Let’s say that you meet some people at your child’s school or an event and you’d like to find out more about them. If they have a Facebook page or LinkedIn account, you can learn where they went to high school, college, or where they work. Use this information to break the ice next time you see each other.
On the contrary, I’d like to offer a different view to the conventional wisdom regarding social networks. Are we really more connected today with all these technological gadgets and applications? In my mind, being virtually connected and personally connected are two entirely different things. Sure, we need both in today’s world but I would caution that the quality of your network is more important than the quantity.
Make sure you’re using your online social networks to your advantage, but don’t underestimate the importance of having solid personal connections.
– Use Social Media to find common ground with those you meet
– Use that information to help you break the ice next time you see each other
– Don’t rely on social connections as a substitute for personal connection
– The quality of your network is more important than the quantity in your network
As an added bonus to this week’s weekly tips, download my “Get Out There & Introduce Yourself” worksheet here.