How we communicate with people, and how we need to be communicated with by others, is an essential part of our personal make-up. For the most part, we are the same person at work and home (at least we should be if we are on the right career path). Chances are, however, our communication styles vary slightly between work and home, and trying to adapt in both situations has everything to do with knowing your audience, whether it’s your boss, your spouse, your children, your best friend, a colleague or whomever else you communicate with regularly.
5,000 metres… what’s up with that? Well it’s 3.2 (or so) miles, or traditionally know as a 5k. Sure I’ve participated in them in the past – many moons ago. Any past 5k’s I may have done consisted of collecting pledges, showing up with a group of friends, and walking lazily, chatting the entire distance, and not even thinking about whether or not I’d finish, or how long it would take me. I just did it.
Last week I turned a corner. I did a 5k. My intent initially was to jog it, then I started with the attitude of defeat and said I’d walk it, then I thought maybe I really can do this thing. So I signed up, and I showed up. 5k, big deal right? Anyone can do a 5k right? Let’s back up the train a sec…
Video blogging or vlogging has been a real adventure for me. I embarked on this adventure just a short time ago to work on my public speaking skills, and I will tell you, it has opened my eyes about a few things.
One, I say “Um” A LOT… and I mean a lot. My husband has been watching my vlogs and providing feedback, as only a husband can. The last one we watched together literally had me in tears because he had me laughing so hard at myself. I will tell you, it’s really healthy to laugh at yourself once in a while. This very short (36 seconds I believe) video blog demonstrates just that.
I confess – I’ve been too “digital” – up until now. I’ve been thinking a lot this year about how I will do social media differently. How will I do social media differently in 2012? That is such a loaded question. What I’m realizing matters most, is the value I place on relationships. On quality – not quantity. I think many of us, as we jumped on the social bandwagon in the last several years have looked at numbers.
How many Twitter followers can I amass?
What’s the size of my network on LinkedIn?
How many people want to be my friend on Facebook?
Those same statements can be said about any of the social network sites. I’ve been really thinking about what I need to differently this year to really grow relationships that matter to me, and seek out new ones.
If you are a networker, like me, you check your LinkedIn account analytics regularly. You like to be “in the know” about who is looking at your profile, and perhaps locate new professionals you’d like to connect with for one reason or another. Today in my travels on LinkedIn, I was doing my usual checking… [...]
I signed up for a subscription to the print edition of The Social Media Monthly magazine. The hook was a social media case study book I wanted, so I signed the dotted line and waited for my book to come in the mail. Admittedly, the book came and I completely forgot about the magazine I had subscribed to… until yesterday.
Upon getting the mail I came across my first issue of The Social Media Monthly magazine. As I’m reading it now I have some thoughts I’d like to share about my experience with this print-edition social media publication. Mind-you, these are my opinions mixed up with some general observations about this new magazine.
This week the word that has been creeping into every part of my life is humility. Dictionary.com defines humility as the quality or condition of being humble. Having a modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc. Have you ever really taken the time to think about that? How humble are you really? I realize we are all human beings and that in-and-of-itself can trip us up. We all want accolades for our accomplishments and we crave recognition.
Ever have those days where you feel there just aren’t enough days in the week, or weeks in the month? Or maybe you just need a few extra minutes each hour? Every day I get at least 2-3 emails from friends, colleagues or social media connections with the “hey have you seen this social [...]
I’m not a fan of Facebook apps, and I typically block 99% of them from finding their way into my news feed. I don’t accept Hearts, I don’t play Farmville and I don’t want to play Farkle or Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook. (I will play Farkle in person if you ever ask, or Yahtzee or [...]
Having been raised by two collegiate educators, I have always taken an interest in big words. I love to learn them and then subsequently use them in conversation, which typically sparks more conversation. From time-to-time at family gatherings, we play “The Dictionary Game,” which is really Balderdash® without a board or playing pieces. It simply consists of a dictionary and a bunch of scrap paper, some rally zany made up definitions and a lot of laughs. In any event, I love pretty much all word puzzles.