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The ways in which we now communicate have changed how we do business, how we stay in touch and, in some ways, how we live.
|2009-2010 ASSE President Chris Patton, CSP|
When was the last time you typed a letter to express a business need or to tell a friend about your vacation? If you’re like me, it’s probably been a while. I now rely on a blend of e-mails, wall postings and tweets to communicate with colleagues, family and friends.
To say the least, the ways in which we communicate have changed how we do business, how we stay in touch and, in some ways, how we live. What’s driving this communication revolution? Social networking (or social media). Social networking has grabbed attention and imagination worldwide. The popularity of platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter has exploded:
ASSE’s use of technology continues to evolve as well, as we seek new ways to communicate with and engage our diverse membership. Our virtual symposia are a great example of these efforts. These virtual events go far beyond a traditional webinar because we incorporate social networking tools (such as Ning) to create opportunities for attendees to network and connect. Sessions run concurrently and are recorded so they may be viewed on demand, a great benefit to time-crunched professionals and international members who no longer need to worry about time differences.
You may be participating in social networking already. If so, you probably have found many different ways to connect with other ASSE members. A multitude of groups, blogs and forums are focused on SH&E. ASSE is supportive in building these communities, but the real drivers of these conversations are you, the members. By sharing your thoughts and adding to the dialogue, you create value for all members.
If you haven’t given social media a try, I urge you to do so. Talk with your friends, colleagues and fellow members. Find out where they are communicating and join in. You will find it not only fun, but also valuable. If you need a place to start, connect to me. You’ll find me at www.asse.org/getconnected.
Chris Patton, CSP
2009-2010 ASSE President