Six Things to Not Do On LinkedIn and in Social Media Forums...Think Before You Post!
6. You Gotta Give to Get! (Don't Be An Idiot.)
One person in an industry forum expressed frustration that they had given many ideas and not gotten anything for it. He went on to imply that whoever provides an idea that leads to an order should be paid for it.
The groups I've been referring to are industry groups effectively made up of suppliers as well as distributors who actually could be considered competitors from around the country. The idea that someone would only help if they get something out of it may be a good business model for some, but it's not what online networking is all about.
I was fortunate to connect with a group of industry professionals early in my promotional products career that had a profound effect on my business. Working with three distributors in this group on a creative program we earned a PPAI Pyramid Award. Helping our colleagues is good business and raises the level of professionalism in our industry. This online group helped me understand the value of continuing education, volunteering, and the power of relationships.
Lesson: Give, and it will be given to you. (Luke 6:38) It makes good sense to help others in life and in business.
Social media serves a positive purpose connecting people and in many ways we help build up our businesses and the professional side of our industry. We learn from the meaningful topics that are discussed, making these new avenues of communication very beneficial. We just need to be considerate and think before we post. You won't do yourself any good professionally if you annoy people in online groups.
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