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In Social Media, it’s All About Connecting With Others

voicesofglory (2)During the month of October, when I have been teaching on Social Media, I have been starting the class with an interesting exercise.

I ask everyone to think of something unique about themselves that maybe people don’t know and write it on the back of their name placard. I always add, “nothing kinky” just to protect myself. Then I ask them to share it with the person next to them. After they do that for about a minute, they break in groups of 5 or 6 and share with the group. The group then picks the most interesting and then we go through the room and hear about all the amazing people they have met.

I have met, self taught knife throwers, women who take in 8 children and adopt them, people who climbed Mt. Everest, a Betty Crocker Bake Off Winner and this past Friday I met the grandmother of the “Voices of Glory.” You know the amazing three young adults who placed fifth in “America’s Got Talent 2009.” This wonderful woman allowed me to take a photo with her, she is a real estate agent in Newburgh, New York with Key Properties. Sadie Stanley is a proud grandmother indeed!

My talent? I am an expert Jewish Folk Dancer. You bring me to any wedding I will make you proud.

What happened in the class when we did this? A lot of laughing, noise and a pretty difficult time to get everyone back. But, then an amazing thing happened when I had the groups debrief what they learned.  The consensus was that now that they knew someone a little bit better, they might just want to work with them.

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Social Media – it’s all about connecting online, off line, letting people know who you are so when they meet you in person they find out they already know you.

Next time I see you, if you ask,  I will teach you the hora!

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Amy is a national technology speaker who can inspire, train and help people implement technology strategies into their business. To find out about her training, coaching or webinars visit her website at



  1. Frances Flynn Thorsen

    October 31, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Forget the hora, I still do not know how to polka! Did you ever meet a 57-year-old Polish woman who cannot polka. Sad 8-(

  2. Ken Brand

    October 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    That’s how a PRO explains it. Nice!

  3. Gail Hartnett

    November 2, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I love the Hora…..makes me miss my East Coast weddings….

  4. Fred Romano

    November 2, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Was great meeting you on Friday in that training. – Fred

  5. Ann Cummings

    November 2, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    GREAT explanation and it really is all about CONNECTING!! Have loved connecting with you and looking forward to seeing you in San Diego next week! 😉

  6. SteveBeam

    November 3, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Fun post. I think we all wonder what the people we are sitting around or talking to are really like and what made them who they are.

  7. Krista Johnson

    November 6, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I have heard Amy at WCR events. Great speaker and timely information. I think every business is personal and taking 5 minutes to get to know people in a large group setting makes them feel connected to each other.
    Here’s a 90 second video to get to know me!

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