The BIG Idea File: Uplevel your Social Media Relationships by Taking it Offline

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Social media has opened new doors for many work-at-home moms who simply don’t have the time to dedicate hours and hours to attending networking events every week. It means we can stay cozy in our pajamas and network with likeminded moms 24/7 without worrying about the need to take random breaks for a trip to the playground or when the baby wakes up early from her nap.

But sometimes you need to put on your business best, pull out the business cards and meet with people face to face. What social media and online networking doesn’t have is the ability to create a truly personal connection. It’s that intangible quality that comes from meeting live and in-person, exchanging stories and maybe even a hug or two.

Simple ways to take your online relationships offline

Telephone Call – The simplest way to step an online relationship up to the next level is to arrange a telephone chat. Yes, it’s not exactly like meeting face to face, but it’s a step up from typing.

Coffee Chat – If you are lucky enough to live in the same city, arrange a coffee chat or if you are comfortable with that person and your kids are about the same age, a play date.

Tweet-Ups – Attend local social media gatherings, or tweet-ups, to both connect with your current online friends and find others in your area who are active in social media.

Networking Groups – Find local networking groups that serve your market and commit to attending at least one event a month.

Conferences and Events – Combine networking and learning by attending regional or national conferences. If possible, arrive early and arrange a meet-up in advance to get to know your fellow attendees.

Now that you have met face-to-face, use social media to extend and continue the conversation. The easiest way to take the conversation back online is to thank the person in social media for the opportunity to meet with them.

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About Carla Young
Carla Young, MOMeoMagazine.com Publisher If there’s living proof that women can have it all – and then some – it’s Carla Young. Building her multiple businesses on a virtual work-at-home model, Carla is an inspiration to other mothers who want to start a lifestyle business. During her early days as a mom entrepreneur, Carla made every single mistake in the book (and a few new ones for good measure). Realizing that “doing it all” was unhealthy and unsustainable, Carla started by getting organized to the extreme, developing support systems for both her work and family. After other mothers started asking how they too could enjoy her lifestyle, Carla launched MOMeoMagazine.com to support moms at work, at home and at play (because every mommy deserves a little me-time)!

  • http://oneclutteredbrain.blogspot.com clutteredbrain

    Yes so TRUE!
    Social networking and meeting others OFF line is FUN too!!!
    That way when you tweet at them you know U R tweeting at a real person…

  • Anonymous

    Great post! I’m new to FL and had totally forgotten about checking to see if there are any TweetUps here in the area. Where I lived in WI was great about them with several a month as well as a few that were the same day at the same place on a regular schedule.

    Aside from the actual face to face that is so important to our overall “human” nature sometimes we just need to get out of those pj’s!

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