family and also has you meeting new people. Concern: I dont have time! Possible Solution: Carefully choose one new activity with defined time commitment.
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