Back to school season is upon us, but I believe its always a good time to learn.
Today I will be speaking at the CRAVE Chicago Coffee Chat, a caffeinated casual conversation about business.
I am honored to be on a panel with MJ Tam, editor of Chicagonista and Sydney Owen of Weber Shandwick. We will be sharing tips and tricks to develop a social media strategy and spruce up attendees social media skills.
We are living in the information age, and it is easy to get overloaded.
In many ways entering the social media space can be like the first day of school, however at social media school the TrapperKeeper has been replaced by Tweetdeck, laptop bags are the new lunch boxes, Facebook is the new phone tree.
There is no right way or wrong way to engage in social media. Knowing what you want to get out of your interactions is a good place to start – begin by identifying your personal and professional goals and go from there. Seek out people and subjects of interest, listen and participate!
Think back to your first days of school…during homeroom everyone introduces themselves, nowadays a twitter introduction is made in 140 characters, or in a 30 second elevator pitch! Remember show & tell? Well, that in a nutshell is social media, participants share discoveries and tell their networks about what they’ve learned and experienced. Now that’s not so intimidating, is it? I fondly remember Show & Tell being one of my favorite parts of elementary school, now I get to do it everyday!
What are your favorite social media tools? How would you advise a newbie to ace social media?