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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, ...

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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  • 1. THE ACCIDENTAL NETWORKER Cindy Hill, Hill Information Consulting Group January 2010
  • 2. MY BACKGROUND  Cindy Hill  Solo librarian, info center manager, consultant, entrepreneur, international speaker  SLA Fellow and Past-President  Shy person
  • 3. WHY NETWORK  Can you really work alone?  Learning from others  Sharing experiences  The bigger perspective Source: Flicker.com K!T's photostream
  • 4. THE BIG PICTURE: A SOCIAL NETWORK DIAGRAM Christian 1st Degree Christy Cindy 2nd Degree Rich 3rd Degree Sun Alumni Group Mike
  • 5. START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
  • 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. “…And one that employers will find.” David Meerman Scott, www.webinknow.com Nov 11, 2008
  • 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. 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. 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. IDEA: AT HOME  Read outside the professional literature  Attend webinars – outside the profession  Community exposure  Free receptions, events in town  volunteer
  • 12. USE TECHNOLOGY TO CONNECT  Discussion lists  LinkedIn  FaceBook  Twitter  Blogs  ???
  • 13. CONNECTIONS  Maintain a rolodex Virtual or physical? Information details Source: Flikr.com TOKY Branding and Design
  • 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. 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. 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. WHAT WORKS  #5 – Following up  #4 – Sharing and giving  #3 – Planning  #2 – Moving outside your comfort zone  #1 – Making connections
  • 18. WHAT TO DO  Offer insights  Share experiences and stories  Give before asking  Be authentic  Be open to making new friends – virtually
  • 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. 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. 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. “Pressure Makes Diamonds” - Sun IT support guy
  • 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