Social Networking Hesitation?

This most likely does not pertain to you specifically if you are reading this post or found it through Twitter or another networking site.

 

After a great conversation with Mary Wilson (www.learn-solutions.com) where we spent a few minutes covering networking sites/tools and why they are so powerful today, I wanted to put this out there for those of you that also encounter the naysayer to social networking.  I am somewhat shocked at the feeling out there of people having any hesitation for social networking sites.  I have been hearing a negative connotation surrounding them with a few common threads:

  • I don’t want to tell everyone what I am doing every minute of the day
  • I don’t care what you ate for lunch
  • I don’t understand why someone would want to tell people things about their life
  • Isn’t it scary that someone out there knows what you are doing

The one thought that is escaping the individuals who I spoke with is that YOU control what information you put out there and who you follow and with some sites you can block those you don’t want following you.  If you don’t want everyone to know details of your day, life, work, etc. then don’t publish it.  If you are seeking advice on a particular topic then these sites are fantastic for networking and knowledge sharing.

 

Being closed minded to expanding your network, short term or long term, could be detrimental to your career.  Think about this scenario for a moment.  Let’s say you and your colleague are being considered for a promotion.  Your manager asks for each of you to complete a project by the end of the day and you both know this will be influential as to his decision.  Research is required and you jump on Google and start to search and now have to sort through numerous pages and links to find what you need.  Your colleague jumps on LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. and asks questions on each site… the responses come flooding in with feedback, guidance and even links for what was asked.

 

Does this happen all of the time?  Is it realistic?  I really did this to prove that these sites are not all about “Enjoying a sandwich at Panera” or anything along these lines.  These sites are business and professional but, again, it is on how you choose to utilize them.

 

My recommendation to those who question this new medium, get out there and give it an honest try but give it a good try… don’t fool yourself with a weak effort.  Try it and if you still have a poor opinion then just cancel your account.  I have a feeling you will find true value, and who knows… you may even make some strong connections along the way!

 

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How Do You Stay Focused?

A few years ago I was privileged enough by my previous employer to take part in a seminar and found it tremendously valuable – so much so that I keep a mouse pad next to me as a constant reminder of the important information I learned as to hopefully never forget.

Ah-ha Reminders

I love reminders, notes, to-do’s or whatever your verbiage of choice maybe.  I am high on keeping notes handy to remind myself later of important information or just so I won’t forget in the course of a day.

I’m trying to simplify my life a bit but I have a Palm, a Blackberry and a couple of notepads that I will never get rid of… there is just something about actually writing that still sticks with me.  I keep a notepad on blog ideas (an idea I got from Problogger), one for notes on a book I hope to write one day and one for what I need to do for work which is ultimately my most used each and every day.  I also have a “honey-do” list at home which never seems to get shorter.

The list is something that resonates within me to focus and get accomplished.  With so many distractions available these days in the form of co-worker chit-chat, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or other social networking and the Google search of your choosing there must be a devise to help refocus yourself.

If you work off of your memory well, then you are one of the lucky ones.  If most of you are like me, then I highly recommend taking time to devise what will work for you and don’t let it go.  Embrace it, use it, focus with it and grow with it.  Who knows, it may provide you with more value than you could ever imagine and maybe begin to enhance other areas of your professional or personal life.