I recently started using the hashtag #TwitterTwist for lessons and ideas inspired by tweets other people made. Here are some of the first of these:

  • Want to expand your perspectives on social media? Try explaining it to someone who isn't active in it. I've done various presentations and one-on-one conversations on social media recently with people who aren't very (if at all) active in it. Having to justify its value and dissect strategies for getting started really forces you to be on top of your game.
  • Read your jargon-filled email/memo/report. If it were written without jargon, how much clearer could it be? Jargon is the bane of modern business speech. Want to get rid of it in your own language? Check out "Why Business People Speak Like Idiots."
  • Don't watch the clock when talking with cherished friends & loved ones. Others things will wait. When you're with the important people in your life, stop the clock. Pay attention to them, not to how much time you're spending or to other things going on around you. They'll appreciate it. And you'll be a better person for it.
  • Recall how often the first time you did something turned out surprisingly well. Get over your apprehensions. This one's a challenge since I spend a lot of planning time thinking about all the bad things needing to be planned around. You too? Let's make a pact to visualize the best possible outcome and make it happen! - Mike Brown