Being online for the best part of my day makes me very accessible. That I am, of course. I'm open to engaging with reasonable people who take the time to engage with me and reasonable/respectful requests.
You cannot be expected to know what my settings are on which networks. If I don't give you a reference point, you will likely use your own settings as context. It's not fair to you, nor it is to me.
My overall philosophy about life -- and social networks participation is:
- speak clearly – the language of sincerity is focused and purposeful
- act appropriately to create prosperity and trust, making the best promises one can keep
- respect the purpose and values of the business and its people
Conversation Agent is my home base
That means this is the place where I share the most consistent flow of useful content, tips, ideas, reviews, conversations -- published fresh every day, except for Saturdays from day one.
I read all comments you make here, find out more about you, and respond in the comments and by email as appropriate.
My goal here is to be very focused on business, and help the community with the process of how we think about what we do. I value stories, experiences, key take away lessons, and interaction.
The best way to build a relationship with me, in the absence of face to face opportunities, is to learn with me here. This is also the best way to build relationships with others who comment here. You might have noticed that it's a very smart group of people, all up to great projects.
I just refreshed my Website, and I wanted to share it here so you have a direct link to booking me for a speaking engagement, or to discuss the needs of your business.
Google+ is my network away from home
While I share my posts on the profile account, I usually share my thinking about third party content, including the business and technology trends series of curated posts on the business page.
For the business page I share content that centers on doing meaningful business trade, taking control of your promises, and turning buyers into customers. As I wrote in my initial post there:
I help businesses think about what they do, using conversation to draw out the model for trade, identifying what is missing, and what is there.
Every day, we will take a look at the top stories and discuss how businesses take control of their promises and trade their brand asset.
Thank you for adding either or both accounts to your circle.
Twitter is where I share
While the blog is where I tend to think out loud and weave research and experience together, Twitter is where I share the original content and research by others and my own posts.
I read all the @ reply and engage in conversations as appropriate. The best way to get my attention here is to engage (and not pitch). Seems simple, yet it's often overlooked.
I'm on Twitter to stay connected with information, news, useful content, and interested people. If you're part of one of these categories, then we're connected. If we haven't come across each other, do introduce yourself.
Find several lists I created to help you connect with other professionals and peers in several categories. A great way to be helpful to me is by signaling who I might have missed for those lists, for example.
I also launched and hosted the Twitter chat -- kaizenblog. When I led them, they were high level, strategic sessions that aimed to help participants think together about their own business strategy. On chat days my Twitter traffic spiked. I have since passed the baton of that chat.
My message volume per day varies.
There is no right or wrong way of doing this stuff. Just what works for you.
Tools I use: Hootsuite on desktop and Hahlo and Tweedeck on my iPhone.
I also set up a separate Twitter account @valeriamaltoni, which only streams my blog upon receiving so many requests from people who don't use RSS readers and don't want to get emails.
On Facebook I use only the business page
If you'd like to connect with me and we haven't met, please use the Conversation Agent fan page.
I do put time and effort into building content on the blog fan page, engaging in conversations about that content, and getting to know people there. If you're looking for a way to get to know each other, that is a good place to start, in addition to my blog.
Whenever possible, I also bookmark and share events I will be speaking at or attending. Monitoring the events is a good way to find out when we might meet in person, or as they say, in real life (IRL).
For my Facebook profile, which I don't use much at all, I friend only people I've met.
I do not friend people from a different time, people I never met, or purely on social grounds -- the content I share and the conversations that ensue would have no relevance to those groups.
LinkedIn is for business connections
LinkedIn is probably the first social network I joined. Here I accept invitations from people I met and had the opportunity to connect with. The philosophy of business focus is very much alive here. That's how I have felt comfortable both requesting and giving business recommendations.
Scroll all the way down to contact settings and you will see I indicate I'm interested in:
- consulting offers
- new ventures
- expertise requests
- business deals
Any endorsement from me will be centered upon the specific project, time period, and circumstance of us working together. Honesty and transparency matter a great deal to me, not to mention credibility and trust -- none of which I take lightly.
Due to the large volume of email pitches I receive, I am unable to respond to every message.
Please, no pitches via Skype.
My use of other outposts also aligns with the overall philosophy of social network participation outlined at the beginning of this post.
Thank you for reading and for respecting it.