by Guest Blogger, Lena West, Chief Social Media Strategist at xynoMedia
No rants this week...nothing but blue skies, smiles and rainbows (literally!)...
I spent this past weekend speaking at IZEAFest in sunny, beautiful Orlando. The weather was fabulous and although I was mall-hopping with my friend (Sorry SLACKERS [my team's name]) when IZEAHunt (IZEAFest's version of a scavenger hunt) and the IZEA cake plow was going on, I had an absolute BLAST.
And, as usual, I learned a few things about people - especially other "business" women (when it becomes available, watch the video footage of the panel I was on at the conference - Social Networking - and you'll see what I mean!)...
- People hear what they want to hear no matter what I say. It does not matter one iota how I phrase things, people think that what I say about myself and my actions means I think they should act how I act and do what I do. When that happens, I personally think it's their own insecurity talking for them.
- People assume they know everything about you just because they've read your bio and you're on stage. If you don't know the flavor, stay out of the Kool-Aid. Gosh, how must Oprah feel?
- People take things REALLY, REALLY personally if you disagree with them. A word of advice, if this is you (and it used to be me), read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz now if not sooner.
- I really, really like Merlin Mann's style. He's what's up. (Sorry for the blurry pic, Merlin.)
I've said it before, and I'll repeat it again: If you understand sociology, you'll understand social media. I'm always interested to see how much of what I know about people translates directly to the social media jet set.
And, oh, yeah...the rainbow...
My friend and I were buying down the mall. We were on the way from one mall to another and I look out of the window and see this GORGEOUS full-on rainbow (at one point it was a double rainbow). I snapped a pic. When was the last time you've seen a TRUE rainbow in the sky? Life is good.