Thursday, 26 September 2013

Planning my networking #socialmediacourse

Social media offers plenty of arenas for networking and making your expertise visible. However, I often feel overwhelmed the amount of different forums and how I can find time to participate in all of them. Many communication professionals say that it's useful to make a plan. So I made a plan. 

1. Defining the objectives – easier said than done
For me social media has been an important place to know what’s going on in the world and what's happening in the lives of my friends, family and colleagues. I get quite quickly a good amount of information about the current trends in communication, leadership, organisation studies etc. And in the post about the personal branding, I highlighted the importance of reputation. Simply but, I wouldn't get any work without some sort of reputation.

2. Choosing the right arena
Hmm…This blog, LinkedIn, Twitter and SlideShare seem to be the places for me at the moment.

3. Planning my actions
  • Focus on the visuals
  • Think how often you can realistically post. 
  • Update your profile.
  • Find a group for interpersonal communication research (if not found then create one).
  • Be more active in the groups you are already a member of.
  • Make one tweet per day (this will be a challenge).
  • Open an account. DONE!
  • Share your presentations.

4. Be patient
At the moment this feels to be the easiest part. Relax and enjoy.

Finally I would like to say that I am not sure if I want to follow a specific plan at this stage. For me the biggest question is how to integrate social media so tightly in my daily duties, that being present in social media wouldn’t create any extra hassle or stress.

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