I get asked a lot about how to improve at writing (though I don’t believe I’m that good of a writer) and how to develop your social media presence. Here are a few things I’ve learned (and am still working on).
1. Be yourself. People know when you are being fake. Don’t try to sound smarter than you are. Don’t try and act dumber than you are. Don’t make jokes you wouldn’t make with your friends. If people want to listen to what you have to say, it’s you they want.
2. Be as generous as you can with your replies. Haters are going to hate, but there are people out there who really want to engage. So do your best to engage them. Don’t take the haters to personally (we all know it has nothing to do with you). No one has to read what you write, or what you post, so it is a gift that people actually take time to listen and respond.
3. Be cautious of what you send out to others. If you wouldn’t say it, or wouldn’t want to be involved in it, don’t put it out there. Sending out garbage to people will only cause others to distrust what you have to say.
4. I’m a serious guy…. most of the time. But, don’t forget to let the light shine though once in a while. No one likes a Debbie Downer, no one can deconstruct all the time. Take time every once in a while to start a scandal about yourself on Twitter. Have fun and mix it up. If you do social media with the purpose of comedy, post something serious. A silent person who speaks is a force to be reckoned with. A funny person with a serious thought, means business.
5. No what you need. Social Media and writing can be over stimulating work. Don’t write about or post something to get back at someone, or to get attention. You are like the clingy boyfriend/girlfriend that everyone hates.
This is what I’ve learned and I hope it helps.