My younger sister wrote me this spring that she had read Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” She said the book impacted her interpersonal interactions at work.
One morning I started my content curation tools on the internet, and to my surprise, the app had been revamped.
I work in a mostly volunteer capacity at a cemetery. I put in duties as an SMM in order to reach the outside world. http://www.maplelawncemetery.org
What the app does is find webpages for the purpose of putting content on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Looking at it, I saw I needed to think of keywords for content that are both honest about what I am interested in doing, and valuable to people looking at me on Facebook and on Twitter. The reality of whether the more fringe areas of my research were or weren’t going to fly in the face of other people squarely confronted me.
Some of my ideas just weren’t going to work, I saw. Our Facebook page is small, but those people aren’t going to be swayed, I now believe, by where I had ben putting my nose if I am being transparent.
There is an idea in business that employees don’t work for the boss, that in fact, the boss works for the employees. I am an SMM, but I work for the people who like the page. I don’t have the freedom to indulge every avenue I want to if I don’t want to turn off the people I speak to, and it is probably true that new people I might interest will have similar sensibilities to those who are already involved.
I am proud of the community of minions I am part of on Twitter, and it is probably where I find the most depth in understanding the world apart from here. I realize now that I can’t expect any newcomers to have any different opinion than those with who I already have some connection. I hadn’t been aware this was a problem, and without my input a solution presented itself.
I had envisioned that I would find a strategy to make this work when the time came. With fresh eyes, I began to see how to better use my content tools going forward. In the process, I became, in a small way, a more honest person, at least more honest about what I am doing on social.
As the Buddhist maxim asserts: “Never lie, cheat, or steal.” I got a little more spiritual, yesterday, you might say. It was unexpected all the same.
Maple Lawn Cemetery is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited
On Twitter, I’m https://twitter.com/findingenvirons DrumUp is an app on the world wide web at https://drumup.io The DrumUp starter plan is inexpensive and it offers a lot of use for someone with a business model on Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn.