The following is an excerpt from an email I just sent to SASLPA (Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists):
“…The other thing I wanted to ask you about was SASLPA’s social networking. We need to start!! CASLPA is actually already quite involved online; with active profiles on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. There is even an online SLP group via twitter called the SLPeeps. This is exciting because it is an opportunity for support, a sounding board and just plain social interaction with like-minded professionals. Here is a link to CASLPA’s description of the Resource Share (on google docs) that has begun.
CASLPA also has a Powerpoint presentation describing the need/appeal of PROFESSIONAL social networking. To learn more about CASLPA’s stand on their web presence and social media here is a link.
I think what I enjoy the most about tweeting/talking with CASLPA is that it humanized the organization for me, making it feel more like a true relationship. Now I consider CASLPA my friend, with whom I get excited to share information with and enjoy a dialogue with as well! I even once got a tweet (personal message) from the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of CASLPA. (Seriously I was so excited that I clapped my hands when I read it.)
I think I am much more aware of what CASLPA does for me as a professional because of social networking, and I am now less grumbly about paying my membership fees because I feel I am truly gaining something valuable from this professional organization. This is what SASLPA needs…a stronger web presence and a deeper social/professional connection with its members.”
CASLPA, it sounds like I really want to make out with you. My bad…well, I’m off to go doodle CASLPA’s name in my
trapper keeper note tote notebook.