Many people whom I meet when I ask them the question which is the title of this article claim they they’ve met lots of people via social media.
Yet, when I press them for details (Yes, I know, it’s a bad habit of mine! But, how else do you think I can get great content for my blog?) I don’t find much.
Either these people they’ve met they’ve known their entire lives or they come from the same gene pool (e.g, schools, employers, etc.)
Not that many have genuinely met new folks online, let alone actually taking the conversation offline.
Sure, maybe they get connected with or followed by perfect strangers but they never take the time to truly engage with them.
Let’s talk about this for a bit!
First. let me define what I’m talking about.
I’m not talking about stalking or finding yourself a date!
There are other blogs and apps for that kind of thing and you’re on your own if that’s where you’re at.
I’m not that kind of blog!
What I am talking about is finding potential clients or future employers.
Then, hopefully, taking the conversation offline to either a phone call, a face-to-face meeting over coffee, Skype/Facetime, or even email.
OK, now that we know what we’re talking about, how do you go about and do this?
(Don’t you just love the simple one word, one syllable answers?)
Follow or connect with people whom you share something in common with and are outside of your usual groups.
Look for where you can add something of value.
Once you’ve connected, continue to share value, and ask for a meeting in whatever format the other party is comfortable with.
A good sign that your social media communities are healthy is regular contacts with its members.
Additional proof that they’re healthy are additional business, new positions, and learning new things.
Try it, you’ll like it!
That’s it for now!
Please check-out my 8 step approach for developing a social media program to get some more ideas on how to use social media.
Also, never forget to reach out to either ask questions or to ask for help from someone like myself!
In the meantime, thank you for following and reading my blog!
I look forward to any and all comments that you may have. I will reply to any comments made to this blog post as promptly as I can.