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Using Social Networking to build your YMCA career


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I used this slideshow at a YMCA staff conference that was focused on how to grow your self and individual career, not how to work for the YMCA better. This is all about how to use social networking to benefit yourself. I know I am missing parts and would welcome feedback. I tried to keep it at a starter level.

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Using Social Networking to build your YMCA career

  1. 1. Social Networks… … not just 4 kidz Image from
  2. 2. When you think about Social Networks you might think….
  3. 3. = place 4 kids to be stoopid
  4. 4. = place 4 college kids with nothing else to do
  5. 5. Let’s not forget these either. not even sure what those are?
  6. 6. or all these...
  7. 7. By now you are wondering what this has to do with growing my career.
  8. 8. Social Networking as a career tool Networking Tool Online Reputation Resource Library Who you know Who you are What you know
  9. 9. This guy is so crazy. I will just smile and Nod. I cant get my own work done, how would I have time to play on the internet all day?
  10. 10. Lets put the question of finding time for this in the parking lot for now.
  11. 11. Resource Library Surfing the web more purposefully …
  12. 12. You’re surfing the web.. You find an article, tool or web site you really like! You probably save it as a favorite.
  13. 13. <ul><li>Favorites </li></ul><ul><li>stored locally – only accessible on that computer </li></ul><ul><li>sorted by folder </li></ul>But using favorites has its limits… <ul><li>Social Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Public or private </li></ul><ul><li>Searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Tagged not folders </li></ul><ul><li>Can be tied to Facebook, Twitter, & other Social Networks </li></ul>
  14. 14. Tagging <ul><li>family </li></ul><ul><li>vacation </li></ul><ul><li>Kentucky </li></ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><li>outdoors </li></ul><ul><li>Heye </li></ul><ul><li>NaturalBridge </li></ul><ul><li>all6 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Enter title and description Send to friends in your network Tag with Keywords Tagging a web site
  16. 16. Browse your bookmarks Browse bookmarks by keywords Search bookmarks Using your tags
  17. 17. Share your bookmarks Browse your networks’ bookmarks Search other people’s bookmarks Sharing your tags or using other peoples’ tags
  18. 18. you want to hear the latest or other opinions. To stay current… Those opinions are on blogs.
  19. 19. What is a Blog? A blog (a contraction of the term weblog ) is a type of website , usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.
  20. 20. Find some blogs to read Or just visit your favorite websites or news channels and look for blogs
  21. 21. So why not just Google it? Does that really say 446 MILLION? How do you know which ones to read?
  22. 22. If you don’t know where to start, alltop has done some of the work for you.
  23. 23. Pick an Alltop topic Shows you articles from most popular sites Shows you posts from most popular blogs
  24. 24. Gathers your feeds (subscriptions) How do you find time to read other people’s blogs? RSS or Feed
  25. 25. What is RSS and Reader? Someone creates the content Content is transmitted You set the channel to watch it
  26. 26. Look for the RSS symbol Look for the RSS symbol Right click on RSS Symbol and select copy shortcut (or copy link location
  27. 27. Click add, paste link Ability to quickly scan headlines Get new content from numerous web sites automatically
  28. 28. Review Resource library <ul><li>Tag articles of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Tag vendors or tools </li></ul><ul><li>Search other people’s resources </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to blogs </li></ul>
  29. 29. Networking tool Who you know Or better yet, who your friends and colleagues know…
  30. 30. Professional Network <ul><li>Online resume </li></ul><ul><li>Rolodex </li></ul><ul><li>Post accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Join peer groups </li></ul>Personal Network <ul><li>Personal profile </li></ul><ul><li>Friend & Family list </li></ul><ul><li>Share photos, video, stories </li></ul>Start with these networks… NOTE: Good practice to separate professional and personal communication.
  31. 31. Balance work and personal <ul><li>Think through and understand what is appropriate to share and where it is allowed </li></ul><ul><li>Read the policies in your employee manual </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of YMCA equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing confidential information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra caution with minors (Child Abuse) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid posting or acting on behalf of the YMCA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak from your opinion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not use the YMCA logo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If in doubt, start sentence with, In my opinion… </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Connect with network Join groups of peers on a topic Recommend people Post or Find jobs
  33. 33. Find some online communities… Free community for YMCA staff Join the group that is right for you.
  34. 34. Find niche online communities
  35. 35. Tips for Online Discussions <ul><li>Listen first before posting </li></ul><ul><li>Reply to others before asking questions </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to search previous posts </li></ul><ul><li>Read the FAQs, common or “sticky” posts </li></ul><ul><li>When asking questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain what types of replies you are looking for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your manners </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. Review - Networking Tool <ul><li>Stay in touch with those you meet or know </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions with a group of peers </li></ul><ul><li>Get new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Get introductions to others </li></ul><ul><li>Check references </li></ul>
  37. 37. Online Reputation Who you are What you have done What you know What you enjoy
  38. 38. Show who you are! Join groups of peers on a topic Share who you are Work experience Get Recommendations Link to your online references
  39. 39. Share your opinion! Display your network Post your thoughts or opinions Helps you think through your thoughts
  40. 40. Posting is just like using Word Easy ability to add tools Customize the layout without knowing code
  41. 41. Review Online Reputation <ul><li>Build a portfolio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post your experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrate accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Share your opinion and thoughts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get feedback to clarify your ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Answer questions with a group of peers </li></ul><ul><li>Get recommendations </li></ul>
  42. 42. How do you find time to look at all of this? photo from Dsmous on Flickr
  43. 43. Finding time <ul><li>Start small and find what works for you </li></ul><ul><li>Set priorities on tools </li></ul><ul><li>Spend 15-30 minutes each morning reading or answering requests </li></ul><ul><li>Pick one day a week to spend one hour – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing a blog post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanding your network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replying to other people’s questions </li></ul></ul>Consider it an investment…
  44. 44. Be purposeful with time <ul><li>DON’T READ EVERYTHING </li></ul><ul><li>Take time everyday, don’t let it build up </li></ul><ul><li>Limit where you start </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to use filters </li></ul><ul><li>Take time to alter notification settings </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t join everything or friend everyone, it’s OK to say no </li></ul><ul><li>If you fall behind just do a dump </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T READ EVERYTHING </li></ul>Notice how busy this is? The key is to skim and only read what is important to you
  45. 45. It will payoff… <ul><li>the next time you: </li></ul><ul><li>are at a last minute deadline & need quick info </li></ul><ul><li>need a favor </li></ul><ul><li>want to contact someone </li></ul><ul><li>have a question, (they will reply since you did) </li></ul><ul><li>look for a job </li></ul><ul><li>need to show what you have accomplished </li></ul><ul><li>struggle to remember something </li></ul><ul><li>hire a consultant or employee </li></ul>
  46. 46. Sometimes you need to look out for you Networking Tool Online Reputation Resource Library Who you know Who you are What you know