THE ACCIDENTAL
NETWORKER

Cindy Hill, Hill Information Consulting Group

January 2010
MY BACKGROUND

   Cindy Hill

   Solo librarian, info center manager, consultant,
    entrepreneur, international speake...
WHY NETWORK

   Can you really work alone?

   Learning from others

   Sharing experiences

   The bigger perspective...
THE BIG PICTURE:
                A SOCIAL NETWORK DIAGRAM



                          Christian           1st Degree
    ...
START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
“…create information that people want. Create
  an online presence that people are eager to
  consume. Establish a virtual...
“…And one that employers will find.”




            David Meerman Scott, www.webinknow.com Nov 11, 2008
IDEA: AT WORK

   Walk around

   Join a team

   Never eat alone

   Attend meetings

   Share ideas

   Talk!

  ...
IDEA: WITHIN THE PROFESSION

   Meet people from other SLA units

   Attend other conferences, meetings

   Mentor othe...
IDEA: AT THE CONFERENCE

   Strike up a conversation with someone new

   Attend receptions, parties, vendor events

  ...
IDEA: AT HOME

   Read outside the professional literature

   Attend webinars – outside the profession

   Community e...
USE TECHNOLOGY TO CONNECT

   Discussion lists

   LinkedIn

   FaceBook

   Twitter

   Blogs

   ???
CONNECTIONS

 Maintain a rolodex

Virtual or physical?

Information details




Source: Flikr.com TOKY Branding and Des...
TOP 10 MISTAKES NETWORKING

   #10 - Failing to show gratitude

   #9 - Not using social media networks

   #8 – Not ta...
TOP 10 MISTAKES NETWORKING

    #5 – Not following up

    #4 – Being selfish (give and take)

    #3 – Not having a pl...
WHAT WORKS

   #10 – Acknowledging & thanking people

   #9 - Starting with the tools you have

   #8 – Setting goals

...
WHAT WORKS

   #5 – Following up

   #4 – Sharing and giving

   #3 – Planning

   #2 – Moving outside your comfort zo...
WHAT TO DO

   Offer insights

   Share experiences and stories

   Give before asking

   Be authentic

   Be open t...
START NOW

   Set goals: SMART ones

   Possibilities:
          Invite someone new to lunch, coffee break

          ...
RESOURCES & CREDITS

 The Virtual Handshake by David Teten & Scott
Allen, www.thevirtualhandshake.com

 www.careerbuilde...
THANK YOU

A special “shout out” to all the SLA Fellows who
responded to my request for tips on networking.
Thanks for sha...
“Pressure Makes Diamonds”
            - Sun IT support guy
THANK YOU!


Cindy Hill
Cindyvhill(at)yahoo.com
FB: http://www.facebook.com/cindyvhill
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/i...
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Presentation on the value of creating a personal network, providing tips and hints specifically for the information professional. Created for SLA's First Five Task Force, January 2010. Cindy Hill, Hill Information Consulting Group

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SLA Networking Presentation Cindy Hill Jan2010

  1. 1. THE ACCIDENTAL NETWORKER Cindy Hill, Hill Information Consulting Group January 2010
  2. 2. MY BACKGROUND  Cindy Hill  Solo librarian, info center manager, consultant, entrepreneur, international speaker  SLA Fellow and Past-President  Shy person
  3. 3. WHY NETWORK  Can you really work alone?  Learning from others  Sharing experiences  The bigger perspective Source: Flicker.com K!T's photostream
  4. 4. THE BIG PICTURE: A SOCIAL NETWORK DIAGRAM Christian 1st Degree Christy Cindy 2nd Degree Rich 3rd Degree Sun Alumni Group Mike
  5. 5. START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
  6. 6. “…create information that people want. Create an online presence that people are eager to consume. Establish a virtual front door that people will happily link to…” David Meerman Scott
  7. 7. “…And one that employers will find.” David Meerman Scott, www.webinknow.com Nov 11, 2008
  8. 8. IDEA: AT WORK  Walk around  Join a team  Never eat alone  Attend meetings  Share ideas  Talk!  Get out of your “space”  Ask for a meeting with a department head
  9. 9. IDEA: WITHIN THE PROFESSION  Meet people from other SLA units  Attend other conferences, meetings  Mentor others  Offer to work on a project, team, task force  Volunteer your time, talent, experiences  Attend webinars – chat!
  10. 10. IDEA: AT THE CONFERENCE  Strike up a conversation with someone new  Attend receptions, parties, vendor events  Have a calling card  Talking in line  Meet the speaker  Follow-up
  11. 11. IDEA: AT HOME  Read outside the professional literature  Attend webinars – outside the profession  Community exposure  Free receptions, events in town  volunteer
  12. 12. USE TECHNOLOGY TO CONNECT  Discussion lists  LinkedIn  FaceBook  Twitter  Blogs  ???
  13. 13. CONNECTIONS  Maintain a rolodex Virtual or physical? Information details Source: Flikr.com TOKY Branding and Design
  14. 14. TOP 10 MISTAKES NETWORKING  #10 - Failing to show gratitude  #9 - Not using social media networks  #8 – Not targeting specific people  #7 – Being a pest  #6 – Not having a personal pitch Adapted from Bill Holland, “Top Ten Mistakes Networking” http://www.slideshare.net/talentproof/top-10-mistakes-networking
  15. 15. TOP 10 MISTAKES NETWORKING  #5 – Not following up  #4 – Being selfish (give and take)  #3 – Not having a plan  #2 – Limiting yourself to people you know  #1 – Failing to network Adapted from: Bill Holland, “Top Ten Mistakes Networking” http://www.slideshare.net/talentproof/top-10-mistakes-networking
  16. 16. WHAT WORKS  #10 – Acknowledging & thanking people  #9 - Starting with the tools you have  #8 – Setting goals  #7 – Controlling your requests  #6 – Knowing why you want to connect
  17. 17. WHAT WORKS  #5 – Following up  #4 – Sharing and giving  #3 – Planning  #2 – Moving outside your comfort zone  #1 – Making connections
  18. 18. WHAT TO DO  Offer insights  Share experiences and stories  Give before asking  Be authentic  Be open to making new friends – virtually
  19. 19. START NOW  Set goals: SMART ones  Possibilities:  Invite someone new to lunch, coffee break  Create a calling card  Write response to one blog posting  Ask a question  Send a thank you note
  20. 20. RESOURCES & CREDITS  The Virtual Handshake by David Teten & Scott Allen, www.thevirtualhandshake.com  www.careerbuilder.com Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, Keith Ferrazzi SLA 23 Things: http://bit.ly/7KcBEb SLA Leadership & Management Division; Solo Librarians Division
  21. 21. THANK YOU A special “shout out” to all the SLA Fellows who responded to my request for tips on networking. Thanks for sharing your ideas! Peter Moon Buzzy Basch Richard Hulsar David Stern Judy Field Doris Helfer Marydee Ojala Ann Caputo
  22. 22. “Pressure Makes Diamonds” - Sun IT support guy
  23. 23. THANK YOU! Cindy Hill Cindyvhill(at)yahoo.com FB: http://www.facebook.com/cindyvhill LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cindyvhill Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cindyhill
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