Posts Tagged ‘Experiences’
One of the highlights of my week used to be a video blog called “Optimistic Monday” by my friend Phil Begnett . Phil had a loyal following of people like me who loved the random upbeat messages that he posted on the theme of “every Monday is a fresh start”.
He even entitles one post “CTRL+ALT+DEL” as a way to show that we can escape and start again!
Phil, like many other folk had been badly affected by terrible news of a devastating tsunami in Japan and thought it was inappropriate to goof around on his video blog so he just acknowledged how he was feeling and signed off.
Full marks to Phil for being true to his feelings but it left me feeling slightly let down and pondering the way we deal with terrible news and the role that hope, optimism and especially laughter play in helping us to deal with them.
Hope is THE most important emotion for human beings to have.
Without hope we can’t live for long. Optimism is closely related to hope and I believe that is why Phil’s Optimistic Monday video was so popular.
I don’t want to diminish the awful situation that survivors of tragedies have to cope with but the truth is that many people do more than just cope. It is only because they have hope and optimism that they can move forward and, in many cases, rebuild lives that are even more meaningful than the ones they had before.
Laughter is the currency of hope
Laughter is one of the most powerful healing experiences. It is contagious and relieves isolation and loneliness. It is impossible to laugh and feel afraid at the same time which is why I value people like Phil Begnett who have a natural ability to make people feel good.
We need to feel pity and sympathy for the survivors of tragedies and do everything in our power to help but it is even more important to bring hope, optimism and laughter.
What lifts your spirits and helps you to cope when things look bad?
I’m delighted to post this fascinating insight from Roberta Ward of My Property Mentor.
I met Roberta on Twitter and quickly found that we share the same sense of humour and rant about similar things! I like the way she uses social media (SoMe) so jumped at the chance to include her experiences of how she built her business and her reputation.
Roberta: I’m often asked about my own social media journey and how I used it to gain awareness for my business.
For me, social media is about anything that offers an opportunity for dialog. It’s not about who follows who, its about who engages with who. Keep this in mind and you won’t go far wrong.
An “F” Word Or Two: Forums and FaceBook
My journey started with forums. I began by reading forum posts within my niche (property). Partly so I could learn new ideas and techniques, and partly for my own entertainment. Reading the posts made me realise that I knew as much, if not more, than those posting and replying. Some of the information given was factually incorrect or just thinly disguised sales tactics being used to reel in unsuspecting newbies. This got me so riled that I started replying to threads and correcting those who were wrong. Over time I became known for ‘telling it like it is” and my reputation began to grow. Forums can be aggressive or argumentative places though and eventually the in-fighting and selling frenzy was why I moved away from them. Along with forums I set up a business Facebook account. Facebook is not my favorite tool because I find it quite spammy in content, however, one of the biggest deals we have ever done come to us via a Facebook contact, so don’t dismiss it out of hand. You never know what tool others are more comfortable using.
What Twitter Did For Me
In early 2009 I joined Twitter because so many folks were going on about it! I must admit it took me a couple of months before I ‘got it’ and began to understand the true power of this amazing medium. On Twitter I met a very influential marketing person who I clicked with immediately, and he understood the way to use it effectively for business. He also encouraged me to blog. Twitter combined with blogging has been phenomenally successful for me. It gives me the power to connect to those who would not normally cross my path, and in doing so, I can seriously up my game. It’s the simplest way to get right in front of movers and shakers in any business realm. I made it my mission to meet in person as many folk as I could from my Twitter followers. A Twitter introduction led to me being directly involved with Be2camp events, but that’s another story.
Why Blogging Works
Ahhh blogging, I LOVE it! It has been incredibly successful for me. A blog can make you the ‘go to expert’ in your niche if done properly. The reach and power of blogs is astounding. Blogging should be the backbone of your social media strategy in my opinion. It’s a place to share information, control the output (and comments), create a niche, and show everyone how knowledgeable and approachable you are. I’ve posted over 200 blogs and had over 700 comments ( not including comments on other social channels – I’ve had thousands of those!). All in just over a year. We invited over 35 guest writers to blog for us including Sarah Beeny, Right Move, Money Supermarket to name a few. Blogging has given us a voice and the ability to connect in real life with those who we want to do business with. How fantastic is that? Older companies still think being at the top of Google is the holy grail because its easier to track “return on investment” than “return on involvement.” But that’s changing rapidly, and it’s now as much about how they find you as which search engine gets you hits. The great thing about connecting on social media is that whenever I plan a trip to London for a meeting, I will fire out a Twitter message and see if anyone from my Twitter list wants to meet for coffee too. Wham! more connections made. You can’t do that on Google!
10 Things To Remember When Using Social media
1. Social media is not about follower numbers, its about the quality of those contacts.
2. Make an effort to meet those new contacts face to face. Business is done with people not avatars!
3. Don’t spam people with your sales message – they are interested in you initially not your business.
4. Be helpful, you will get lots of questions – business and non business related, help folks and they will return the favour.
5. Make it your strategy to be open about your business and yourself & you will get much more from SoMe.
6 Be targeted with your following in the beginning, you can always weed them out / change them later on.
7. Figure out who is influential in your niche, and make an effort to chat to them – chatting leads to business.
8. Be real and not over syrupy, people will see through that online and off.
9. Be careful using automatic messages, they are not chat, people see them as sales spam.
10. Have fun! Don’t talk business all the time-you will end up being like the crashing bore at a party.
And finally, remember this; social media creates opportunity, and that’s what we all look for as business owners- right? Regards Roberta Ward
Teaching ethical property & wealth investing strategies via, mentoring,blogs,social media & events at:
main web site: http://www.mypropertymentor.co.uk/blog
Teaching property developing & buy to let investing via video mentoring at:
sister web site: http://www.oneminutementor.co.uk
Find me On Twitter Twitter: http://twitter.com/RobertaWard
The next Inspired Group Social Media for Business Workshop is on Tuesday 25th Jan
What are your experiences of using social media to build your reputation and your business? Do you agree with Roberta? Share your ideas below ……
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