Will began by discussing the importance of LinkedIn. I’d started the process of setting up an account but never understood its use capacity and therefore never completed the process. After being informed of the potential benefits of having an account I was keen to set one up as soon as possible. Connecting with Will on Linkedin would allow for the opportunity to communicate with over 8000 of Will’s other links. The saying “A friend of Will’s is a friend of mine” kept running through my mind when reflecting on the whole process.
Lastly, Will took us through a few techniques which he described as “working the room”. I discovered that there was a maximum of six different types of groups possible in a room full of people which included an open two, a closed four and a single person group type. Some groups are approachable and others aren’t, it just depends on how the groups are positioned as to know whether to join or not.
Overall the experience was an eye opening one. What was great about the session is that in learning to network you found that you were able to draw on skills you've developed through other SELA activities.