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First Steps

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Starting and maintaining your professional network

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  • Slide 1 Building a professional network will not make a lot of money for you.
    But it will help you to excel in your chosen craft.
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  • Slide 2 Self-reflection is like daily exercise taken to examine our thoughts, deeds, words and actions.
    Image: “Echo and Narcissus (1903)”, a Pre-Raphaelite interpretation by John William Waterhouse
    The Roman poet Ovid wrote about the story of Narcissus in his Book III of the Metamorphoses. Narcissus is described as “having fallen in love with the things for which he is deeply admired” and wastes away with his own love for himself, transforming into a pale lily flower named the narcissus.
    A professional network can be like a mirror from which we gain a view of ourselves operating in a public forum. Unlike Narcissus, at work we have Key Performance Indicators to prod us awake lest we fall asleep marvelling at our own beauty.
    A professional network is a public place where peers kindly critique each other’s skills and abilities.
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  • Slide 3 Engaging in a professional network helps to moderate our public voice.
    Not like the words of the character Roy (played by Barry Otto) from the Australian film Cosi: “I know you can take criticism Jerry, because you must get a lot of it.”
    Be kind.
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  • Slide 4: 'Knowledge is Power' - just how many nuts can you eat?
    I found that instead, 'Sharing Knowledge is Power'
    Give a little, get a little back
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  • Slide 5: Who’s in my network?
    - Building a support network to survive 'in the system'
    - Crowd sourcing solutions to shared problems
    - Gravitating to groups where it is safe to ask the questions to which I need answers, and safe to contribute to the conversation
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First Steps

  1. 1. First Steps Starting and maintainingyour professional network Simon Brown, SkillsTech Australia
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