We’re all aware of the importance of first impressions because more than likely you’ve encountered someone who’s made a not-so-good first impression with you. Sometimes it’s as basic as a personality quirk or social awkwardness that leaves you wondering about your new acquaintance. They’re loud, they cuss in professional circles, or they might even be gossips with their foot in their mouth on a regular basis. Not a pretty sight or sound; a lot like television static or fingernails on a chalk board. Just plain annoying. (more…)
You can always put on a facade of confidence, but most people are able to see through that. Overly-hyped confidence can come across as insecurity and be extremely overbearing on others. You may know and believe everything you discuss with others, but it is the insecure person who needs to tell everyone everything they know. True confidence sometimes means holding back, giving time for who you are to be revealed naturally instead of being forced on others. You can be known as a know-it-all (and we all know one), or be known as someone with who is wise and knowledgeable in her field, who is sought out on the basis of her reputation, not rejected because of it. (more…)
Resources like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are great tools for communicating your message. But these aren’t magical tools, it actually takes work to to get your message out there. People don’t just start following you because you set up an account on any of these platforms. Apart from hooks in your writing, you need to actually find people who are interested in what you have to say. Social media is no different from real life–outside of a relationship, no one really cares what you might have to say. Of course, once you become known by some as an expert in your field, others will find out about your work. Word of mouth is what we use to call it, but the concept is still the same. Successfully sell your ideas to a few and more will follow. But it takes work and doesn’t happen over night.