Most of the people who know me, know that I can be strong-willed and I have strong opinions on a lot of things. I love politics, not for the politician’s sake but for its truest and most sincere form where you were asked to have an opinion, people who would support your opinion would vote for you and in the end you would represent those people trying to keep that opinion honest and even more important leaving room for improvement. Of course, politicians still claim that this is their goal, but luckily for them, they are not a wooden boy called Pinocchio.
I love people with strong opinions, I love people who are not afraid to vocalize them, to go into a debate with an open mind. I love them because I know what they represent, I might disagree (or agree) with them wholeheartedly, but at least I know what you represent and what you believe in. In this day and age, most people have become a toned down version of what we used to be, we have increasingly more access to information but at the same time, I feel that more and more people choose to withhold their opinion about the world from the world. By doing so, they seemed to have lost the art of debating with people, we don’t know anymore how to communicate with people unless we agree.
When I look in the industry I work in, people are very comfortable with social media. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, you name it, we are there. But sometimes it is hard to have a true identity on them. If you want to show what you stand for you have to make sure to watch out for these pitfalls.
Interact on a human level, be approachable, be a presence. As a part of the Microsoft community, I have tons of friends who I have never had the chance to meet in real life or I meet once a year. But at the same time, some of these people have become friends even before I met them. Let people know how to reach you and engage in conversations, even if it is over the internet or in written form.
Retweet Machines. I see too many people on Twitter and LinkedIn that just retweet and share information. They barely present own content, if they retweet or share other people’s information, they don’t add value. They are nothing more than a conduit for information to other networks and people. If the content is consistent over time I might get an idea of what their preferred topic is but again I have no idea about their personal opinion. E.g. if you have people who keep retweeting and sharing information about PowerBI, eventually I will pick up they like BI. But I would love to know why and what their story around it is. My tip to you, if you retweet or share something, let me know why I should read it. You shared it, I want to know why you think it such a great article or why you disagree. What is the worst that can happen?
Fluffy messaging. Be clear about your personal opinions. If you disagree, learn how to disagree without disrespecting somebody else’s opinion.
Ok, time to get off my soapbox here. Feel free to reach out to me if you agree or disagree. Or comment if you like to.