|Dr. Paul G. Young|
President and CEO
I hope we can begin to include you in the network of NAA members.
Another benefit of a professional network is the ability to seek out candidates for jobs and gain special insights about potential employees, trends, issues, and opportunities. Since interviewing has become an antiquated and often meaningless practice, I relied upon my network for much more trustworthy information about job candidates. It led to better hires.
Networking will increase your visibility. And the more you increase your visibility, the more power and status you can attain, assuming you are credible in what you say and do. The more you increase your visibility, the easier it becomes to network.
So, I encourage you to regularly join your colleagues at local, state, and national professional development gatherings. Be there. Talk with people in elevators, hallways, restaurants, and while touring, shopping, or working out – even relaxing in the bar. Share your work experiences. Discover similarities. Celebrate diversity. Listen and learn. Trade business cards. Remember names and locations. Follow up afterwards.
In case you’ve never heard it before, it’s hard to be a prophet in your own land. But you can gain recognition, support, friendship, and new ideas from your networking efforts. Join us in Orlando, Florida, April 15-18, 2011, where NAA will provide you a national platform to build and expand your network among more than 2000 professionals that do what you do – afterschool.