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  • Personal Branding Weekly – Think Before You Write

    Posting one’s opinions in a very bold and disrespectful way on somebody else’s profile
    is akin to randomly ringing another’s doorbell and trying to convert them to a different religion or trying to sell them something they’re not interested in.

    Even in supposedly mature circles, there are still some people who try to push their views onto others in a very audacious manner. We can gently encourage and do our best to be understanding of others, but we should never be overbearing. Instead, we should strive to be tactful. Being respectful of other people’s opinions and choices will benefit one in both personal and business interactions.

    From think before you speak to think before you write

    In the world of social media, we need to think before we put something out there for the public (or at least our circle of connections) to see. How do you want to be perceived? What type of character do your status updates and tweets reflect?

    One good approach is to first write whatever you plan to post in a simple text editing application. Reread it carefully with an objective mind, and make sure that it is what you intend to express and does not come across as offensive. After it’s been reviewed, you can then copy and paste it onto your Facebook Wall and/or Twitter timeline. With the latter, you might have to make some edits in order to accommodate the character limit.

    Social media gives us the opportunity to connect with several other like-minded individuals. For many, it has opened up a new world of relationships, both personal and professional. But in general, there needs to be some parameters for appropriate usage and etiquette, or simply for respecting others, even if it’s an unwritten code.

    Keep in mind that courtesy and manners are still applicable and essential online. A bit of politeness and some tact as you interact with others across social media will help grow your network in a really positive way with people that you would actually like to meet face-to-face!

    We hope your week starts well and if you missed some of the great insights from last week, here they are:

    Maria Elena Duron, is managing editor of the Personal Branding Blog, CEO (chief engagement officer) of buzz2bucks– a word of mouth marketing firm, and a professional speaker and trainer on developing social networks that work. She provides workshops, webinars, seminars and direct services that help create conversation, connection, credibility, community and commerce around your brand.  Maria Duron is founder and moderator of #brandchat- a weekly Twitter chat focused on every aspect of branding that is recognized by Mashable as one the 15 Essential Twitter Chats for Social Media Marketers.

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