Advance Your Career thru Social Networks


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Slides used for BDPA Detroit chapter program meeting held in Nov 2008. Guest speaker: Wayne Hicks, CEO of Hicks Enterprises and executive director of BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF). Presentation was made via webinar.

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Advance Your Career thru Social Networks

  1. 1. Advance Your Career thru Social Networks BDPA Detroit Chapter Webinar November 19, 2008
  2. 2. OVERVIEW <ul><li>Pre - Exercise (Assessment) </li></ul><ul><li>Four Components of Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilizing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Managing Relationships at Work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your Boss/Superiors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your Peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subordinates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ten Networking Turn-Offs </li></ul><ul><li>Ten Traits of a Master Networker </li></ul><ul><li>Post Exercise (Action Planning) </li></ul>
  3. 3. True greatness isn’t created in a vacuum. Instead, it is built skill by skill, secret by secret, blending the experience and greatness of others with your own wisdom and technique. - Unknown
  4. 4. What is Networking? NETWORKING is a series of communication links of personal contacts for advice, referrals, and information to help you identify job opportunities. Each of these contacts has his or her own network of people who can ultimately be tapped. Networking simply means the entire circle of relationships you have, excluding no one. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over half of all jobs are found through networking .
  6. 6. Networking Profile <ul><li>Master Networker (90-100) </li></ul><ul><li>Impeccable networking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Could be a politician/Player-Player </li></ul><ul><li>World-Class Role Model </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptable Networker (70 - 79) </li></ul><ul><li>Needs prodding to network </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize improvement needed </li></ul><ul><li>Set higher standards </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplished Networker (80 - 89) </li></ul><ul><li>Solid networking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Room for improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Challenged Networker (=> 69) </li></ul><ul><li>Get out from under the rock </li></ul><ul><li>Watch others and learn </li></ul><ul><li>Being an introvert is not an excuse </li></ul>
  7. 7. Four Components of Networking* <ul><li>Networkers are Aware </li></ul><ul><li>Existing networks </li></ul><ul><li>Human nature to assist and ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited nature of their network </li></ul><ul><li>Networkers have Helpful Attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Be positive </li></ul><ul><li>Be sincere </li></ul><ul><li>Extend yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Networkers hone their communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>complete messages </li></ul><ul><li>Accurate messages </li></ul><ul><li>Listens intensely </li></ul><ul><li>Networkers develop relationship-building habits </li></ul><ul><li>Considerate </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Caring </li></ul><ul><li>Honest & Trustworthy </li></ul>* Networking for Dummies by Donna Fisher
  8. 8. Networks <ul><li>Developing </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Associations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- White </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- African American </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alumni Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Friends/Family </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizing </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t infringe/take liberties </li></ul><ul><li>Be cognizant of time </li></ul><ul><li>Always be gracious </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail vs.. phone </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be presumptuous </li></ul>
  9. 9. Managing Relationships <ul><li>Superiors </li></ul><ul><li>Know what is expected </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate deference </li></ul><ul><li>Insert yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Peers </li></ul><ul><li>Proactively build relationships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lunch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dinner when traveling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other social events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t over or under estimate relationships </li></ul>
  10. 10. Managing Relationships Subordinates and Support staff <ul><li>Make them feel valued </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solicit for input </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrate outside accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get to know them personally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand their wants and desires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inquire about family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Refer to family members by name </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Share your perspective and experiences without being braggadocios </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Ten Networking Turn-Offs* <ul><li>1. Constant or overselling </li></ul><ul><li>2. Hogging the limelight </li></ul><ul><li>3. Making insincere/shallow comments </li></ul><ul><li>4. Treating people like chopped liver </li></ul><ul><li>5. Talking incessantly </li></ul><ul><li>6. Magically appearing business cards </li></ul><ul><li>7. Getting too personal too quickly </li></ul><ul><li>8. Being lazy with relationships </li></ul><ul><li>9. Taking people/things for granted </li></ul><ul><li>10. Being insincere </li></ul>* Networking for Dummies by Donna Fisher
  12. 12. Ten Traits of a Master Networker* <ul><li>1. Self-Aware </li></ul><ul><li>2. Responsive </li></ul><ul><li>3. Make connections </li></ul><ul><li>4. Laser Listeners </li></ul><ul><li>5. Hone their recall skills </li></ul><ul><li>6. Organized </li></ul><ul><li>7. Create possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>8. Know their goals </li></ul><ul><li>9. Givers and Receivers </li></ul><ul><li>10. Consistent </li></ul>* Networking for Dummies by Donna Fisher
  13. 13. Social Networks <ul><li>LinkedIn Network – </li></ul><ul><li>CollectiveX – </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook – </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter – </li></ul>
  14. 14. Social Networks <ul><li>Social Networking Matters – leverage social networks by highlighting your accomplishments & personal experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Know Yourself, Build Your Brand – know what you bring to the table </li></ul><ul><li>Know Your Target – use the Internet to reach potential employers, employees and get bonafide leads! </li></ul><ul><li>Give Back – Volunteer with local BDPA chapter or lead a chapter committee helps build your network and your reputation. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep Going – Continue to hunt; keep your brand alive; publish tomorrow’s article </li></ul>
  16. 16. Reading List <ul><li>Networking for Dummies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By Donna Fisher </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Power Networking:59 Secrets for Personal and Professional Success </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By Donna Fisher, Marilyn Hermance, and Sandy Vilas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Success Runs In Our Race: The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African-American Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By George Fraser with Les Brown </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Women for Hire: The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Job </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tory Johnson, Robyn Spizman, and Lindsey Pollak </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Conclusion <ul><li>Live Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Be sincere </li></ul><ul><li>Extend yourself to others </li></ul>
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