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How to Succeed in Networking without Really Trying. Megan Hodge NMRT Presidents Program 2012 ALA Annual Conference Anaheim, CA June 23, 2012. @ mlhodge. Image courtesy of Image courtesy of Image courtesy of - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


How to Succeed in Networking without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Networking without Really TryingMegan HodgeNMRT Presidents Program2012 ALA Annual ConferenceAnaheim, CAJune 23, 2012@mlhodgemlhodge@gmail.com1

Networking is not a bad word. Its not a means to an end.2

Image courtesy of Networking can = connecting 2+ people. Its just like connecting patrons with information.3

Image courtesy of Anecdote: One librarian asked me for presenter recommendations. I was able to help both her and the librarian I recommended out. Win/win!4

Image courtesy of Use business cards! People are in a hurry. Make your own. Put all your social media accounts on there5

Only exchange cards if youve made a connection. Card distribution and collection is not a contest.6

Image courtesy of Write down info about person as soon as you get a card. Also write down if you need to follow up on something. Dont throw these away.7

Image courtesy of Flickr user woodleywonderworks How do you turn contacts into an actual network? Send an e-mail to all those people whose business cards youve collected. This e-mail should be similar to an interview thank-you note: prompt, polite, and describing what you talked about.8

Image courtesy of This e-mail is also where you follow up, if necessary. Send these e-mails as soon as the dust has settled. Keep your cards on you at all times; you never know when youll make a connection!9

What do you do if the connection wasnt strong enough for an e-mail? Twitter!10

Image courtesy of Twitter is the perfect medium for shy/introverted people. Tis better to be silent and thought a fool...11

Image courtesy of These online exchanges become built-in discussion topics in person. It will give you the courage to talk to library rock stars.12

Dont limit yourself to online interactions, though! Resist the urge to crawl back to your hotel room after dinner each night. Force yourself to go to events. Its just like exercising!13

Image courtesy of Introverted/shy folks may think: Im not going into a room full of strangers unless theres a gun to my head. Peter Bromberg: Be scared every day and have a drink in your hand.14

You need to do things that challenge you as a professional. Carrying a drink prevents you from crossing your arms, which makes you look more approachable.15

Image courtesy of Volunteering at conferences gives you a role to play and an automatic introduction. Anecdote: when I interned for Cognotes, that Press badge gave me courage to ask all sorts of questions!16

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Aaron Dobbs @ the 2011 ALA Annual Battledecks Show your librarian pride! Wear badge ribbons. Theyre an automatic conversation starter.17

Image courtesy of What if you cant afford to go to conferences? Make your own opportunities! Anecdote: I co-created the Virginia NMRT because the state association wasnt doing enough for new librarians.18

Id heard about the Portland, OR InterLibrary Lushes, and thought monthly librarian happy hours sounded like a fabulous idea. Now theyre a reality. You dont have to start a whole state division, though! Just pick a time and place, and get the word out.19

Image courtesy of Building a network means youre establishing your character with others. This will make you a known entity, someone others will want to tap for projects and committees. So always be on your best behavior!20

Image courtesy of Anecdote: Because of my work with the VLA NMRT, I have been asked to publish and chair committees. You can do this, too! Even in a place as big as ALA. Your work will speak for itself, so #makeithappen.21Suggested Reading9 Tips for Navigating Your First Networking Event, thedailymuse.comA Conference Survival Guide for the Shy and Terrified, gearsandshifts.comNetworking Tips for the Reluctant Networker, inalj.comNew Networking with Dave Delaney blog, http://daveadelaney.comView this presentation on Slideshare @


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