Welcome to 2012 and the first post done on the new URL for this site: http://doreenpendgracs.com/. Please adjust your bookmarks, and be sure to subscribe to this feed. While you’re at it, how about “liking” me on Facebook if you haven’t already? You’ll find the link to my Author’s page on FB in the right column of this blog. The FB page will provide a place for readers to connect with me, and a place for me to promote this blog and my other writing projects to a broader audience.
If you’ve been a reader of this blog for quite awhile, you will notice a new look and that is thanks to Sherryl Perry who helps small business owners like me make their online presence more SEO friendly and ensure that all our platforms are integrated and working to our benefit. I met Sherryl via Linked In, where she manages the “Bloggers Helping Bloggers” group. If you are a blogger and looking to extend your reach, I strongly recommend you joining this group as I have found it tremendously helpful and as well … I’ve discovered some terrific new blogs in the process!
That’s what this post is all about. Making your networks work for you. Social media allows us to extend our reach, meet new colleagues, make more friends and help spread the word about our work, the services we offer or the cause we believe in or are researching.
Networking has always been important to me. I’ve tried to help others as much as I can, and am always grateful when colleagues help and support me. Right now, I’m researching the possibility of pairing up with an agent to help shop my book proposal to interested publishers. The agent of two of my friends and colleagues from The Writers Union of Canada is looking at that proposal and I am grateful for the referral from my friend who introduced us. Thanks to the power of networking.
And a new friend I met on Twitter interviewed me on her radio show and has profiled me on her new website (which is still under construction and a work-in-progress.) Here’s the link to Nash Holos radio station with special programming for anyone interested in Ukrainian heritage. Thanks so much, Paulette!
I hope you are getting my drift. Spending time on social media can be fun, beneficial to your business and it can enrich your life. And belonging to various professional groups can help you in more ways than you can imagine. But you have to learn to make your networks work for you. And you have to be supportive of those in your networks. That giving act of mutual support is the key to making it work.
How about you? Do you belong to a number of professional associations? Have you made them work for you by becoming immersed in the group culture and getting to know your fellow members?
Have you become engaged in social media, and made it a very real experience where you’re actively engaging with and supporting those who support you?
Please share your thoughts and successes here. And than join us back here the week of January 23rd, when we’ll embrace a new discussion on a new topic.