Category Archives: STC

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Visualizing Your Professional Network

Category:Infosec Communicator,Social Networking,STC,STC Rochester Tags : 

Did you know that LinkedIn Labs provides a graphical representation of your professional network? It’s similar to a hyperbolic browser I saw demonstrated several years ago in a research facility in Silicon Valley. The map allows you to hover over each point and provides a popup of your connection. After spending last week at the STC Summit conference and adding many contacts to LinkedIn, I thought it would be fun to take a look.

Here’s a picture of my network, highlighting one of my favorite connections. You’ll note that the connections are clustered in several different groups, representing my involvement in two professional organizations, higher education, and the corporate world.

Graphical representation of Ben Woelk's LinkedIn Network.

LinkedIn provides a short video overview of the connections map.

Do you find this type of graphical representation useful? Why or why not?

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Get On Board! Entraining Volunteers

Category:Infosec Communicator,Leadchange,Leadership,Lessons Learned,Presentations,STC,STC Rochester,Summit Tags : 

I’m delivering the presentation below as part of a progression at Summit 2013 Leadership Day in Atlanta. Summit Leadership Day provides STC community leaders with the knowledge and guidance they need to lead successful communities, both geographic chapters and SIGs.

Volunteers are the heart of the community. They enable us to offer meaningful services to our members. However, getting volunteers can be challenging. Issuing a cattle call doesn’t usually lead to good results. Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y all have different priorities that you must consider when recruiting them.

Personally, I’ve found volunteering in leadership in my local chapter (Rochester) to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. Volunteering has stretched me and equipped me as a better leader. I don’t have a magic formula. However, STC Rochester fills 8-10 council positions each year. That’s more than 10% of the community engaged in leadership.

This presentation provides strategies and tactics for recruiting and retaining volunteers.

 

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Empowering the Introvert Within | Bulletproofing Your Career Online

Category:Bulletproofing,Infosec Communicator,Introverted Leadership,introverts,Leadership,Presentations,STC,STC Rochester,Summit,techcomm Tags : 

Empowering the Introvert Within | Bulletproofing Your Career Online.

Preview Hannah (Careersherpa.net) and Ben’s newest presentation, Empowering the Introvert Within: Becoming an Outstanding Leader. Presentations are currently scheduled in Rochester at Spectrum, March 22, 2013 and in Atlanta at the STC Summit, May 6, 2013. Contact us at info@bulletproofingyourcareeronline.com if you’d like us to provide a presentation, keynote, or workshop.

 


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Speaking Schedule, January-June 2013

Category:EDUCAUSE,Information Security,Infosec Communicator,Internet Safety,Leadership,STC,STC Rochester,Summit,techcomm,Uncategorized

English: A Sennheiser Microphone

Speaking Schedule
Updated 1-15-13

 

 

 

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Save the date! Bulletproofing Your Career Online live webinar 8/2, 4-5 pm EDT

Category:Cyberstalking,Facebook,Information Security,Infosec Communicator,Internet Safety,Presentations,Privacy,Risk,Social Networking,STC,Summit,techcomm Tags : 

Hannah Morgan and I will be presenting Bulletproofing Your Career Online as an STC webinar on Thursday, 2 August | 4:00–5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

What are the 10 key steps to building and securing your online reputation? A security professional and a career sherpa provide their perspectives on how to create an online presence that enhances and promotes your career safely and effectively.

Register at https://www.stc.org/education/online-education/live-seminars/item/bulletproofing-your-career-online?category_id=53

Is it worth attending? Of course!

Here’s the feedback we received from our in-person presentation delivered at the STC Summit in May:

Ratings

Note: The evaluation scale ranged from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent).
Overall Evaluations Received: 15
Content:  4.07
Delivery: 4.07
Value: 4.27
Overall rating: 4.14

Selected comments:

  • Ben was a good speaker with great knowledge about his topic. He and Hannah played well off each other, tackling related topics and bouncing off one another’s words.
  • Even if you think you’ve heard it all before, this presentation gave more insight and more information that was very beneficial
  • We could do have more of this type of thing. I think it’ll be a valuable (and increasingly so) job skill.
  • It was superb.
  • The delivery and content were a nice mixture of internet security and managing your online profile. The format worked well with the presenters taking turns. It made the session more lively.

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