Well, it’s been a busy week and there’s been a lot of chatter on Social Media Guru program. You can read all about it here and here and now here. I considered spending some time reviewing what happened to cause such a commotion, but I think that you’ll enjoy the experience much more if you check the sites out and make your own opinions. I do want to reiterate my directive from MPI… “Act as a spokesperson for social media to the members attending WEC.” It is not a directive to represent MPI, but rather the attendees. My personal spin on this is to take it all in, write up my story and share it with others. Look for my next blog on Engage365!
Don’t shoot the messenger!
While I’m at WEC, it’s pretty clear that I will be sharing opinions and interpretations of the congress, good, bad or indifferent. It’s the joy of social media – sharing our thoughts, beliefs, dreams and expectations with the world. It’s a wide open forum, but if you want to be taken seriously, be authentic and transparent, it will go a long way in developing your online reputation.
Social media opens the door to allowing people to voice their opinions, thoughts and ideas. Sometimes those ideas are contrary to our own thoughts and perspectives. Sometimes they are like-minded. No matter what the perspective, it’s how we respond to differing viewpoints that tell us a lot about ourselves. (Jeff Hurt)
Opinions, we all have them. (BTW I’m not a trained reporter, nor do I claim to be.) We sometimes express our opinions with wild abandon, speak first, think later. Mouth, insert foot mentality. It happens to the best of us, I have been known to get emotional and speak my mind without stopping to think about the consequences, it’s only human nature. We tend to get defensive on topics we feel strongly about. It’s what we do after we pull our foot out of our mouths that matters. Don’t be afraid to apologize! And remember, it’s someone’s opinion – not the end of the world!
Leaving on a Jet Plane
As I’m making my final arrangements and packing, I think, am I ready? Are YOU ready for WEC? It’s not too late to make sure you have all the right tools packed. Here are a few things on my check list:
- Business cards
- USB & power cables
- Cell phone
- TIP: Call your cell phone provider to change your data and calling plan! Reduce the headache of roaming charges and switch your plan to International. When you get home you can always switch it back!
- Going to the Career Fair? Bring an updated resume
- A sweater for those chilly meeting rooms and evenings out
- Comfortable shoes (There’s a shoe check)
- Smile, Shake hands and Network like it’s going out of style!
Safe travels to everyone – I hope to connect with you in Vancouver!