What are you really bringing to the party?

A friend told me a story about introducing two friends. Guy#1 was at the beginning of his career and Guy #2 wants to be in the same field.  So picture the scene…  3 guys sitting at a pub, having a drink.

My friend to guy#1: “So..  Guy #2 is interesting in pursuing a career in your field.”

Guy #1: “Really…  are you nuts?… stupid hours, no reward and killing unknown trees in paperwork.” [they chuckle]

Guy #2:  “I have a few questions.  What school did you go to? What degree do you have? How exactly did you get your first job?  How do you sleep at night?  How many trees exactly?  Can you introduce me to your boss?  Any hot chicks at your office?  What do you get paid?  Can I get off early on Fridays…………”

As he continues to talk non-stop, without a breath, guy #1 turns to my friend and gives that look: “Who the hell is this guy?  Does he ever shut up?  and most importantly, why did you invite him?”

Bad SOCIAL media.

Do you know anyone like this?  [insert virtual nod].  In particular, have you found this guy/gal online?  I mean, just because the social part of social media is easy doesn’t give you the right to be annoying and frankly, disrespectful.  Its the person who jumps online and asks for info / help / advice, but never stops to think to return the favour.

But… here is the hard question.  Are you this guy/gal?

Ok… maybe not as annoying, but when you go online are you just there to get something or are you actually giving too?  Remember, this is SOCIAL media.  Basic, polite manners are required here too.

When was the last time you answered someone’s question on twitter or LinkedIn?

  • Question from Mark Evan’s @MarkEvans tweet tonight “Aside from RIM and the carriers, who are Canada’s the most interesting wireless companies, particularly start-ups?”
  • Answer from Mark MacLeod’s @startupcfo tweet “@markevans Metranome (http://metranome.net) – led by ex RIM guys. Doing amazing things with mobile video (full disclosure: client)”

When did you reach out randomly and offer to help?

When did you offer a sold piece of advice?

  • Mari Smith’s @MariSmith tweet tonight “For your new Facebook Page, try changing your calls to action to, “Join us on Facebook” or “Write on our Facebook Wall.”

When did you simply say thank you?

  • Jason Fall’s @JasonFalls tweet today “I don’t say this enough: I’m honored people come to hear me talk at events. If you have before, or will soon, thank you. Means a lot.”

When did you pass along some link love?

Ask yourself, what value do you bring to the party?


4 comments on “What are you really bringing to the party?”

  1. Mari Smith says:

    Laurinda – I loooooove your blog!!! Just discovered thanks to good ol’ Google alerts on my name. Thanks a mil for the props in your post here.

    I read through some of your other content – you are crushing it girlfriend!!

    I’m a subscriber now. 🙂

    Keep up the great work.


  2. Hi Mari. You totally made my day. Thank you for your kind words and support!
    And thanks Google Alerts for making me a new friend. 🙂

  3. Gabriela says:

    Thanks Laurinda, great tips! I love how the use of examples.

  4. Thanx Gabriela! Appreciate it.

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