As an architect, he writes, I believe that, even in the current economy, there are institutions, firms and individuals which could benefit from professional architectural consulting and design services; even if only to be poised for the next construction cycle.
Collier Ward is a member of the architecture and author community - and of this community. He shared his thoughts on the About You page and returns with us for a more in depth conversation
Why are you online?
Collier: Being online maximizes the number of meaningful connections a person can make. I took the opportunity of being unemployed to establish a consistent identity across the various Internet platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter) plus UpWorld & TalentRevolution (industry-specific networks) and my own blog. I am captivated how a blog is both universal in reach, but finely focused in audience.
What prompted to post in "About You" at Conversation Agent?
Collier: I learned early in my online exploration that marketing was evolving from a "tell and sell" paradigm.
This applied directly to my employment search, as I sought to brand and market myself, but also to any greater causes I wanted to promote. Monologues are out. Dialogue is today's means of communicating meaningful content. When I came across the Conversation Agent "About you" page, I was already primed to reach out.
What are you working on that you feel will connect ideas and people?
Collier: Fortunately, after half a year, I was able to find full time employment again. However, the richness of being online and maintaining several ongoing conversations with the people I'd encountered was to much to give up.
I intend to schedule time for these online relationships and for the blog I launched while unemployed. The purpose of my blog, Building Content, is to provide content and coaching for fellow architects who are using the Internet to advance their missions.
Who would you like to connect with?
Collier: I would like to connect with fellow Architects, and by extension, other creative people in the building industry; to teach and to learn how to harness the conversational potential of the Internet to advance the field of Architecture.
If you're an architect or participate in the building industry, connect with Collier at his blog.