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Building Professional Connections Online : Strengthen Your Online Presence Through Effective Communication presentation in Graduate Student Professional Development series for DASS graduate students.

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Building professional connections online

  1. 1. Building Professional Connections OnlineStrengthen Your Online Presence Through Effective Communication<br />Genevieve Howard<br />Sharon Wood-Turley<br />
  2. 2. Where you are now<br />What are you currently doing?<br />Google yourself. Check regularly and set up Google alerts.<br />
  3. 3. Where you want to be<br />Why build a strong online presence?<br />Connect with other academics in your field.<br />Help you on the job market.<br />Find speaking engagements.<br />Promote your group or business.<br />
  4. 4. Social Media: the big ones<br />Linkedin: page on CAFNR to help you set it up.<br />Facebook: keep it clean, check your privacy settings.<br />Twitter: try it to see if appropriate.<br />Blogging: be ready for time commitment and topics. WordPress is customizable.<br />Academia.edu (research).<br />
  5. 5. @ sign + user name = responding to someone. These are publically visible. @cafnr <br />RT = retweet. This means you are resending someone else’s message. RT @cafnr<br /># = hash tag. These add context to your tweets. #ag<br />D = direct message. You can send direct messages to people who are following you. These are not publically visible. D cafnr<br />Backchannel = Tweets during a live presentation<br />How to talk Twitter<br />
  6. 6. Is Twitter right for you personally?<br />Yes, if you like this kind of online participation. Do you want to follow trends and learn from others in your specialized area?<br />Find people by looking at who your colleagues follow.<br />Who Should I Follow?<br />Wefollow<br />Listorious<br />Most people use an application to manage Twitter, such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite.<br />
  7. 7. Ideas for using Twitter academically<br />Post reminders on assignments.<br />Send links to relevant readings.<br />Promote upcoming events.<br />Ask for opinions, “What should we name our next flavor of ice cream?”<br />Use in the classroom to share questions and thoughts, an official backchannel.<br />Helps to have a person monitoring Twitter stream<br />Use a # hashtag<br />
  8. 8. Web<br />Each MU student has 200 mg of server space.<br />You can use it to post papers and articles.<br />There are also many hosting options. Check for pricing and features.<br />Set up your Google profile page. This will help your name in search results.<br />Slidesharefor presentations.<br />
  9. 9. E-mail management<br />Electronic signature: add links to where you want people to go.<br />Maintain consistent tone across media.<br />Remember grammar and punctuation.<br />Think of your e-mail as public. You never know where it will be forwarded.<br />Less is more. Limit the quantity that you send. People will appreciate it and give more respect to yours when you do send it.<br />
  10. 10. Other considerations<br />How to handle negativity<br />Measurement<br />Transparency: Personal vs. private vs. professional<br />Thank you! <br />If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Genevieve Howard, howardg@missouri.edu<br />Sharon Wood-Turley, swt@missouri.edu<br />

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