From the very beginning, God created man for fellowship.
For years, that meant we had to be physically present with someone in order to connect with them.
Since social media has begun it’s rapid rise in popularity, we have a new way to connect with people that we would have never been able to at any other point in history.
Thanks to social media, I’ve met thousands of people that I’ve never met physically, but feel like I know personally. No other tool allows us to do that.
Here are a few suggestions on how to better connect via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Skype, Blogs)…
Grow your “following.” – It may sound egotistical, but we can’t meet people without reaching out to them. Sure, some will use this to give themselves a prideful boost, but when used correctly, it can go a long way in helping us connect and grow relationships.
Engage in conversation. – There’s nothing worse than reading someone’s tweets or blog and having them talk AT you. Engage with people. Have conversations. Have discussions. That’s how relationships are built.
Plan for consistency. – Real connection takes time. If you’re on Linkedin, Facebook, or Twitter once a month, it’s going to be hard for anyone to even find you, much less connect with you. The same thing if you’re running a blog. Be consistent in your time and effort with it. Take the time to plan it out.
Demonstrate Trustworthiness. – People always know if you’re trying to connect for the gain of yourself. People see through fakiness… even online. Be genuine. Desire to really connect. Desire to learn. Desire to grow. Desire to really impact.