Most people following this blog is coming through Twitter, so I probably don’t need to explain what it is. That being said, I came across some rather interesting advice that should be shared with anyone who is, or is contemplating, using Twitter as a means of social networking.
Don’t get disillusioned if being on Twitter is not causing memberships to increase on your sites, or direct sales to increase. It’s not necessarily designed that way – too many people equate success with follower counts, but it’s meant more for brand awareness and loyalty, not immediate sales if you’re new. But it can be a valuable place for you to network, learn from others, and keep up with current events. It can also be a place where you can find people who are supportive of your daily ups and downs without being judgmental – and if they are, a simple Block removes them from your life. People can respond to you in real time about your frustrations, your pains, your headaches and worries…as well celebrate your successes and requests for encouragement. Twitter may not be a sunshiny happy utopia, but it certainly has the potential to be a great support site if you know how to work it. Don’t necessarily use Twitter to only promote yourself in a direct manner. Instead, use it as a place to find support and do any networking in that regard, which eventually turns into support of any promotional work you may be doing.
Now, returning to the bit of advice that I was sent today on Twitter in the form of a link, that started my own blog post today: take a look at Tim Bulchalka’s blog post on TakeOverPageOne.com. He mentions the seven biggest mistakes (his opinion, but I concur) that people make when being on Twitter. The biggest bit of advice? Be yourself! Don’t pretend to be something that you’re not. The rest of the world may see you as an actor, but aren’t you much more multidimensional than that? Share your experiences. Share who you are. I’m obviously not saying you need to open up your entire world with a public that might not know your privacy needs. But be open to sharing your disappointments and questions. Ask questions. Don’t always appear as the authority that you may be presenting yourself, if there are any issues in which you might need more education or clarity.
Just remember – confidence is sexy, but so many people don’t understand what real confidence is. Confidence isn’t being the arrogant authority on a subject. Admitting your faults and openly expressing your desire to learn and better yourself (in all the ways that is possible, from personal to business) is where REAL confidence comes in. Having the stones to admit that you’re not perfect but you’re open to suggestions is where real confidence comes in. And THAT’s sexy.