Sunday, May 31, 2009

How to Become an Expert in Anything!

In my quest to become a Social Media coach I have discovered so much great stuff that it's mind-boggling! And, of course, all of it is totally addicting. I have about a million sites that I'd like to spend all day on.

Seriously, there is just so much great stuff on the internet and most of it's all available for free! We live in a great world of sharing the intelligence of the masses! Wanna know how to become an expert on something? Google it. As you scan the google results, you will undoubtedly come across a blog or a website that has additional links. You'll link to those and find more great stuff...maybe free tools or articles or ebooks or presentations. You'll find out that these people that are writing all this great stuff are on Facebook and Twitter or MySpace or Gather (or all of them). You'll befriend them and see that they have other friends that know a lot of other great stuff about whatever it is you wanted to know more about. And before you know it, you'll have spent the day hobnobbing with the experts. You'll be able to subscribe to newsletters and blogs. There are tools that will let you filter out new posts to different sites whenever the keywords appear for that topic you wanted to learn more about so you can get up-to-the-minute updates on whatever it is.

And even though, at the end of all of this, you may feel a little overwhelmed with the vast amount of knowledge available, it's an incredible feeling to know it's all out there! Not just the knowledge, but the people that want to talk about it! Cool stuff!

So pick your topic, do a google search, and have fun!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Finding A Job Using Social Media

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

Social Media Can Help You Solve Any Problem

With the recent news of the Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems I'm facing the possibility that I may be soon joining the ranks of the unemployed.

This isn't really the best time to be out looking for a new job, so I decided my backup plan would be to become a social media coach / consultant. I have accounts on Plaxo, LinkedIn, FaceBook, Twitter -- and a few more. I'm surprised by how many of my friends aren't on ANY of these sites. They poo-poo these tools, saying they don't have time for them. They think of Twitter users as narcisists who feel the need to Tweet about which breakfast cereal they eat. "Who cares?" they ask me.

Well, that's where I'll come in and tell them how social media is the next best thing since sliced bread (or at least since email.) I would venture to say ANY problem can be lessened (if not solved) thanks to the use of social media. If you're having a problem, chances are pretty good, someone else has had that problem and can help you with it. And there are just oodles of tools and experts out there -- now easier to find than ever, thanks to the power of the internet.

In my new social media guru capacity, my goal will be to regularly share a social media tip, trick, website, blog, or other cool idea. My first focus will be on how social media can help with finding a job.
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