What to TWEET about — Part Two

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Best Practices for Using Twitter

Something to Think About

Something to Think About

Since Twitter will be changing all our lives, according to Time magazine’s recent cover story, I was thinking about how my use of Twitter differs from other Tweeple — and whether anyone could really publish a Best Practices for Using Twitter.

Don’t most of us think we are right most of the time?

If I, personally, was “right” on Saturday, May 23, when I posted my first tips on What to Tweet About — a blog entry that has so far been my most popular [732 views to date] — then I’d like to re-visit one of my Tweeting suggestions, i.e. “Share an insight that you’ve gotten all on your own and are dying to share.”

Today’s post will feature a dozen of the personal ideas I tweeted since joining Twitter this past March. My hope is that readers will find at least one of these thoughts that resonates with them in a way that invites validation through a personal story.

So tell me if any of the following ring true for you:

About Business in particular:

1 – People are NOT numbers. When businesses fully understand this, their strategies and tools will adjust.

2 – Participation is today’s Marketing & tomorrow’s Loyal Customer Base

3 – To be an effective manager: Realize that you are smarter OR wiser OR more knowledgeable than your staff . . . and coach accordingly.

About Blogging in particular

4 – Quality of content wins over fitting into someone else’s box.

5 – Content-rich means both “key words” and total substance.

About Life in general:

6 – Multi-tasking is vastly over-rated.

7 – Motivation often comes after the Hard Work is done

8 – A Work in Progress: doesn’t that describe Everything?

9 – One cannot give from a depleted state

10 – We are what we think about

11 – We like doing what we do well: when we focus our efforts on our strengths, we build our reputation and loyal followers.

12 – The more I learn, the more I want to know.

Got an experience to share? Or an insight to add?

And Follow Me on Twitter @sharisax

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Posted by Shari Weiss   @   13 June 2009
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Jun 15, 2009
8:56 am
#1 Louis Wang :

I always think that management involves not only sharing information, but also controlling and limiting information. I always have a concern about how manangers can limit the overwhelming speading of information through this modern social media. For instance, any information leak from a single staff may cause the failure of an entire business plan. That’s beyond ethicality.

Jun 15, 2009
2:13 pm
#2 Frank Zhang :

“The more I learn the more I want to know”: this is a simple rule and cycle that most humans live through. This idea of “curiosity” has taken me to a certain point in life today — the idea of discovering the unknown and the motivation to further my learning. In the social media area, Twitter can be seen as a virtual path in discovering the unknown, with personal updates and numerous users on Twitter. Being a new user myself, I have been overwhelmed by features that are slowly changing the way I see things on peop, especially as I become part of the lives of people in the Twitter community.

Jun 15, 2009
11:58 pm
#3 Max Lu :

On point #3 sometimes it is not possible. I have seen some junior managers are more knowledgeable and smarter than their top managers. As long as the top manager can win their hearts and the subordinates buy into the top management’s values, the operation still can be very successful. Being an effective manager should never be afraid of someone smarter or more knowledgeable than him/her. He/she should recognize their talented areas, invite them into the team, empower them and let them grow.

Certain top managers know their weakness so they go out to hire outside experts to coach & mentor their subordinates, because they know other people can do a better job then themselves.

Of course, we should always improve ourselves and give our 100%; and at the same time, we should never shy away from some who are smarter or more talent than us.

In this fast pace and highly dynamic society, it’s really difficult to be on top of everything so many effective managers always know how to recognize talented people and delegate their authority accordingly.

Jun 16, 2009
9:09 am
#4 sharisax :

Max, certainly you are correct in your observation that “some” managers do not belong in their positions. Unfortunately, we have this theory called the Peter Principle, which describes those people who have been “kicked upstairs,” far above their level of competence.

Jan 29, 2010
5:02 pm
#5 wtlane :

Great article for us new to social media and how to use it to increase our business exposure in the right way. I resonant with comment #12, the more I learn the more I want to know. However, I find at times that I am on information overload. When this happens I get paralyzed and do nothing. Interesting conundrum.

Author Jan 29, 2010
5:40 pm

Reply to your conundrum:
I give my students a 4-step process for LEARNING/Mastering just about anything:
Here are the four words: Confusion, Silence, Focus, Effort.
1) Whenever we learn anything new, we are CONFUSED — this is human.
2) However, we must SILENCE the confusion — and whatever fear accompanies it.
3) Then: we need to FOCUS [Multitasking is vastly over-rated. Suze Orman says that Multitasking is the Ruination of Perfection]
4) Finally, to achieve anything, we must put in the EFFORT.

Jun 21, 2010
2:47 pm
#7 Anthony :

A work in progress does not describe a Rembrandt.

Author Jun 21, 2010
11:32 pm

Interesting insight, Anthony, but what exactly do you mean?

Jun 21, 2010
9:50 pm
#9 TJ.... ENG1A :

3 ā€“ To be an effective manager: Realize that you are smarter OR wiser OR more knowledgeable than your staff . . . and coach accordingly.


because when you have that mentality set… you can THINK people like you. but when you try to add them on social sites they accept you “gosh !! i hate this person” or they’ll simply ignore you right???

Author Jun 21, 2010
11:52 pm
#10 Shari Weiss :

Humility is definitely a praiseworthy trait.

Jan 31, 2011
12:04 am

I really like the statement – about life in general:
10 – we are what we think about. and 12 – the more i learn, the more i want to know.
Thats me! for both!

Author Jan 31, 2011
12:35 am
#12 Shari Weiss :

me, too

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