Social Networking IRL - How to network offline using online tools

As part of the Region 2 Leadership Conference for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), I created this workshop around building meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships and the role technology/social media plays in offline networking. 

During the workshop we discussed the following main concepts: 
- Leverage social networks 
- Use Twitter as a tool to build a brand, a voice, and community 
- Use LinkedIn to share skills, acquire recommendations and connect with decision-makers 
- Use Facebook to stay connected with old networks, capture experiences, and get personal insight 
- Leverage social networks and use them in a way that makes sense for you 
- Identify the type of network, skills and experiences that you have which create value for others 
- General "pro tips" that help with networking 


We then conducted 2 activities: 
1. Come up with a personal mantra that helps participants ID what matters most as a guiding light in networking conversations 
2. Connect a personal story with a particular issue/cause participants are passionate about as a way to connect via storytelling and getting comfortable with making "asks"

My personal mantra is "Collaborating for access," so if you'd like to collaborate, just reach out. I'd love to facilitate this or other workshops at your next community event, please reach out at or on Twitter at @JuanSVas


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