Today, I am speaking at an International Women’s Day event at Launch 22 in Liverpool. My talk, somewhat unsurprisingly for anyone who knows me, is about social media. About what it can do for your career, your business, you personally. Later this week I’m working with 50 or so folks who want to know how to use social media to build their corporate brand and attract talent.
Different venues, different needs, but similar advice.
I talk a lot about social media. About how to recruit with it. About how to manage the legal risks. How to blog for your business. About addressing the myths. About how to practically do social stuff.
This is what I know, the core of what I have to offer. When it comes to all things social, whether you want to use it to make connections, learn, recruit or build your business, it starts with you and it starts with skills.
You have to know how. You to pick your platforms and learn the lingo and create the content.
But first, these three things, familiar to anyone who has read our books:
Social media is a place to be yourself. Mostly. You can keep any dubious political views to yourself. But for the most part, it is a place to show up, as a person. To be authentic. It’s not about broadcasting your awesomeness. It’s about telling your story.
As for diving in….it is the best way to learn. Don’t worry too much about it. Instead, JFDI. There isn’t all that much you can mess up. Yes, you can find some trolls and some people that have some very strange views on social media, but mostly you will find the benefits massively outweigh the negatives.
Sharing is a fundamental part of being social. Through sharing, your own stuff and that of others, you contribute to the community. You become a useful human. It is also a great way to build early those connections, to help you find your tribe.
There is much to learn about social. But if you start with these simple rules, your social journey will begin. Good luck!