LinkedIn but Live! Network in San Antonio
San Antonio provides each of us with an opportunity to make many connections to explore vendors, organizations, thought leaders, and more. Here’s the best advice I can give as you embark on your AASA journey: Find the Social Media Lounge!
Beyond the Twitter selfies, there are crucial, personal conversations about the concerns of school leaders and their boards happening daily. Meet the leaders and explore all the platforms and tools being used to address the needs of our deserving populations in the context of the public arena. Check out a panel on best practices with social media platforms, and listen to leaders share tips and advice on building your own support network!
Here’s another tip, once you are ready to reach out, check out the support networks throughout the week. Several opportunities exist to connect to AASA cohorts and other network groups to assist your team. My colleague, Dr. Steve McCammon, Executive Director of the National Superintendents Roundtable, says it best, “At the National Superintendents Roundtable, we believe that communities are built through networks of people that convene to share knowledge and to provide an ever growing and important collective voice in influencing critical policy change that better ensures the future impact of public education. Our mission is to achieve this in ways that cross and perhaps transcend the organizational boundaries from which we each come.” Steve has helped build the network!
The best kept networking secret is right in front of you as you enter the convention center. Visit the bookstore any day to meet colleagues and find your source of inspiration. This is where I was first introduced to thought leaders like Tom Murray, Joe Sanfellipo, and my good friend Marlon Styles!
Whether it’s Instragram skills, a great breakout session, or an amazing book, you’ll walk away “LinkedIn” to a network of colleagues.