Are You the Friend Who Never Shuts Up?
You know who I’m talking about: that friend who makes you wince whenever you see them pop up on your phone, or makes you dread social events that you know they’re going to be at. They’re like Jake’s friend Venpuia who never shuts about himself, and doesn’t pay attention to a single word you say.
Yes, I was becoming a Jakepuia on social media. I was getting too absorbed in my own stuff, only caring about how many people viewed my posts and shared them with others. Scheduling posts on Facebook and Twitter, and not even looking at the timeline to see what other people were sharing.
Meanwhile, I was missing out on all the fantastic content that others were posting, and also missing out on developing relationships with these like-minded content creators.
Communication is 50% listening, 50% talking
The number one tip in the Social Media Examiner article “6 ways to become likeable with social media” is to “listen and never stop listening”.