Wednesday, December 21, 2011

'Go ahead Make My Day': Top Five

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It's the season of good cheer and what better way to spread some than to communicate really well online with your networks?  Here is a Top Five list of ways to Make the Day of someone in your network.
  1. Don't send them an email. That's right. Exercise another option - phone, pop by their office or send a hand written note/card/memo.  Some offices are now banning inter office emails and encouraging other forms of communication like instant messaging - of course we should never forget the value of face-to-face conversations as well.
  2. Give a recommendation on LinkedIn If you are using LinkedIn for professional networking, then chose a colleague to write a positive recommendation for. They can still choose whether they want to make it public or not - but you will have given a gift that will let them know you are thinking of them and appreciate their service.
  3. Don't overload your social networking over the holiday period. Sparse and short postings means people can be connecting face-to-face with loved ones rather than spending time on line.
  4. Write a relevant and catchy subject line on emails, posts etc.  This helps others to prioritise their work before going on a holiday break.  It shows respect for their time - and a catchy heading might even put a smile on their face.
  5. Remember to put an out-of-office notice on your online accounts and email. While many people take a few days off over this time of year, it's useful to know when they will be back, who to talk to in the meantime and perhaps a relevant season's greeting.  Make it a friendly message as opposed to the stock standard "Betty is out of the office until Monday".  Try a little cheer! Here's some more hints from the good people at  FCI Technology Blog and a couple of links to fun messages too (that you might want to use but probably shouldn't!).
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