networking

I Finally Get Twitter

twitterTwitter seems like a requirement for anyone with a business or a message. Everyone has it but I didn’t know a single person who actually liked it. When I asked friends if they were on twitter their responses sounded more like “Yeah I floss.”

Setting up my account for Writers Work (yes, please follow my new twitter handle), I finally saw why tweeting is fun. The key is you can’t just tweet about your own material and then never read the wall. Here’s why you should spend some time on twitter:

  • Unlike facebook, you don’t have to scroll through a thousand ads.
  • You can connect with big names. For instance, I was reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book and I wrote a message about it, using her handle, and she wrote back to me in seconds! You can’t do that with any other social media platform.
  • You can get really focused news. For instance, with my Heso twitter handle I follow a variety of people, but with my Writers Work account, I only follow writers. Now when I go on my twitter account for WW, I get to see hundreds of quotes about writing, and encouraging articles.
  • It’s really fast. Sometimes I don’t post things to my blog because it’s just a short thought, however that thought is perfect for twitter. I can post it, and go back to my writing without working for an hour to develop that thought into a fleshed out blog post.
  • It’s really easy to develop a following. I picked up 100 followers in the last week just because I’ve been posting more and following more people.

For a long time I didn’t see the point of twitter. All the hashtags and @ symbols were confusing and unpleasant to read. I didn’t spend any time reading other people posts. Nothing would happen when I posted a link to my blog. Like everything, the more you put into it the more you get out of it. You need to click the favorite button on tweets you like. You need to retweet the posts you like. Soon, people will start doing that for you!

Who are some people you would recommend following on twitter?

What Networking Can Tell You

Do you like networking? If you said yes, great! If you said no, you’re probably in the wrong job.

When you love networking it’s like being a kid on the playground. “Hey, you, look what I can do! Isn’t it cool? Hey wait you’re pretty cool too. Let’s be friends.”

At my business course, my teacher said you need to talk to 5 potential clients or allies every day. In my head I thought, duh, piece of cake. It’s been hard not talking about my idea (I’m still not sure if it needs a patent or not).

But then I thought back to the other jobs I had. Back when I was an ESL teacher, my sister was running a networking group. I reluctantly went to a few meetings out of support for her. It felt so strange to meet people and only talk about what I do for a living. Especially when what I was doing just felt like a minor part of my life, and I knew I didn’t want to do it long term. I didn’t want to be: Tracy – the ESL teacher.

Once I started working at my last job we had to occasionally network with Realtors. I dreaded those meetings. I was always afraid someone would point out that I was a fraud, I didn’t know what I was doing, I was too inexperienced/ too young blah blah blah. Those were all my insecurities and had no basis in reality. Also, I think you can read someone’s passion about their job when they talk about it, and I was afraid people would know right away that I wanted out.

Now that I’m doing my own thing, taking risks,and feeling empowered by my choices I love talking about what I’m doing. I tell almost everyone I meet about my blog. The second I meet a new mom I tell them about my baby product idea (and all of them have said they want one hehe). Now when I network it feels like I’m expressing a part of myself that I love, rather than trying to sell a part of myself that I don’t believe in. So, I ask you again, do you like networking?