Just experienced an 18hr straight run with Social Media- yes, I did sneak in about 4.5 hours of sleep in the middle of it all, but I can tell you that my lunch-time Diet Coke must have just hit the wall, because my energy level just tumbled. Anyway, getting to the point: the importance of taking on-line networking connections off-line and into the real world. I am the first to say that social media tools are an excellent way to make that first connection. I have written numerous times about the clients, business partners, and new friends I have met first virtually. The key is that all of these relationships were taken to the next, more intimate level: the in-person connection. That connection can be anything from a simple phone call, an actual meeting or doing a web conference call with Skype or Talkshoe. Choose whichever method allows you to interact with the other individual in a way that goes beyond mere words on a screen.
It completely rocks when that virtual connection you have been stoking the flames with creates a real life feeling of being in synch with the other party. I think the time spent virtually gives most of us that ability to jump right into a more intimate relationship because we have already cut through all of the exterior niceties. We can jump into the heart of our meeting whether it is a business deal or a friendship because the basic info has already been shared.
One of my passions is working with women in transition. I had the opportunity to do a seminar on Networking With LinkedIn for Act Three owned by Julie Shifman. Julie’s company helps women to navigate the next chapter or “act” in their lives. Her mission is a great fit for my passion, so look for more to come from our collaboration. Want to know my thoughts immediately following the dynamic discussion with the women in attendance today?
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And video from January talking about C3’s LinkedIn Classes for Women: