There is a time in everyone’s life where they feel a little weird around other people. That is true as kids on the playground and it’s also true as adults on social media.
Think about the most successful and out going person you know. They have felt anxiety about public speaking, content writing, and engaging on social media too.
The difference between that person you just thought of and most of us isn’t always confidence. A lot of people go on to be very successful and well-known without having the most confidence in the world.
I’m not saying that you don’t need confidence because that couldn’t be further from the truth. What I am saying is you can build confidence like any other important life-skill.
People do things despite a lack of confidence because they have others reasons driving them. A person with a good enough reason will do what they feel they have to do to accomplish their goals. Some people will compromise everything to get what they want.
You don’t have to do that and I’m not trying to give you anymore anxiety about engaging on social media. My goal with this article is provide some clarity on what to expect when you dive in to the world of social media networking. I also want you to know you can build a massive amount of skills, including confidence with the right mindset and drive.
Ten things to know going into social media networking
- You’re opening yourself up to the world when you start networking on social media. You don’t know who really is on the other side of the screen.
- Everyone steals everything. Expect people to take your ideas and plagiarize your content if it’s good. Don’t let it stop you from sharing more.
- Some people aren’t going to like you no matter what you do. There are people that will hate your strength, views, or vibes. Some people are just unhappy and hurting. Don’t take it personally.
- Shut down gossip ASAP. Remember, people that gossip to you will gossip about you.
- People are going to be really quick to judge you. In fact, some people will judge everything about you without ever meeting you or reading your content. (Those are the people that didn’t shut down the gossip)
- There is little value in worrying about what other people are doing so don’t do it. A lot of people get caught up in what the Jones are doing, but fail to realize they don’t know the real story behind the social media posts.
- Real relationships take a while to build so pay attention to people love-bombing too quickly. Don’t be too quick to tell answer questions about your personal life or goals.
- Practice win-win networking & marketing. Social media success comes down to views and engagement. Writing or sharing good content is always the best way to grow online. Win-win relationship building is a close second.
- Prepare to mess up in a variety of ways. Don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake. Social media networking should be fun and rewarding. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Actions beat dreams so always be moving. Like any career, you have to put in the work to make things happen. No one will build your following for you.
Final thoughts on social media networking for beginners
I wrote this little article because I was new at social media networking not too long ago. It would have been great if someone gave me a little warning about some of these things. I hope these tips can help you or someone you know avoid pitfalls and time-wasters.
Social media networking should be fun and rewarding, but we can also be our own worst enemies. Follow the people that look like they know what they’re doing and question everything. It’s OK to ask questions, just respect people’s times and be thankful for any help you get.
Save your mental energy for personal growth, relationship building, and expanding your creativity. Be mindful of what people are saying about you, but don’t let harsh criticism ruin your day.