It’s about elevating community and saying thank you. When we are little we learn “Please and Thank You”.Our parents drill it into us. Television shows reinforce the lessons, so do our teachers at school. Laying a foundation of manners is vital in child development in order for them to grow into good people, right? Well, that very same foundation should also be a part of our business platform. Sometimes we forget the importance of saying “thank you” in our professional social media World. Oh sure we say “please buy this” or “please go to that” and “please like me”, but do we say proper “thank you’s” once our community does what we ask? Even more important, do we say “thank you” when they participate without any prompts…show gratitude for loyalty…for just showing up? It is very easy to be so focused on generating the future that we miss praising the present. But in truth they aren’t mutually exclusive. A “thank you” goes a long way.
This lesson is reinforced for me every time I hear my friend Ramon DeLeon speak. He is all about the “thank yous”. He’s the king of video thank yous in fact. And he desn’t just stop at ‘thank yous”, Ramon is all about elevating and supporting his community, your community, my community…the World really. To have him as a friend is to have your own personal cheerleader, pumping you up at every turn. I experienced that in full color today at the Disney Social Media Moms conference. Ramon worked me into his dynamic presentation so many times I actually blushed. He wasn’t plugging me for a return, he was sharing his love of what I do simply because he believes in me. But that’s Ramon, genuine to his core. It would never occur to him not to mention others by name in his own speech, because he knows what I truly believe, “shinning a light on others does not cast a shadow on you, instead it bathes everyone in a glow of friendship and humility.” Social media is the perfect place for all of us to exercise our manners, showing love and respect for members of our community that deserve our attention and support. Just like Ramon. In fact I am thanking Ramon in a way he is utterly familiar with; a youtube video. Why? Because he WOWs me every day with his unconditional friendship.
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