The best way to develop professional relationships on social media, or any human relationship for that matter, is to be likable. You smile when you meet someone in real life, so you should practice giving a friendly greeting when you meet someone online.
You must do what you say you’re going to do when you say you’re going to do it. If you are unreliable, dishonest or questionable, you won’t win friends. You need to encourage accountability.
Develop trustworthiness by dealing fairly with everyone you meet, and making your conflicts of interest plainly visible to people. Transparency equates with trust.
Be positive. Be Spontaneous. Would you sit down and plan out a detailed, step-by-step strategy on how to make friends and become popular? You are best off just being genuinely yourself.
Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+ are fantastic tools that provide you with a platform to use to spread your message and develop professional relationships. These are great places to meet like-minded people who share your interests and form groups around those interests.
Some “social media experts” cause confusion and frustration with recommendations that you must first create a strategy with goals, milestones, and expected results, that you can then follow, step- by-step, to success.
This is ridiculous because it overlooks the most important part of social media: by design they’re free-flowing, ever changing, and informal to fit each person’s style.
The more I explore being liked and making connections, I realize the importance of my own shift in perception about other people– that they hold me accountable and we hold one another accountable. Sometimes group-awareness reaches farther than self-awareness– that is all we need to make important changes and allow others to belong.
We hold ourselves accountable to others more than we will hold ourselves accountable. Public accountability is key. We make a public statement of our goals and by making them public, we let our friends and acqauintances hold us accountable. That is powerful.
“Finding your purpose isn’t enough,” Says Mark Zuckerburg. “Yes it is a good pursuit, but finding your purpose means next to nothing if you don’t also help others find theirs.”
I’ve wondered if I am on the right path in social media. But then I catch a glimpse of an evolution – something exciting happening. Growth. My group becoming a community. People connecting and helping each other.
This natural evolution is the result of the efforts of a core group, an inclusive group embracing new members and engaging in meaningful conversations, connecting within the community, building value together, informally holding each other accountable.
The result of this cooperative work is people cross the line to like, know and trust the relationships– the professional relationships transform into personal relationships.
When you finally meet the group members in real life, they embrace each other like family, like brothers and sisters.
And they like and they trust…
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