Challenge Your Social Media Status Quo

This is a “reprint” from my Social Media column in the Career Development Network‘s  March-April 2019 Newsletter – Volume 41, Number 2.

This New Year isn’t so new anymore as the months pick up speed and calendars get full. One result is that my motivation for social media fades. I know I need to keep up, but as my time and energy start to wane, social media ends up on the back burner. If you are like me, it may be time to refresh your approach. Luckily, there are a few small steps we can take to get back on track.

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Set Up a Social Media Schedule

Develop a short list of social media tasks you want to accomplish every day, week, month, etc., and add them to your calendar! Social Media Today [1] provides a sample checklist to get you started. Making decisions in advance about what you’ll do and when can take some of the anxiety out of the process.

Create New Content

Sharing what others share is effective, and easy, but mixing in your own original posts is important, too. Constant Contact [2] created a 30-day content challenge with ideas like “Answer a Question”, “Share something funny”, “Give a shout out to another organization,” and many more. Explore the suggestions and add a few to your schedule.

Find Some Inspiration

When is the last time you followed new accounts and hashtags? It may be time to add an influx of creativity to your social media feed. Another Social Media Today resource [3] suggests five tools to find inspiration. One tool, Forecast, can help you find new events, while another, Feedly, helps you find new websites and forums.

What will it take to move you from passive to active with your social media accounts? It’s absolutely okay to take a break from social media (I even recommend it), but don’t stay away too long. Whether you are searching for a job, building a community, or extending the reach of your career office, find a way to jump start your social media efforts.

Resources

[1] Social Media Today. Your Ultimate Social Media Checklist. https://bit.ly/2NpnvEs

[2] Constant Contact. 30 Day Social Media Content Challenge. https://conta.cc/2k21rw8

[3] Social Media Today. 5 Tools for Social Media Content Inspiration. https://bit.ly/2BUHEun

Featured Resource – The Free Mindfulness Project

Welcome to the first in our new series of “Featured Resource” posts! As we continue to build the Tool Library, we thought it would be helpful to introduce you to some of these tools with a little more detail and an invitation for you to provide your feedback. The featured resource this month is The Free Mindfulness Project.

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Clinical Psychologist Peter Morgan created this site to share a range of resources from videos and poetry to apps and discussion forums. What can you find on The Free Mindfulness Project? Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Guided Mindfulness Exercises – Whether you are looking for a meditation guide to take you through breathing awareness, imagery, or a body scan you’ll find multiple options here. You’ll also find a range of timed self-guided options available. Try the “5 minutes just bells” download for a quick mindfulness break at your desk. More than 25 files are available for you to download with an open, Creative Commons license (CC: BY-NC-SA).
  • How is my mind right now? – “We are living in an increasingly busy world. Often we are wrapped up in thoughts and feelings, constantly moving from one thing to the next without a moment’s peace.” Sound familiar? This brief page provides the place to begin your mindfulness journey.
  • Discussion Forum – Are you interested in talking to other people about mindfulness? This site provides a link to Everyday-mindfulness.org, an active online community in which you can join conversations and groups to learn more.

While this site’s blog and Twitter account have not been active recently, the resources listed above remain available and relevant.

What do you like about The Free Mindfulness Project? What is your favorite mindfulness tool? We’re looking forward to your feedback. 🙂

P.S. You may not be surprised that I would pick a mindfulness tool first. I have been a fan of the Stop, Breathe & Think app for years now, and continue to be amazed at the growing focus on mindfulness in education. If you are interested in learning more, please take a look at my recent interview with Coach and Counselor Tiffany Guske – Mindful Online Teaching and Learning.

Namaste, my friends. 🙂

Introducing … Our New Tool Library!

Are you looking for ideas or resources to support your career counseling or coaching work? Make your first stop our new online Tool Library.

We’ve categorized a collection of tools into nine primary subject areas: Anxiety, Career, Eating, Elementary, Family, Mindfulness, Recovery, Transitions, and Trauma. Each subject is divided into four tool types: Blogs and Podcasts, Apps, Twitter accounts, and Websites.

This resource is in ongoing development, and we’ll officially launch it at the NCDA Annual Conference in Houston this June. Our session “Share and Share Alike: Peer-Recommended Tech Tools that Bridge the Distance in Career Developmentwill include an overview of the resources as well as our favorite tools of the past year. We’ll also get attendees involved in sharing their recommendations during and after the session.

In the meantime, take some time to review what we’ve built so far. For a guided tour of the Tool Library, click on the image below for a brief screencast:

We welcome your feedback in the comments below.

  • What other types of tools would you want to see us include in the future?
  • How easy (or difficult) is the library to use?

 

 

 

Snap This! A Snapchat Experiment in Teaching Career Development

We had an amazing time at the NCDA Global Conference this year! Thanks to all of the organizers and attendees for the many effective learning and community-building opportunities. And a special thanks to all who joined our session on site! If you were not able to attend the conference, you can catch up on some of the event’s highlights by searching Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the event hashtag: #NCDAPhoenix.

In this post, we are excited to share our Snapchat presentation. It includes some Snapchat basics, along with a description of how we used Snapchat this past year in our courses – both campus-based (Deb) and online (Melissa). We each shared our goals for integrating social media, some lessons learned, tips for getting started, a list of suggested activities, and additional resources (also provided below).


Additional Resources

Are you using Snapchat with your students? If so, we’d love to hear more about your experience! If you aren’t using Snapchat, but are thinking about it, please add your questions to the comments here, so we can respond and continue the conversation.

Happy snapping. 😉

The Career Practitioner’s Guide to Conducting a Webinar

This week I (Melissa) had the privilege of not only attending NCDA’s Career Practitioner Institute in Charleston, SC, but also presenting. When I was approached about developing a session related to technology, I quickly identified this topic – it’s one I field questions about fairly frequently.

Are you interested in presenting a webinar? This presentation offers an overview to get you started. Two tools are outlined, as well as a checklist to make sure you cover key tasks before, during, and after your live session.

Thanks to all who attended in person for sharing their questions, stories, and feedback! Please continue the conversation in the comments area of this post. What are your questions about webinar delivery? What are your tips for those just getting started?