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Networking 101

Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maegan Wilberg
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I want you to visualize this situation in your mind with me. This is your first Utah Museum Association Conference, you are attending this conference alone, no one from your museum or organization could make it this year. You are slightly nervous not knowing anyone. Your thoughts start to trail; There are so many people here I hope I can make it through. You fidget in your chair trying to keep your mind off of the thoughts. Someone sits next to you and starts talking to you. Instantly you freeze, worrying what to say. Gaining confidence you decide to speak, but nothing comes out. The other person then looks at you with wonder. So you give them a smile. The class starts and their attention is off of you. Whew!  You convince yourself that this was the best idea to come to this conference to meet new people, and Network with them.  Whatever that means. If networking means to exchange silence and a sheepish smile, you just aced it!  What does it mean to Network with people? Does it mean to text each other in the same room?  Networking means to interact with other people, to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one’s career.  So you are saying we have to talk to people?  Yes that is exactly what we are saying! Networking is a huge part of the Utah Museum Association Conference. Not only does it help you, but it puts others in your path to help them. Perhaps you are wondering what to talk about while you are networking. What you do each and everyday? Where are you from?  What kind of Museum do you work for? We all have one thing in common already, Museums. Perhaps you are dealing with how to get the community involved in your museum or organization. The Conference theme this year is Community impact, and with Networking you will find someone who is dealing with or has dealt with this to help you. We are all Museum professionals willing to help out whoever needs it. Will you make some goals with me for this conference?

1-To meet at least one new person, and Network with them.

2-Remember we all have one thing in common, Museums.

3- Don’t be afraid to speak up.

These are some great goals that will help with Networking. Now here is what I suggest you do to prep for the awesome networking that will be happening at this Utah Museum Association Conference. Get some business cards. For those of you who already have them great, those of you who don’t or need to order more, get to it! Business cards are so easy to keep and exchange, just be sure you keep your business cards away from the ones you are receiving. I am sure that whoever that person is would be happy to know you are giving out their cards out, but to the person inquiring about you, they would like your card. If you are that person mentioned above, don’t be nervous, try again after the class ends. You will be surprised what you have in common with the people around you.  Get excited to Network! To meet new people, colleges and friends.  Come ready to Network at the Utah Museum Association Conference in Vernal this year October 11-13, 2017.

Written by Maegan Wilberg Director Museum of the San Rafael· Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, selfie and closeup

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