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14 ways to help you develop your networking skills

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Fourteen tips to help you network effectively

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14 ways to help you develop your networking skills

  1. 1. Sue Beckingham | @suebecks 14 Ways to Help You Develop Your Networking Skills
  2. 2. 1.Develop your identity @suebecks
  3. 3. 1. Develop your identity Revisit your online profile and bios. What do you want people to know about you? 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?" ~ Networking Tips ~
  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. ~ Networking Tips ~
  6. 6. 3. Have empathy @suebecks
  7. 7. 3. 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. ~ Networking Tips ~
  8. 8. 4. Sharing is caring @suebecks
  9. 9. 4. Sharing is caring Social media is a useful space to share projects, presentations, publications, news items. Acknowledge others achievements. Become known as a useful resource for others in your network(s). ~ Networking Tips ~
  10. 10. 5. Reach out for help @suebecks
  11. 11. 5. Reach out for help Don't be afraid to ask for support. Try to articulate what you are looking for clearly so others may help you. ~ Networking Tips ~
  12. 12. 6. Be curious @suebecks
  13. 13. 6. 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. ~ Networking Tips ~
  14. 14. 7. Find your voice Credit: https://twitter.com/UN_Women
  15. 15. 7. Find your voice Be the one that asks those questions others have, but often hold back from asking themselves. Challenge the status quo and speak out for others in your network. ~ Networking Tips ~
  16. 16. 8. Self belief @suebecks
  17. 17. 8. 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. ~ Networking Tips ~
  18. 18. 9. Think connectivity @suebecks
  19. 19. 9. 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. ~ Networking Tips ~
  20. 20. 10. Serendipity @suebecks
  21. 21. 10. 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. ~ Networking Tips ~
  22. 22. 11. Embrace lifelong learning @suebecks
  23. 23. 11. 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. ~ Networking Tips ~
  24. 24. 12. Resilience @suebecks
  25. 25. 12. Resilience Networking can be challenging. 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. ~ Networking Tips ~
  26. 26. 13. Celebrate @suebecks
  27. 27. 13. Celebrate • value individual and collective success • ensure credit is given for other's contributions • celebrate peer role models and their journeys • support awards showcasing other’s success • Remember achievement comes in many forms ~ Networking Tips ~
  28. 28. 14. Keep in touch @suebecks
  29. 29. 14. Keep in touch • pick up the phone • send an email • make the most of your social channels • send a card or letter • arrange a Skype or FaceTime meet-up • drop in to talk face to face ~ Networking Tips ~
  30. 30. 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: http://socialmediaforlearning.com/ LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/suebeckingham