My sister and I write friendly letters to each other by email, every other month or so. She wrote to me this spring that she lately read Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” She said the book impacted her interpersonal interactions at work.
Yesterday morning I opened my content curation tools on the internet, and to my surprise, the app appeared completely redone. I had little idea of where to start. If I’d never taken the notes that I did, I would have been at a disadvantage given that I needed to start over.
I work in a mostly volunteer capacity at a cemetery off the beaten track. We operate a graveyard. I put in duties as an SMM in order to reach the outside world. http://www.maplelawncemetery.org
What the app revamp did was to require me to get honest about what I am interested in doing. 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, only sixty-five or seventy people, but those people aren’t going to be swayed, I now believe, by where I was 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, and it is true with our page. 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 the people I speak to laughing at me, and it is probably true that new people I might interest will have similar sensibilities to those who are already involved.
If I’m not confident in my ability to bring my interests to the attention of those I work for, the people who like our Facebook page, I realize now that I can’t expect any newcomers to have any different opinion than those with who I already have a connection.
This is how the spring ruling for the content curation tools instantly makes me a better person.
I am lucky. While the reworking of the content curation tools is for relevancy’s sake, and while my hands are tied as to how to go forward from here, facing a truth that I wasn’t formerly comfortable with facing is now a solution. 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, and the time came yesterday. With fresh eyes, I began to see how to use the 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 Facebook and on Twitter.
As the Buddhist maxim states, “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
I’m on Twitter at https://twitter.com/findingenvirons
My content curation tools are provided by DrumUp, an app found on the world wide web at https://drumup.io (a shoutout). The DrumUp starter plan is inexpensive and it offers a lot of use for someone with a business model utilizing Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn.
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