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NMRT President's Program pecha kucha presentation at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

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  • “Networking” is not a bad word. It’s not a means to an end.
  • Networking can = connecting 2+ people. It’s just like connecting patrons with information.
  • Anecdote: One librarian asked me for presenter recommendations. I was able to help both her and the librarian I recommended out. Win/win!
  • Use business cards! People are in a hurry. Make your own. Put all your social media accounts on there
  • Only exchange cards if you’ve made a connection. Card distribution and collection is not a contest.
  • Write down info about person as soon as you get a card. Also write down if you need to follow up on something. Don’t throw these away.
  • How do you turn contacts into an actual network? Send an e-mail to all those people whose business cards you’ve collected. This e-mail should be similar to an interview thank-you note: prompt, polite, and describing what you talked about.
  • This e-mail is also where you follow up, if necessary. Send these e-mails as soon as the dust has settled. Keep your cards on you at all times; you never know when you’ll make a connection!
  • What do you do if the connection wasn’t strong enough for an e-mail? Twitter!
  • Twitter is the perfect medium for shy/introverted people. “‘Tis better to be silent and thought a fool...”
  • These online exchanges become built-in discussion topics in person. It will give you the courage to talk to library rock stars.
  • Don’t limit yourself to online interactions, though! Resist the urge to crawl back to your hotel room after dinner each night. Force yourself to go to events. It’s just like exercising!
  • Introverted/shy folks may think: I’m not going into a room full of strangers unless there’s a gun to my head. Peter Bromberg: “Be scared every day and have a drink in your hand.”
  • You need to do things that challenge you as a professional. Carrying a drink prevents you from crossing your arms, which makes you look more approachable.
  • Volunteering at conferences gives you a role to play and an automatic introduction. Anecdote: when I interned for Cognotes, that Press badge gave me courage to ask all sorts of questions!
  • Show your librarian pride! Wear badge ribbons. They’re an automatic conversation starter.
  • What if you can’t afford to go to conferences? Make your own opportunities! Anecdote: I co-created the Virginia NMRT because the state association wasn’t doing enough for new librarians.
  • I’d heard about the Portland, OR InterLibrary Lushes, and thought monthly librarian happy hours sounded like a fabulous idea. Now they’re a reality. You don’t have to start a whole state division, though! Just pick a time and place, and get the word out.
  • Building a network means you’re establishing your character with others. This will make you a known entity, someone others will want to tap for projects and committees. So always be on your best behavior!
  • Anecdote: Because of my work with the VLA NMRT, I have been asked to publish and chair committees. You can do this, too! Even in a place as big as ALA. Your work will speak for itself, so #makeithappen.
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    1. 1. How to Succeed in Networking without Really Trying Megan Hodge NMRT President’s Program 2012 ALA Annual Conference Anaheim, CA June 23, 2012 @mlhodge
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    15. 15. Suggested Reading • “9 Tips for Navigating Your First Networking Event,” • “A Conference Survival Guide for the Shy and Terrified,” • “Networking Tips for the Reluctant Networker,” • New Networking with Dave Delaney blog, View this presentation on Slideshare @