“Professional Networking” Guest Posting

(with Permission)

Author: Don Oehlert

I have been following today’s guest poster for some time now, and I have learned a lot from him, as he covers several topics, including today’s topic of professional networking. He is a blogger, motivational speaker, jogger/runner, and poet.

Image of Dr. Calvin Williams smiling at the camera. Dr. Calvin Williams is the author of the guest posting, Professional Networking.

His posts are always chock full of interesting thoughts, and I get a lot out of them, personally. Given all that, and the “bent” of my blog being job-search methodology, I asked him if he’d mind if I copied-and-pasted this recent post of his to my blog today. He was amenable, so here it is. An interesting take on Professional Networking.

Enjoy! If you really like this one, you should sign up for his blog for yourself.

Meet Dr. Williams

Here is his bio from his website <https://walkintothefuture.blog/about/>:

Dr. Calvin Williams is a blogger, consultant, inspirational speaker and Authentic Leadership advocate with a background in university Career Services.  He has experience providing comprehensive career services for students/alumni and coordinated university-wide employer relations at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Florida State University (FSU).  He has presented at national, regional and state conferences on career services, employer relations best practices and Authentic Leadership.  Dr. Williams also has expertise in staff development, event planning, policy development, teaching and facilitation.  His research interests are university Career Services, Leadership and Development, Training and Employee engagement.

He has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Master of Arts in Counseling/Human Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Outside interests are college football, reading, blogging, running and traveling.

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Image of Dr Calvin Williams speaking at a conference animatedly and happily. Image is here to shine focus on the author of Professional Networking.
Dr. Calvin Williams

Walk into the Future signifies the importance of professional networking and the ability to understand tomorrow is coming and you should not be afraid to move forward.  The way you decide to ‘walk’ into the future will be your own unique journey.  Chart your course and then work to navigate your way towards the life goals you decide to create.  Use your time to explore and find what makes you happy on this new journey.  Examples include:

  • Take that vacation you have been putting off
  • Decide to create your own blog to document your walk into the future
  • Make time for family and friends (again)
  • Discover new talents you may have or wanted to explore
  • Live life the way you want to
  • Become a running tourist to visit places and explore

The specifics of these examples can be worked out in more detail but leverage this concept to guide your journey.

Here is the post I asked about today titled Professional Networking:

New post on Walk Into the Future

Walking and the importance of networking
by WalkintotheFuture

“It’s not who you know but who knows YOU”.

Dictionary.com defines networking as the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts. 

This definition provides a clean view of networking but does not limit how it can be done.  I have written in the past about several podcast episodes I have been a part of.  Each episode was done to share a specific message to the audience and help their professional growth.  I engaged in multiple in-person networking events (Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee) prior to the COVID-19 pandemic with designs to meet people who could help me grow my consulting and speaking roles.  So, as you can see, networking takes on many forms with the objective of connecting with others.

I got invited to speak on a local radio program last week to engage and speak with Fort Pierce community members about my new workplace and the work we do.  Turns out the radio host is an Indian River State College (IRSC) colleague who happens to work on a different campus.  We had not met prior to the event but knew of each other through work interactions.

I make a point to never turn down opportunities to speak about the great work we do for our students and alumni populations.  The radio spot was a fantastic way for me to network with students, parents and employers interested in attending or coming back to IRSC.

The host for this networking opportunity works directly with underrepresented students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.  She is always looking for new ways to engage students and members of the community on the benefits of higher education and wanted me to discuss how my office helps our students become career ready.  Love being able to showcase the improved operations and services we are building.  These new operational tweaks allow staff to reach more students and add value to the overall college experience.

I especially enjoyed participating in the radio program since I could speak directly to employers in the local Fort Pierce area who did not know they could recruit talent on our campuses.  We are not hosting in-person events in the fall, but employers are able to post their openings for free with our office.  We are in the process of finalizing our Virtual Career Fair platform and wanted to let employers know they have multiple access points to recruit on-campus.  The radio program reaches our four-county service area and should enhance our reach to help employers understand how we can help them moving forward.

A secondary aspect of participating on the radio show was to let the community know enrollment for the fall semester is open and we are still recruiting new students.  COVID-19 has had a major impact on college and university enrollments across the country and we are no different.  Going on the radio allows us to let folks know we are here for them and want to share ways we can help with their success.  Two-year colleges are very affordable and can be an excellent way to launch into a four-year degree if that is a goal. 

The new term for me in this environment is UpSkill.  We talk with prospective students and employers on the benefit of in-demand certificate programs to UpSkill their careers or improve staff outputs.  This process is still new to me since I came from the four-year university model but UpSkill is a great way to impact local economies by training students to meet local career demands.

I am scheduled to speak on another radio program later this month hosted by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and will look to continue to network to help the Treasure Coast grow.  Excited to see the impact of these networking opportunities! 😊😊

What networking opportunities are you working on?  How can networking help your organization continue to grow? 

“Networking is the #1 unwritten rule of success in business”.
(Sallie Krawcheck)

Listen to the show here—I speak around the 5 minute mark:  http://wjfp.com/ondemand-wjfp/player.php?wrspot=72816


WalkintotheFuture | October 22, 2020 at 11:06 am | Tags: Authentic LeadershipBloggerCalvin WilliamsIrieLeadershipMentoringPersonal developmentPositive EnergyPositive ThoughtsSelf AwarenessTeambuilding | Categories: LeadershipNetworkingSelf Awareness | URL: https://wp.me/p9W3jS-jd

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