As you continue to engage within your community through activities, and events, you will gravitate towards sharing your OWN story with others who really want to hear about it. I’ve found that when ever I exit my cave, there are so many people there to support me! Sharing your own story can get to the people that really NEED to hear what you have to say through Social Media. Open a Facebook account, get a twitter handle, post a photo on Instagram, but share, Share, SHARE your life with others. You are your own brand and everything you do shares a bit of information about you to others. You are already being yourself, so sharing is nothing to fear. You get to control just HOW Much you share and that is totally up to how you feel. Play with it. Try it out. Here are my suggestions:
Facebook – Is a great tool to help you connect with those that you know and their friends. These connections can help you grow by finding a job, roommate or even a date! Facebook has so many communities to join and then follow up on their events and then GO to one and meet everyone. You can even create a business page or community so that information about your offerings can go directly to the people who are interested and not to everyone from your home page. For instance, I have an Author Page where I post links to this blog, my web site and even special events hosted around town featuring my voice. So your home page has all of your family and friends and extended family and friends, but then I also have a group page for my families family reunions so that everyone can see what’s going on. Facebook is a great tool to also promote your business and the metrics are astounding for as little as $5 a day. You can define who should see your event or post and then FB tracks when they click through to your web site or event.
LinkedIn – Is for your professional life. It is really nice. I’ve gone through different changes within my career and every time I make sure start with changing my profile on LinkedIn. It’s seen by everyone and there you can link to colleagues to grow your network. So when there is someone or some place you want to visit or learn about, you can see who knows who at that company or business that you could connect with instantly. Plus, you can request online recommendations so that as people look at your profile, they can read about you from other credible sources. It is your living breathing resume and career history. I love that they’ve added the blog feature so you can share a blog about something professional from your career for others to read.
Your Own Web Site – I’ve had one for as far as I can remember. I’ve been blogging and writing and speaking and sharing all my life. For me, it just keeps all my images, ideas, events and links together in one nice home. I would suggest that you purchase the domain name for your own name and use it from now on rather than purchasing as sorts of neeto web site names, unless you have a business name to use. I use GoDaddy for my domain name purchase and then downloads WordPress for free and it’s easy enough for me to use at this point. It’s fast and simple and there is a tech support at GoDaddy that can help out with almost any issues.
Mobile – Use the phone in your hand to connect to all these great social media outlets and then take a photo and share it with your friends! I remember when I worked in Santa Clara out of college for SONY and got to see one of the first High Definition TVs and it was like looking out a car window at the grand canyon, it was so lifelike! But it was also a teeny little tv screen on a large boxy base. Isn’t technology amazing! I adore TODAY.
Flip the Switch – Is when you take an old worn out story that is sad and demented and turn it on it’s head! Once you start seeing things differently, your stories will start to sound differently and essentially you will start to think about how it served you in some way and then the story will start to change. Flipping the switch is when the story now empowers you and you are proud of your work and the courage it took to overcome the obstacle. THAT’s When it’s time to SHARE what you’ve learned.