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What did I learn as a host?
1) The audience sees what I am looking at. When I click on a person, the audience sees exactly what I see. For that reason, when people are talking on this week’s video, it’s often showing a different person on the screen. I will make sure not to make this mistake moving forward.
2) Since I work virtual, it was a nice diversion to hang out with a group of my peers during the middle of the day.
Online social networking has taken the internet by storm. The rising popularity of social networking sites has attracted users both young and old. What’s more is that these sites are now being used for more than just socializing. Businesses both big and small have found these online communities to be very effective for marketing purposes.
No matter what your motivation may be the key to your social networking starts with posting an effective online biography. Most social sites require that users post a little information about themselves.
These profiles are basically used as ‘filters’ by site members to determine common interest they may have with any member whose profile they may be viewing. It is important therefore that you put a little thought into the short bio you post on the site.
Whether your goals are for business or social purposes you want to be able to connect with other members who best fulfill your intentions or needs.
Let’s now look 5 key elements you should include in your online biography that will make your interactions at any of the social networking sites all the more effective.
Adopt a Unique Avatar
Most every site has ‘default’ avatars that can be used by the members. Take the time and thought to change this. You want to make yourself noticed and not blend into the crowd so the best start is to choose your own avatar. Personalize Your Avatar
When selecting the avatar that you want to represent you it is ALWAYS best to simply go with your picture. People can better relate to a picture rather than a symbol or cartoon character. Remember these are ‘social sites’ where you’re interacting with real people so be a real person yourself by posting your own picture.
For those of you who are perhaps a little ‘shy’ or possibly part of the Witness Protection Program you can select a ‘character’ that may best reflect you or your personality.
If your intentions at the site are business your avatar can be something that relates to your line of work.
Keep to the Facts
The short bio you post does not necessarily have to be complete but it should contain nothing but facts. Regardless of your intentions by immediately ‘drifting’ away from the truth in your bio you are starting out on the wrong foot. If you intend to create something meaningful from your membership you are not going to be able to do that by ‘building your foundation in the sky.’
Remember once you’ve compromised your own credibility it takes a lot of effort to restore it if you even can. By lying up front you are ALREADY wasting your time and that of others who attempt to interact with you. Be nice, be truthful, or be gone!
The Bio Outline
Your bio should be brief but it will need to contain certain information in order for it be effective for you.
Let’s look at 2 different types of bios and what we should include in them:
1) Personal – this type bio is for the purpose of socializing. You’ll want to include a little about your background, personal interest, beliefs, and any other ‘experiences’ that may be relative to who you are.
2) Business – your bio information here should be more detailed and include what your business is, what you have to offer, any experience relative to your line of work and what your business goals are.
If your social networking is for the purpose of business restrict the use of any hard sales pitches within your bio. Nothing will turn people away quicker than being met with ‘in your face sales tactics’ while viewing another members’ profile.
Online social networking can be a very effective means in which to conduct business. Originally established for the purpose of serving as social hubs, online communities now cater to both personal and professional needs. What you need to keep in mind is not to overlook the importance of the bio you post. This is usually the other members’ first impression of you. By focusing attention on the 5 key elements that we spoke of above you will insure that your first impression will be accurate and hopefully favorable but certainly not misleading.
Relatively few people actually blow the interview. The problem is that they fail to impress the interviewer with their capabilities and, thus, are easily forgotten as candidates. This often occurs because individuals tend to talk in generalities in the interview rather than articulating specific accomplishments and achievements. Describing your past experiences by using stories or anecdotes is one of the most effective means of impressing a recruiter. Using stories to describe your accomplishments helps you stand out and be remembered. The reason this is true has to do with one of the basic premises of adult education. Adults tend to remember examples better than they remember facts. Thus, if you list off a string of strengths such as resourcefulness, articulate, and pleasant to be around, no one will remember what you said fifteen minutes after you leave the interview. Moreover, by simply articulating a laundry list of strengths, you are not backing up your claim. Maybe these really are strengths, but who knows? By describing situations in which you demonstrated those strengths, you will both convince the interviewer that these are indeed strengths of yours and you will have a higher probability of being remembered after the interview is over. Telling stories about your background is a skill. Some people are naturally good at it while others are not. However, it is a skill that most people can master with a little practice. The trick is to establish a format for your anecdotes. This will enable you to avoid being too brief or overly long-winded. The acronym STAR is often helpful in providing this framework.