Posts Tagged ‘Learning’

Your Best Social Networking Practices

July 10, 2010

I recently answered a question asking me to share what I considered best practices around social networking. My post lists some of what I consider to be essentials on this subject.

#1 – Be your authentic self. I only follow and interact with people. I don’t interact with marketers, self help guru’s and consultants in any social medium. I’m not against any of those things, I just don’t like mixing my chocolate and peanut butter personally. I filter and sort through the crowds to the real folks with whom I share common interests. I thoroughly enjoy their insight on our shared subjects.

#2 – Consistency is required for healthy relationships. If you only post once per month you’ll be mostly ignored. You can’t keep most friendships intact if you only speak to them once a year.

#3 – Not every post has to be earth shakingly philosophical. I can’t count the times I’ve met someone face to face for the first time and knew them to some degree based on their posts. Meeting others is a special treat for me at far flung conferences, sporting events and training when I’m away from my family.

#4 – Leverage desktop productivity tools like HootSuite, Tweetdeck or Seesmic is a must. I have some common friends across multiple social networks but not many. But most of the people I’m connected with have their preference of social network and primarily focus on it. Also most of the social mediums I use have their own flavor because the cook (me) had a specific use in mind when I first created the network. Rather than spending a lot of time maintaining each network I use one of the tools listed above to allow for more time thinking/learning and less work to share.

#5 – Leverage your mobility. People move around a lot nowadays. With the advent of smart phones you can carry your social networks with you and share on the go. Doesn’t everyone need to know when to avoid the bypass in gridlock?

Ultimately social networking isn’t about what you can get. Social networking is about what you can give.What are some of the best practices you would share in social networking?


The Best of the Best So Far

February 5, 2009

I’ve been learning and growing a lot lately. I’d go so far to say my whole perspective is changing in some areas. Here are links to three reasons why.

Rick Smith’s video, ‘Did You Know’. Rick’s video is only 5 minutes long. Yet it captures the speed and depth of change in our world brilliantly. If a person could not acknowledge that changes are underway around us after they watched it, you’re wasting your breath with more talk.

Twitter, The best way to explain twitter is with a few quotes I see re-tweeted often. “Facebook is for people you used to know and you want to catch up with. Twitter is for getting to know people you would like to know better.” Another favorite, “Twitter is speed for relationship junkies.”

Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I read most of this book while sitting in my tree-stand this year. The chapter titles ‘Stop Praying’ and ‘Profile of the Lukewarm’ got my attention and I bought the book thinking it would be a quick read. It didn’t take me long to think again. I was convicted more with each chapter I read. All the way to the point of action. The main theme; Do you really believe the Bible word for word? Jesus didn’t stutter.

These three things shook the ground underneath me in the past few months. What’s rocked your world lately?

A Polymath’s Dream

January 20, 2009

As a relatively new user to twitter and its related applications I am in rare form. My rare form being defined as drinking from the fire hose of twitter connectedness and re-tweeted knowledge. Although I’m reluctant to call myself a polymath, I certainly possess many of the classical tendency’s and traits. These traits, along with access to random and seemingly unlimited information and discussion, test the true meaning of learning exponentially. This environment also provides for a whole new world of connections to discover.

I’ve studied multiple subjects to earn a living and for pure pleasure. After all I am labeled a learner by Gallup. Normally I give all attempts to profile me such as Gallup the appropriate ‘grain of salt’ treatment and move on. However, this is a specific characteristic they nailed. One I’ve embraced with zeal. Lets just say that if funds and time were available I would be in some sort of formal education for life. Informal learning is just the next breath away.

What I find interesting though isn’t the ability to learn or the availability of the information but the need of social interaction to find a purpose for it. A thought occurred to me as I read the general description of a polymath today. Specifically this sentence stood out. “Thus the gifted men of the Renaissance sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social accomplishments and in the arts.” So my take is meaning and purpose is not found solely in knowledge or learning but in the social interaction that follows. Greater understanding seasons social interactions like salt, increasing their flavor.

I can say for me personally that social interaction whether face to face or on-line is the point where I receive the most satisfaction. Thanks to my latest surge in learning I better understand that my satisfaction truly originates from helping others. For me this is a great day. Because today I know myself a little better.