A few days ago, I drove to Austin to meet my friend Paula for dinner.Â This is pretty amazing because we have not seen each other for more than 30 years.Â Â We were best friendsÂ in seventh, eighth, and ninthÂ grades and shared many interests.Â Â When we were in high school, her family moved away and then we gradually lost touch over the years.Â Â Â Â
With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and other social media sites, we found each other again.Â Â We exchanged some emails and talked by telephone.Â When she mentioned that she would be nearby in Austin for a workshop, IÂ was excited to be able to drive up andÂ see her again in person.Â It was wonderful to be able to hear about her careerÂ journey and the exciting work she is doing now.Â And of course, it was great to hear about her family, herÂ hobbies, and her dreams too.Â
Have you been using Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn in your business?Â Â In addition to meeting and connecting with new people , I have been finding and reconnecting withÂ colleagues, friends, and professional contacts from the past.Â What a pleasure it has been to find many of them and to hear about their work and their personal life stories!
Coaching Action Tip:Â Â Set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes and use this time to search for people you have met recently, people you work with now, or people you have known in the past.Â Start a list of people that you would like to find.Â Chances are good that you have a wide variety of friends, colleagues, and business contacts Â from your current and previous professional life, yourÂ school days, and your personal life.Â Â
Benefits:Â Â Â It can bring a great deal of delight and a pleasure to to your life to find andÂ stayg in touch with people you enjoy in your personal and professional life.Â ThereÂ may be ways to you can help and encourage each other, have fun together, or evenÂ do business together.
I’d love to hear yourÂ success stories about using social media to connect or reconnect with people!