The Importance of Social Networking Sometimes It’s More Than What You Know… Matt Glowiak, MS, NCC, LPC CSI OZ Chapter President Elect CSI International Community Engagement Committee Member Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.counselingbyglowiak.org
Think of It Like This… • “...rather than assuming that education is primarily about preparing for jobs and careers, what would it mean to think of education as a process of guiding kids' participation in public life more generally, a public life that includes social, recreational, and civic engagement.” Mizuko Ito, Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project
Face-to-Face • Traditional face-to-face, live in-person meetings • Real-time dialogue, which includes the use of non-verbal cues • Interaction generally allows for the best judge of character • Though old-fashioned, still the most authentic way to network.
Face-to-Face Opportunities for Counselors • Conferences • Workshops • Organization membership • Committee leadership • Social gatherings • Advocacy efforts • Presentations
Quick Tips for Conference • Make the most of your time • Do not overbook yourself • Schedule meetings with important people • Make a point of meeting those intended • Dress appropriately • Advertise yourself (e.g. business cards) • Learn something new • NETWORK! NETWORK! NETWORK! • Follow-up is key to the clinch
Advertising • Websites • Business cards • Online directories • Classifieds • Newspapers • Yellow Pages • Billboards • Novelty items
Most Popular Social Networks • Facebook • Twitter • LinkedIn • Pinterest • MySpace • Google Plus+ • DeviantArt • LiveJournal • Tagged • Orkut • CafeMom • Ning • Meetup • myLife • Ask.fm
Don’t Forget YouTube Or Podcasts, or Vimeo, or Stickam, or UStream…
Are You a Philanthropist? • Kickstarter.com • StartSomeGood.com • Indiegogo.com • Rockethub.com • Pozible.com • Causes.com • Razoo.com • Crowdrise.com
Word-of-Mouth • Always consider first impressions • Bad reputations may spread quickly • Always put your best foot forward • Treat every moment as an interview • Carl Rogers was right about being genuine • Don’t forget about written reviews!
Putting It All Together • It’s good practice to use a healthy mix of networking approaches. • Many social networking sites now allow for mixing (i.e. LinkedIn & YouTube). • The further you reach out, the more likely you’ll be discovered.