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Picking My Brain

A former manager offered to buy me lunch the other day, wanting to pick my brain about social media: blogging and Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn and whatnot.

So over pastrami sandwiches, I waxed poetic about social media and transparency and encouraging conversation and forming relationships with people first and not pushing a sales message and being authentic online, offering solutions instead of hiding information.  I was eloquent, I was thorough.  I used metaphors and grand hand gestures. 

And at the end, wiping the crumbs from my hands, I sat back and watched her digest the plethora of wisdom that I had offered.

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“So,” she says.  “We should just treat people online the same way we treat them in real life?”

“Um, yeah.”

I think I just got condensed into a fortune cookie.

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Kelley Koehler, aka the Housechick, is usually found focused on her Tucson, Arizona, real estate business. You may also find her on Twitter, where she doubles as a super hero, at Social Media Training Camp, where she trains and coaches people on how to integrate social media into successful business practices, or at, a collection of all things housechick-ish. Despite her engineering background, Kelley enjoys translating complex technical concepts into understandable and clear ideas that are practical and useful to the striving real estate agent.



  1. Mack

    September 17, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Thanks for the laugh Kelley.

  2. Kim Wood

    September 17, 2008 at 7:13 am

    But that fortune cookie is so true!!! And you are a wonderful example of it Kelley! Fun to read – fun to twitter with – and the little time I’ve spent with you in person…. *FUN* !!!

  3. tony - vidlisting

    September 17, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Makes me wonder how the trolls treat people in real life.. 🙂

  4. Vance Shutes

    September 17, 2008 at 8:30 am


    Ah, to have the essence of a full conversation distilled to a fortune cookie line. THAT is writing!

  5. Jay Thompson

    September 17, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Makes me wonder how the trolls treat people in real life..

    No kidding!

  6. ines

    September 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    OMG!! I’m still laughing! that’s a CLASSIC!

  7. Thomas Johnson

    September 18, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Too rich!

  8. Missy Caulk

    September 18, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Kelly, ROFLMHO…. we do make it hard don’t we?

  9. Jeff Dowler

    September 22, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Excellent. Short and to the point. I am going to refer to this in my intro blogging class on Thursday. Who says blogging is complicated?

  10. Bill Lublin

    September 23, 2008 at 3:10 am

    I knew you were sweet – but a cookie?

  11. Jeff (I'm a people person) Turner

    September 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    And you say you’re not a people person. Right. 🙂

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