I got on well with a guy called Graham*, whilst my then girlfriend chatted about teaching (she was a teacher), with Graham’s girl friend (who was also a teacher). Whilst they moaned about children (teachers and doctors moan the most about work in my experience) we talked about music and other interests. We enjoyed the food and the inevitable template speeches borrowed from YouTube.
It was a fun night. I managed to pull off some of my back catalogue dance moves and there were fireworks. You realised how drunk you were when you looked up to watch the fireworks and you did some kind of Elvis thing with your legs while you steadied yourself.
The next day when I got home I had a Facebook request from Graham. Even though you know you’re never going to see each other again you’re obliged to accept. After the pleasantries about how it was a lovely day and a great wedding 6 months went by and I had an extra online ‘friend’ but no further banter or wisdom was exchanged.
My Facebook page is very random, a mix of business events, thoughts in the moment and the odd squirrel video. Maybe I should reign it in a bit I often think. My post that gained some attention was my “Who would win a fight between porridge and Weetabix?”. By this I meant when it sticks to the bowl like concrete when you don’t wash it straight after eating, therefore the strongest in a fight.
A few people commented and Porridge was a clear winner. Out of the blue Graham popped up with a comment “You’re nuts you are”. “Well, what do you think Graham?” I replied. “It’s got to be porridge!” can his replied post, with an exclamation mark to almost signify he had inner knowledge and some kind of definitive proof. Perhaps he did know the real answer, after all I only met him the once.
The discussion continued and what started as a polite friend request turned into rapport about something as stupid as porridge vs Weetabix. The point you may ask?
I have found my personal Facebook page to be very beneficial of keeping in touch but also in developing relationships with people. It’s a blog, a diary of thoughts, that shape how people see you and the opinion them form of you. A few months later I got a call for Graham asking if I could help a client of his with a website. He knew what I did, he liked me and I was able to help his client.
Whether it be cat videos (I’m guilty of a few), pictures of food or a family day out, social media connects people. A window on your world. You’ll be amazed how many people read what you’re saying even if they don’t comment. If you have 500 friends on Facebook and they have 500 friends each, that’s 250,000 warm business leads and people you’re connected through.
I’ve worked on projects for people I haven’t seen since I left school, they’ve been able to collaborate on projects with me and more satisfyingly I’ve been able to point people in the right direction or connect people I know.
Be yourself, help others and engage with people on and offline and see where it goes.
* name changed due to witness relocation.
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