One of the most valuable outcomes of engaging with people via Social Media has been the opportunity to network with, learn from and build communities with thought leaders from around the world. I have been amazed at how the simplicity of the touch points in Social Media can lead to real learning, profound insight and enriching relationships.
By simple touch points I mean things such as a tweet or a Facebook post with a nugget of wisdom, a “like” or resharing of an article posted on Linked In, sharing someones article or image on Pinterest, leaving a comment on a blog, etc.
These simple touch points can take only seconds to initiate, but they can easily be the catalyst for enriching conversations, meaningful friendships and valuable professional relationships.
If you found your way to this article through one of those online social touch points you likely already know exactly what I am talking about. If you found your way here through our offline connection I encourage you to venture into the online world. Even if you have already dabbled but haven’t yet found your way to making the connections I describe, I encourage you to keep going. Focus on contributing and your investment will likely come back to you in a multitude of enriching and surprising ways.
Want to find a quick way to get engaged in some great conversations with some bright and welcoming people?
Check out one of the communities I feature in the sidebar here to the right under “My Communities”. (Just click on an icon and you will be taken to the online home base for that community.) Some of the ways to get started are to participate in a tweet chat, read and comment on their excellent blogs, join the linked in groups and engage in a conversation there. The key is to participate!
Over this next month I am also honored to be participating in The 2nd Annual Leadership Blogathon hosted by Todd Nielson.
Todd describes it this way: “For 31 days we will read amazing stories, unparalleled experiences, and leadership wisdom oozing from every crevice of the Internet.” What is astounding to me is the number and diversity of countries and continents represented: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Finland, India, Kenya, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, United Kingdom, and United States.
There is a lot of discussion about a global economy in the workplace. Yet in our day to day interactions most of us are surrounding by people from our country of origin. This blogathon is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to actually hear from and engage with people around the world on the topic of leadership. Here’s the link to the preview.
I look forward to engaging with you on what are likely to be some thought provoking and lively discussions throughout the blogathon in March and hope to see you hanging out over at Lead Change, Talent Culture or Bealeader.
What communities have provided an experience for you of being part of a global community? Please feel free to share links so we can find our way there.