Using Twitter to Connect Authentically and Meaningfully

Using Twitter is a great way of connecting and building relationships. But it can be overwhelming to know who to follow and how to make meaningful connections with someone that you admire. I’d like to share some tips on how to move past the overwhelm so you can begin using Twitter authentically and meaningfully.

Here’s what I recommend:
1. Choose 10 people to “actively” follow. The 10 can be chosen as people who are:

  • Mentors
  • People you admire
  • Those you’ve recently connected with
  • Someone you met at an event
  • People in your industry
  • Local business owners

2. Use Hoot suite, Tweet Deck or Seesmic to manage this “column of people”. These tools allow you to simplify your Twitter viewing experience.

3. Take the time to really follow their links. See what they’re talking about and to whom they’re talking. Follow the links and the people and see where it leads you.

4. If they link to a blog, take the time to read it and if appropriate post on it. Then write the blog owner a tweet saying how much you enjoyed the blog and share what you learned.

5. Look for ways to provide connections and referrals.

6. Keep asking “how can I be of service and provide value?”

7. If you’ve really connected, take it offline. If they’re in your local area arrange to meet for coffee. If they live far away, pick up the phone and give them a call. Don’t hold back – people love it when you find them interesting!

Twitter at its best is about engaging and connecting meaningfully. Especially as entrepreneurs, who often work from home, I can’t overemphasize how important it is to be maximizing these resources as a way to expand your community.

If you’re new to Twitter and need tips to get started, please listen to a free call I hosted called Intro to Twitter.

Kim DeYoungGuest Blogger Kim DeYoung, the Get it Done Girl, is the founder of Get it Done U, the how-to resource for the busy entrepreneur. Kim inspires entrepreneurs through her training and coaching programs to get it done so they can create a meaningful, profitable and STRESS-FREE business.

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