Get Started

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It's as EASY as 1-2-3!


Step 1

Click Login at the top right corner of home page. It will bring you to the IFAI member login. You do not need to be a member to participate in limited features of CONNECT. Members have full access to the CONNECT community, discussion boards, contacts, shared documents, etc.

Once you login, it will bring you back to the CONNECT website.

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Step 2

Fill out your Profile. Click “Build My Profile” from the CONNECT home page.

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Step 3

Join in the conversation. Click the “Communities” button in the top navigation bar or click “Explore Communities” from the home page to join in the conversation!

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More Helpful Tips


Build Your Profile

Upload a profile picture and add to your bio so it is easier to find and connect with like-minded peers.

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Customize Your Settings

My Account Settings

While on your profile page, click on the tab for My Account. Here you can set up how you want to receive emails from the community, how much of your profile you want visible to other members, and design the signature area that appears under your discussion posts.

Email Delivery Settings

Your frequency can be in the form of a daily or weekly digest - a single email each day or week summarizing the hottest topics in your community.  There is also the option to stay informed in real time with instant alerts. 

Find Contacts

Select Directory from the top navigation bar to find friends and colleagues belonging to CONNECT. Creating a contact list helps identify relationships and build searchable networks.


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Join The Conversation

Post A Message

Select “Add” next to the Latest Discussions section on the Homepage, or select Participate > Post A Message from the main menu. Be sure to put in concise and descriptive subject text in the Subject area and attach any relevant files to your post. There are three ways to finish your post:

  • One - Click “Send” to post right away.
  • Two - Click “Schedule” to have your message post at a specified later date/time.
  • Three - Click “Save as Draft” to save your message for later.

To access your scheduled posts and drafts, go to Profile > My Contributions tab > List of Contributions.

Add a Tag
To create better search functionality for all posts, please tag your post with any relevant topics. To tag, simply type the hashtag symbol - # - in your post and select a tag from the dropdown menu.





Reply To A Discussion

There are two ways to reply to a discussion:

  • One - Click “Reply” to reply to the entire thread. This is the most frequently used option.
  • Two - Click “Reply Privately” to send a private response to the community member’s inbox.

Select “Mark As Inappropriate” if a member’s post clearly violates the CONNECT Code of Conduct and it will be flagged for review by the IFAI community management team.



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What Now?
  • Let us know you're here: Say hello and share what you are hoping to gain by participating.
  • Ask questions: What do you want to know more about? Have a question about anything from professional development to everyday problems? There's someone out there with the answer.
  • Share ideas: Is there a hot topic you want to discuss? How about a lesson you've learned that might help your fellow members? Start a discussion thread to give others a peek inside your world or to demonstrate your expertise on a topic.
  • Give feedback: Use your knowledge and experience to answer other members' questions. Just click Reply to the right of any discussion post, or comment underneath a library entry.