Reflecting on Things 10, 11 and 12 in anticipation of earning the online networker badge will hopefully be straightforward enough as I frequently use these three ‘Things’.
I felt these three task were easy to complete, but it’s only easy when you know how! As previously indicated, for thing 10 I use Facebook and Twitter personally as well as professionally. My professional brand exists in the form of my LinkedIn profile, which I was happy to take the opportunity to update somewhat in conjunction with this task. As it happens I could spend more time updating my profile and should do, it’s on my to-do list! Collaborative tools made me feel at ease as I have used a number of them to collaborate. As with many of the tools, its deciding which is better, easier, faster; for me that was Teamwork.
Am I an online networker? Yes, I would put myself in this category. I promote my brand as well as communicate and collaborate online. I use Twitter to network professionally, communicating with colleagues and other like-minded professionals. I am conscious of my online presence and aware of how I conduct myself professionally online through my LinkedIn and Twitter profiles. I am confident that that there is a coherent connection between the two tools.
The tools for thing 12 focused on communicating and collaborating with others. I have used Teamwork, Google Hangouts, Skype for Business and Adobe Connect to collaborate with colleagues, in the past, based at other campus libraries as well as remote partners in other institutions and organisations. The joy of collaboration is many heads make light work, which I feel allows for seamless communication remotely. Teamwork is my preferred tool for this task. I am confident that I present an online persona that I am happy for other professionals to see.
I was comfortable using the majority of the tools mentioned in these three things. Although I did not take a look at Slack or Trello; I may in the future. I can confidentially declare I am in comfortable when communicating and collaborating remotely, or not.
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