social media is to recognize what it is to be social. Being social is having positive interactions with other people. It's also about synergy that celebrates cooperation and working together.
Social media choices like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Blogs have become highly integrated into how we communicate and how we purchase and sell. And the only way to utilize the benefits is to build an optimistic mindset. You must first let go of any preconceptions of what you "think" you know about social media.
The movie Avatar features an alien culture of blue cat-like humanoids that represents the core of synergy and community. Everything about the Na'vi culture is about interaction and cooperation. You see it in how the Na'vi ride their horse-like creatures and the dragon-like birds they fly on.
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) learns about the Na'vi culture and after 3 months transforms his old mindset to recognize how connected these people were to each other and to the plants and animals all around them. He is able to clearly see the richness of this alien world and eventually harness its power so he could help this race on a massive level.
Social Media Success Tips
Social media is really an online tool that is breaking down the invisible barriers between people locally and globally. It's about getting back to a small town community mindset where everyone knows each other and helps one another.
See a 3 part video interview I gave where I shared helpful tips on understanding how and why social media works:
Part 1: Social Media is Dialogue - 5:06 min.
• Positive online buzz increases sales
• Create dialogue not monologue
• Sell the sizzle not the steak
Part 2: Increase Your Social Network - 4:56 min.
• Keywords increase your presence
• Leverage your current database
• Being "viral" online is good
Part 3: Keep An Open Mind - 5:05 min.
• Boomers can learn social media
• Build an optimistic mindset
• Social media builds community
Social media is here to stay and reflects our evolution in communications. It is teaching us all how to get back to our roots, build community and increase cooperation and synergy. It's about being more interactive with like-minded individuals anywhere on our planet. In the end make it your goal to balance your time invested online with actual physical interactions.
The bonus is that social media will help you build an optimistic mindset. You'll be able to apply this positive attitude in other areas of your life and career. Keep an open mind to new worlds like social media. You may discover something that truly excites you!
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