Recently, I started a Facebook Group I called “The Relational Marketers“. I formed this group to have a place for individuals to really get to know each other and support each other, not just by commenting or sharing and re-tweeting each other’s post but to really do our best to get to know each other and what we do.
It’s a rather active group – except for when I disappear for a week on vacation and are unable to interact! “Wink-wink”
It’s so refreshing though to see that in the past week or so when I was away, there are a few people who remained engaged…
Beth Wiles, of www.BethWiles.com – specializes in counseling and coaching you so you can discover a new passion and purpose for your life! She blew me away with her blogpost homeword, on “Are You Fearful or Sharing Your Greatness?” where she shared how with the encouragement from myself and the group, she was able to get over her fear of video and sharing of herself. Now she has discovered that video is her best friend! Watch out world, Beth has just begun!
Rowena Bolo of www.RowenaBolo.com and known as “The Asian Marketer Who Hears You Out”, teaches “how you can discover how you can maximize the rich potential of online marketing. Rowena and I came from the same country but she’s lived overseas for quite some time now and as we speak, she is touring Europe with her husband. What a life! She shares this very sweet post on how her engagement with me a few months ago, resulted in her being able to overcome her fear of video and essentially not feeling good enough…. Such a rich story here!
Pat and Lorna Shanks, my dear friends from Canada also known as “The Coolest Couple” of www.TheCoolestCouple.com teaching people about “Cool Tools, Cool Knowledge and Cool People”, lovingly and generously created 2 videos for me. One was a video of me signing my book “Attracting Customers for Life” that they won when I raffled it off during my presentation, and another video showing my short interview with them on “How Posting Pictures From Events Makes a Huge Impact”– I LOVE these two as I witnessed first hand how they moved around the room, connecting and engaging… they are masterful at this and we all have so much to learn from them!
Gemeem Davis, of www.MakeLifeWorkNow.com – who offers “Personal Development For Today’s Entrepreneur”, has recently joined us after traveling the world – immediately engaged with and took pride in the group! Gemeem has so much to offer especially in the personal development arena. She offers 3 special reports on her site, but the one that I know resonates with most of my subscribers is this: “My Reluctancy To Call Myself An Expert Taught Me A Lot”.
I see how these 5 amazing individuals truly walk their talk. They are out there engaging, contributing and adding value to us online. They have gifts for you and they’re not hiding those gifts and are opening their hearts for you to receive those gifts.
How about you? Are you engaging? What are your “rules of engagement”? If you’re not engaging, I want to know why not?
From my personal experience as well as what my clients share with me, here are the reasons – or shall we say, excuses – why people don’t engage. Do some of these resonate with you?
1) I don’t think what I have to share is valuable.
2) A lot of people are already talking about XYZ strategy, why should I talk about the same thing?
3) I don’t really know what to talk about.
4) I’m going to wait until I am clear on what my passion and offerings are.
5) I am really shy.
6) What if they don’t respond to my comment?
7) So many people are commenting on a post, I don’t want to comment and be bothered by all the notifications coming to my Inbox
8) I don’t know where to find valuable stuff to share.
9) If I share so and so’s stuff, my clients might go to him/her instead of me.
And last but not least, my “favorite” because it just doesn’t make sense:
10) I don’t have the time to build relationships online!
Okay, if you’re reading this, chances are those excuses don’t apply to you, right?
Just like Beth, Rowena, Pat, Lorna and Gemeem, I know you all are relational marketers, if not, you’re committed to becoming one and that’s why you’re here.
Engagement is just making a conscious decision everyday to connect with someone. It doesn’t have to take 3 hours to engage and connect… Some days I do it for 30 minutes, other days over 1 hour and some days, zero.
If you find yourself needing help in engaging more deeply online, come stay tuned for some announcements on my upcoming Webshows on EmmaTiebens.TV.
Engagement is going to be one of my topics, together with Encourage and Empower.
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Until Next Time…
I Am Cheering You On To Your Success!