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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Getting Hired 2.0 -- In Person

The Social Media Breakfast (number 7) was another success. I've been impressed with both the turn-out and the variety of topics each month. And, oddly, Cambridge has turned out to be a great location for them.

I'm going to keep this short, but you can see all the presentations, including some great presentations about how social media and Web 2.0 is changing how you should network when looking for a job.

But I have a piece of advice of my own. It's something that I rarely see but always try to practice myself. When I'm at an event, whether large or small, if I'm going to ask a question of the presenter, or panel, I always state my name before I ask my question.

It's really that simple. I've found that by giving my name, and sometimes company, that it's easier for me to re-approach the presenters afterwards or have other people from the audience approach me.
Point in case, at breakfast this morning where so many of us are familiar with each other online, Laura Fitton remarked that when I gave my name and asked my question, she connected me with my Twitter handle @jljohansen.

It's a simple, but powerful, way to make your networking at in-person events more effective. I hope you'll take advantage of it the next time you're out. Also, if you have any more questions networking, please leave your name and ask away. tag: SMB7


Tim Walker said...

Oh, absolutely! It kills me when people approach the mike during Q&A and either don't identify themselves at all, or say, "Hey, I'm *mumble* from *mumble*, and my question is..."

Take a deep breath, identify yourself, and then ask a smart question. The presenters AND the audience will perk up their ears.

Jim Spencer said...

A good point indeed. And you always ask good questions.

Those that don't ask such good questions hedge their bets by not revealing who they are or who they work for. ;)

So, your suggestion has another benefit, encouraging better questions.

Zach said...

This is Zach from Prompt Communications, or on twitter at znh and I wanted to say that I agree.

I think far too often in networking events people just rely on name tags to do their introductions, but as you pointed out with the Twitter connection, there are many ways we all know each other that your actual intro is more important than ever.

I guess it all goes with how well you brand yourself- but when asking a question, or just meeting new people at an event- be ready to provide more than just a name.