There are a lot of ways to stay behind the scenes and unknown in the world of social media and mobile everything. What happened to the casual conversation or lunch you used to have with a friend in-person?
When a lot of your conversations and relationships are virtual, it is important to make your intentions clear and that you find unique ways to project your personality (this is difficult when you are not able to see or interpret body language).
I have found through experience that if you do not do this, it does not feel like you have a genuine connection. I have found ways to express my intentions through my words (e-mails) and my voice (phone calls). I do admit, this is not as ideal as talking to someone in person, it never will be but there are a lot of times you have to find the best way to use the new and improved technology to your advantage.
I know we’re making a lot of strides with this in our office by using the web-based technology to have more meetings where you can see the person on the other end and it’s not just a standard “conference call” where you don’t get to see who you are talking to. Now trust me, there are those days that I don’t want to be seen! (I’m sure everyone has them…you just rolled out of bed and are working from home in your PJs – it was never a problem until now when someone wants to see your face!) Ha, ha.
It really does help to make more of a connection when you can see the other person you are talking to, it feels more like an in-person conversation rather than just a call.
Before the job I have now, I worked with co-workers in my local office and got to talk to them in person frequently when I had a question or a concern. When I came to this company, I now work on a virtual team with members scattered all across the US, the dynamic is very different – I can truly say it probably took me at least a year to get used to it.
Even if you are in a similar situation as me, don’t be afraid to project yourself and put yourself out there, even if it’s just in your virtual world. We all have our unique talents and gifts and the best way to share those and have others share those with you is to be genuine… don’t try to be something or someone else.
I do have to say that the opposite of what I just conveyed is a real pet peeve of mine… what is that exactly? That would be fake people. Fake personalities, fake intentions, fake conversations. When I can tell that someone is as far from being genuine as you can get (trust me, it usually is pretty obvious), it just really rubs me the wrong way.
So, my advice to you is…
Don’t be THAT person!
Be the other guy/girl who uplifts others and focuses on the glass half full. Be the person that is kind and offers assistance when others need a hand. Be the one who talks to that person you don’t know because you remember when that was you and you didn’t know anyone.
But best of all, find ways to do these things in your own unique way, project your personality, project your aspirations, project your challenges – it’s all part of being the wonderful and beautiful YOU!
What are some things that make you stand out from the crowd, how are you proud of your differences? Please share.
Your extroverted cyber-friend,
#be unique #project yourself #conveyor
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