I had one such opportunity this past week after I attended the NAIS Annual Conference in Philadelphia. After the conference I had five and half hours by myself during my drive back to Pittsburgh to reflect about the great presentations I had heard, the people I met, and the great time visiting with old and new friends.
It was during my time reflecting that I came away with three social media lessons that I’d like to share with you.
1. Keep Your Social Media Photos Current
I was fortunate to attend a number of different events while at the conference and more than once I was told that I didn’t look like my social media photo.
I learned two lessons from these encounters: 1. Right before a conference make sure to change your social media photos to one that is current and makes you easily recognizable 2. By changing your photo prior to the conference you’ll draw attention to your photo which should make you more recognizable.
2. Arrange Time To Connect With Social Media Friends
There are many reasons why I enjoy attending conferences but increasingly I enjoy these events because I get to meet social media friends for the first time in person. During the NAIS Annual Conference this year I got to connect to A LOT social media friends for the first time but there were a few people that I wanted to connect with but didn’t have the chance.
The lesson I learned is that if you want to connect with social media friends in person make sure to arrange a time and place in order to make it happen. A little effort on the front end will be worth it on the back end.
3. When You Connect Put Social Media Away
I mentioned that I got to meet A LOT of social media friends for the first time in person. While I’ve interacted on social media with them hundreds of times, have had numerous phone calls with them, and even Skyped with them – I’ve never been in the same room with them. Let me just say, it was great to meet in person. I’ve learned that to really get to know someone you need to be in their presence.
The lesson I learned is that when you finally get in the company of your social media friends make sure to put away the social media and technology and enjoy the company your with.
I once again learned many things from attending the NAIS Annual Conference and was not disappointed with the formal programming. However, it was upon reflection that I realized I learned my most valuable lessons from the time in between the formal sessions.
Question: Think back to the last conference you attended – can you share a lesson you learned that didn’t occur during the formal programming? Share your lessons in the comments section below…