Alumni Networking: Size Is Not Everything
I admit it. I am obsessed with LinkedIn and am a bit of an addict when it comes to collecting contacts. I surpassed the milestone of 500+ contacts some time ago and am now rapidly approaching my 2,000th contact. But how valuable really is that collection of contacts? In the social world I have heard of people clearing out all their friends on Facebook and starting again. However I...
Alumni Career Services: Does Your School Pass The Red Socks Test?
The University of Phoenix aired this slick commercial some time ago. It’s brilliant in many ways. Concise. Clear. Catchy. Schools often focus on connecting students with alumni whehter for alumni mentoring or general alumni networking. This is one of the best examples I have seen of a school leveraging the connection between prospective students and alumni by promoting the power of alumni networks. Take a look for yourself.  ...
Must Alumni Mentoring Relationships Be Like ‘Marriages’?
A question for both alumni relations and alumni career services professionals – must alumni mentoring really be like marriage?  I don’t believe so. Let me explain. For a while now I have seen two somewhat contradictory statistics. On the one hand in an average alumni directory or alumni portal, we have seen 70% of alumni say they are willing to be a mentor. This is an amazing and stable...
Alumni Relations Budgets: We Can’t Afford It. Really?
Running an Alumni Association or Alumni Relations Department is all about making tough choices – where do you invest your limited resources to have the biggest impact? But to answer that question, you also need to be able to evaluate all resources at your disposal, including your people. I recently asked two friends who are Alumni Relations Directors, one at a leading University and one at a leading K-12...
The Secret To Building An Alumni Social Network
Do you have a group of old, trusted, close friends that meets up every now and again? Usually there is one person among that group of friends who organizes everything.  They are the force that makes things happen.  They are the ones who sets a date in the diary to go out.  They book the restaurant.  They ring around your group of friends to make sure everyone is aware...
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