All Together Now

Well, you knew it had to be there—a social network devoted to The Beatles.  Of course with February 2014 being the 50th anniversary of The Fab Four “invading” America (including Canada), there is a lot of news about the Beatles. This site is a new one, even for me. I haven’t decided yet whether to join yet another social network. I barely keep up with the ones I have now.

Social networking is probably the easiest, and perhaps the most popular, form of networking. You get to “hang out” with like-minded people, or at least people who share your interests. That’s a great place to start, but networking can’t all just be on social media—you really do need to get out there and be social. That means meeting face-to-face.

What if you’re shy, and meeting new people is hard? That’s where social media can come into play. You can start up conversations and get to know people through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media, and then suggest that you meet in person at an upcoming event. If you want to have at least one ally going into the fray, then suggest you meet for coffee ahead of time.

As anyone who is involved in communications will tell you, it really is a small world, and social media has brought the world together in ways not imagined even 10 years ago when Facebook made its debut.  In some ways, 10 years is a long time, but in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t.

If you have either a personal Facebook page, or one for your business, then you’re in the social media game, and that’s almost mandatory these days. Why is everyone on Facebook? Because everyone’s on Facebook.  There are pros and cons, just as there are to almost any kind of networking, so you have to decide what’s right for you.

I likely won’t join this new Beatles network, but I will continue to engage, on social media and in person, with my other networks, and no doubt, we will talk about the Beatles’ impact on our lives.  Networking doesn’t have to be all about business, and it’s more fun when it’s not. Meeting people, finding out common interests, and engaging in small talk may seem frivolous, but it really can help you both personally and professionally. And it might just make this seemingly endless winter a little brighter and shorter.

So, all together now—get out and start networking. You’ll be glad you did.

Please let me know how networking has helped you, or why you just don’t think it matters. See you back here in a couple of weeks I hope.

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