Getting Started

How to get started

 E-mail Diagram

  • Visit the Exchange - Visit http://exchange.cof.org and log in with your e-mail and password for the Council’s website. If you don’t know it, e-mail membership@cof.org
  • Create a profile - Click on “My Profile” and pull in information from your LinkedIn profile or fill it in manually.
  • Join a Community - Select “All Communities" in the tool bar and click “Join” to the right of communities you would like to join and select your notification preference. 
  • Visit the Directory to Meet Other Members – Click on "Directory" in the tools bar. The Directory lets you search for other members based on:
    • First and/or last name
    • Company/Institution name
    • Email address

How to post through your e-mail

You can post on the website or directly from your e-mail. To the right, you will see a diagram of the e-mails you will receive from the Exchange. You can reply to messages and post new questions directly from this message. You can even attach a document to your e-mail reply, and it will be added to the library!

Post rule of thumb

Use the public reply for information that everyone can benefit from.

  • On the Exchange website, you do this by clicking Reply to Discussion
  • On e-mail, you do this by clicking Reply to Group via E-mail or Reply to Group Online

Use the private reply for confidential information or replies that only the sender needs to see (e.g. "thanks" "me, too")

  • On the Exchange website, you do this by clicking Reply Privately 
  • On e-mail, you do this by clicking Reply to Sender

Changing your E-mail Frequency

  1. In the main menu, click on "My Profile" and select "My Settings"
  2. Scroll to the community you are interested in changing your frequency of emails, and select either "Real Time" "Daily Digest" or "No E-mails" in the drop down menu.