Today, let’s talk about people and money. Believe it or not, they are heavily related to social media… but don’t worry if you aren’t an avid Facebooker, Tweeter or Instagrammer. Everything I’m about to share with you really applies to any and all relationships, whether they are online or face-to-face.
One thing we need to talk about today is dishonoring people. You see, it seems some people have the ability to keep their cool and be respectful to people when they’re face-to-face.
In person, you can usually tell if someone has a problem with you, or if they don’t like you, just by observing their non-verbal communication. But it seems like people will just come out and say things online they would NEVER say in person. Think about that for a minute – are you more free with your words and people skills in print than you are face-to-face? Is it easier to bash people when you’re not looking at them?
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Or what about correcting people’s spelling and grammar? (Especially on social media platforms.) That one is amazing to me! For example, whenever I post something on Facebook we often get a lot of people who are so excited and asking tons of questions. And then, of course, there are those people who start making comments like, “Watch your grammar!” and are correcting my post or the people in the comments for their spelling.
There’s a pretty good chance that you would never do that in person, right? You wouldn’t stop a conversation to say, “Uh, you’re not using the proper sentence structure, and you’re using too much slang.”
So at this point you are probably wondering, “How does this impact money?”
The bottom line is, money comes from people. Opportunity comes from people. Your income is directly related to your people skills! If your current people skills include bashing people with your fingertips, via Facebook, email, text message or any other digital format, you have to understand this does not cause people to like you, trust you, want to be around you, or want to work with you!
So think about that today. If you know you tend to be a little looser with your words when you are online, I want you to start thinking before you type. We have all been guilty of this, myself included. But it is so important to really stop and evaluate then ask yourself, “Is what I’m about to say going to create better influence and draw people to me, or is it going to chase people away from me?”
You do not want to be known as someone who is constantly correcting, criticizing, condemning or complaining. You want to be known as someone who believes in people and is building relationships with people. Once you have a relationship with someone and IF they have asked you to speak into their life or to correct them when you see them going in a direction that does not lead to their goal, THEN speak into that! (And there is an art to that, as well. But that’s a different topic for a different time…)
Focus on building a relationship, gaining trust and becoming an advocate for people. Do not be like everyone else out there in the digital world. Use your influence wisely.
Facebook and other social media can be very influential. Just remember, money and opportunity come from people, and Facebook is an awesome place to find people! How are you using your influence online? Leave me your comments below and maybe share this very article on your social media by selecting Share at the top.
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In great faith,
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