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12 ways to increase the value of networking #PressforProgress #InternationalWomensDay


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12 ways to increase the value of networking #PressforProgress #InternationalWomensDay

  1. 1. 12 ways to increase the value of networking #InternationalWomensDay Sue Beckingham @suebecks
  2. 2. 1.Develop your identity @suebecks
  3. 3. 1. Develop your identity This means your online profile but also prepare your 'elevator pitch'. You never know who you may bump into or when! Have your 60 second sound bite ready to answer the question "what do you do?" or "what are your career aspirations?"
  4. 4. 2. Be genuine @suebecks
  5. 5. 2. Be genuine Add a photo to your online profiles. Be yourself, and be confident and comfortable in your skin. Others will gravitate towards you when they feel they see the real you. This builds trust.
  6. 6. 3. Sharing is caring @suebecks
  7. 7. Sharing is caring Social media is a useful space to share projects, presentations, publications, news items. Acknowledge what others share and also become known as a useful resource for others.
  8. 8. Reach out for help @suebecks
  9. 9. 3. Reach out for help Don't be afraid to ask for support. Be able to articulate what you are looking for clearly and how others may help you.
  10. 10. 4. Be curious @suebecks
  11. 11. 4. Be curious Explore, experiment, take risks and above all keep on asking questions. Join LinkedIn groups, Google + communities, societies and special interest groups. This will extend your network.
  12. 12. 5. Find your voice Credit:
  13. 13. 5. Find your voice Be the one that asks those questions others have, but hold back from asking themselves. Challenge the status quo and speak out for others.
  14. 14. 6. Self belief @suebecks
  15. 15. 6. Self belief This will give you the motivation to become the person you want to be. Tell yourself daily "you can do this". Dream BIG.
  16. 16. 7. Think connectivity @suebecks
  17. 17. 7. Think connectivity Reach out beyond your immediate network. Connect with useful people you meet at events and training courses. Ask for introductions to others. Digital and social media enables opportunities for global connections, partnerships, collaborations and communities of practice.
  18. 18. 8. Serendipity @suebecks
  19. 19. 8. Serendipity The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Grasp those new opportunities to connect with and learn from different people and perspectives.
  20. 20. 9. Embrace lifelong learning @suebecks
  21. 21. 9. Embrace lifelong learning This can be formal, non-formal and informal learning opportunities. Engage in social collaborative learning yourself but also help others to learn. Both will help to extend your personal learning network.
  22. 22. 10. Have empathy @suebecks
  23. 23. 10. Have empathy Reach out to others who may be less confident. You may initially feel others are more knowledgeable but there are many ways to help others. Actively listen to others.
  24. 24. 11. Resilience @suebecks
  25. 25. 11. Resilience Networking can feel hard. You will have knock backs and perhaps even make some mistakes. It's all part of the learning process. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
  26. 26. 12. Celebrate @suebecks
  27. 27. 12. Celebrate • believe achievement comes in many forms • value women's individual and collective success • ensure credit is given for women's contributions • celebrate women role models and their journeys • support awards showcasing women's success
  28. 28. Sue Beckingham | @suebecks National Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University with a research interest in the use of social media in education. Blog: LinkedIn:
  29. 29. #InternationalWomensDay