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I studied in an all-girls school for a good part of my early formal education. Like any school kid of the 1980’s and 1990’s era in India, I had my share of learning, studies, sports, co-curricular activities, mischief, memorable moments, childhood / school experiences, life lessons and fun in equal measure – just that it did not involve “the boys”, and that did not really make a difference. Honestly, I did not know it any other way :). Consequently, my “good / best friends” were mostly girls (And some of them are my best friends even to this date. Yes! Our friendship dates to another era!). Of course, I did interact with boys / men in the family and friends network, but then there is an implicit line drawn somewhere (like an invisible “Lakshman Rekha”), and so those experiences are usually somewhat pleasant and civil. When I passed out of school, I enrolled into a co-education school. That started my “real journey” with the “multifaceted opposite sex”. Looking back, my life has never really been the same again!! . Ah! I miss those “girlie school days”, and I also realized the importance and power of the “bonds of sisterhood” much much later.
See here’s the thing | When girls and boys connect, communicate, interact and (try to) co-exist, it is a whole new world. Things which were ignored suddenly come to limelight, things which were irrelevant suddenly become relevant, things which you were never conscious about suddenly become the center of your universe, things which never needed to be “filtered” need to be “filtered”, things which were never really important become critical to your existence, and things which never defined you become your defining moments.
Anyways, coming back to my own life – The next few years revolved around education, career, family, marriage and motherhood. And like most average people, I’ve had my share of good, bad and ugly in all of this. And as with most women who go through all these life experiences, I let-go of many of my girlfriends along the way. It was not intentional, purely incidental / circumstantial. Career, work life balance, travel, people residing in all parts of the world, lack of time, conflicting interests, changing priorities, etc. etc. etc. So before I knew it I found myself in my 30’s and wondering who my friends really are!
Thanks to technology and the Social Media revolution, I was able to re-connect with many of my girlfriends from the past. The good thing is that you have a foundation and base to build on, and you can take off from where you left. But the not-so-good thing is that you have all changed, and there may be a fundamental difference in your thoughts, perspectives and outlook to life. The other not-so-good thing is that you are almost always worried if she will judge you, and how much you can trust her. Anyways girls / women are (in)famous for keeping secrets right?
Sometime in 2010 on my journey to motherhood, I also started my journey as a writer and blogger – Simply because I needed a canvas to express myself. A canvas for my words – Words which stemmed from dreams, thoughts, observations, analysis, learning’s, conversations, view-points, outlook, views, emotions, perspectives, achievements, mistakes, failures, lessons learned, comprehensions, experiences and conclusions. Along the way, I realized that I enjoyed blogging as it was a creative outlet for my thoughts, emotions and energies, and continued to blog more. As any blogger did / does, I stressed and fretted about readership, reach, pageviews, etc. and as a solution, I embraced Twitter and FaceBook to promote my blogs. Nothing really significant, but just figuring out the tricks of the trade. And of course the usual lingering around (which by the way takes a whole lot of precious time!). A “hello” here, “You look fabulous” there. And of course, those moments which social media leaves you with. Sometimes moments of wonder at how much people have changed. Sometimes moments of awe at how far others have come. Sometimes moments of admiration at how successful and powerful some of my buddies are. Sometimes moments of joy to see and share a slice of someone else’s life. Sometimes moments of jealousy at how happy some people appear to be! And sometimes just to flow through the passage time and make the moment count (or not!?). I go through the whole range of human emotions over a span of few minutes. The unanticipated benefit of all my Twitter / FaceBook activity is that it connected to several like-minded, intelligent, interesting and diverse woman who were slowly and surely creating an impact and making a difference in their sphere of influence.
Sometime in 2013, I got invited to be part of some FaceBook groups / communities. I accepted the invitation. Honestly I did not know what to expect. It took me a while to understand the protocols of interaction, the reach, the impact and the power of these communities. I don’t know why and how, but what followed were invitations to some elite and exclusive “women only” social communities. Many of these are “secret / closed groups” where the membership is “by invitation only”. They typically include women who have common interests / beliefs or experiences (for e.g.: motherhood in general, working mothers, women in business, mompreneurs, etc.). And that opened a whole new world for me, changed my perspective of life and has been a transformational life experience.
Here’s what I learned | A woman speaking in public is one thing, and a woman speaking behind closed doors is something else. You have to experience it to know what I mean.
To be honest when I first joined some of these communities, I was pleasantly shocked! Shocked to see the honesty with which women spoke up, shocked at how freely women shared deeply private and personal stories of strength, courage, conviction and trials, shocked to see the support women extended to each other in times of lows / crisis, shocked at the positivity and energy amidst the community, shocked at the way the owners nurtured / propelled the group towards specific causes, shocked at the larger good many of these groups were doing / further aimed to do, shocked at how unknown names and faces stood up for each other to assist and guide women through all that life threw at them.
Being a member of these communities has been an invaluable learning experience for me. Over time, I realized that I enjoyed the interactions, the learning, the friendships and bonds that were fostered and also the intellectual stimulation that these communities provided.
See here’s the next thing | There is that special something about an “all-girls network”. If you’re / you’ve ever been part of one, you’ll know what I mean. Suffice to say, today I swear by the “bonds of womanhood”. I know that the “old boys clubs / bad boys gangs / dirty old men groups” have been around from time immemorial. But as of today, I’d bet that the “Only Woman” social networks are here to stay. This is where the power lies. This is where ideas are exchanged. This is where inspiration is drawn from . This is where the thoughts are influenced. This is where it all comes together!
I have nothing personal against boys / men really; after all I am what I am partly because of all the men in my life. Just that with time I’ve come to acknowledge, appreciate and accept that men and women are wired differently. So,
(1) There are some things which only girls / women will listen to
(2) There are some things which only girls / women will acknowledge
(3) There are some things which only girls / women will understand
(4) There are some things which only girls / women will know
(5) There are some things which only girls / women will accept
(6) There are some things which only girls / women will embrace
(7) There are some things which only girls / women will counsel on
(8) There are some things which only girls / women can sympathize with
(9) There are some things which only girls / women can empathize with
And because there will almost always be those some things which are exclusive to women, therein lies the need for “Only Women” Social Networks. And these social networks are important because they provide a forum for women to
* Share what they are really thinking – However good, bad or ugly! It is the real deal!
* Share what they are really feeling deep down
* Share a real-life personal context / situation and ask for advice / suggestions / inputs
* Just express the highs and lows of what life throws at you and get a quick hug, snug, nag or niggle here and now; Real-time interaction is the key
* Share to a group of women who make you feel that you are not alone
* Share with a group of spirited woman and hear the words “It is OK. This too shall pass”
* Just get it all out and in some ways feel free and liberated!
It warms my heart to see women sharing, collaborating, nurturing, supporting, advising, mentoring and just being there for each other through the journey of life.
In all that I’ve seen as a part of my own life, I strongly believe that for any one person to blossom, flower and flourish (man / woman), there has to be (somewhere in the generational family tree) at least ONE resilient woman who nurtured / supported / guided and believed in him / her. (Of course a lot more things play their part too – divine grace, luck, hard work, passion, focus, ecosystem support, timing,. but that one woman would have made all the difference)
And for any woman to be that “resilient woman” she needs support. Not every time, every day. But during that one vulnerable moment which can break / make her. And it is in that one vulnerable moment that the “Only Women” Social Networks help a woman cross the chasm. And for only that one reason, I conclude by saying that these “Only Women” Social Networks are powerful networks. These networks are definitely a harbinger of positive change and have the potential for global transformation. They are real, and here to say!!!
That’s what I had to say. Would love to hear your views. Leave a comment to let me know
“Just DO Social”
Almost all marketers hear these directives in today’s day and age..
As a marketer and a social media lover, if I had to summarize what Social Media Marketing really translates into it is this | Effectively leveraging Social Media channels (in which your existing / potential customers are present on) for your Marketing objectives which in turn aligns with your organizational startegy and business vision
The thing about Social Media Marketing is that knowing and understanding it in theory, and learning by experience (yours and others) is critical to your success and what you achieve.
In this post, I am sharing 9 Social Media Articles which I have recently read, and thought they were truly a treasure in terms of providing valuable information on Social Media Marketing.
What are the best articles you’ve read on Social Media Marketing? Leave a comment to let me know
Blogging has become a very integral part of my daily life. Every single day, at least 30 minutes is invested in the world of blogs, and that’s probably one of the best investments I’ve made so far.
Here’s the thing I love reading and writing blogs, simply because they can enrich your life in a zillion different ways. Blogs can take you to place you never knew existed, connect you with people who can transform your life and just make life so worthwhile and complete – if you’re a blogger you’d probably understand what I mean. As they say “Babies make the world go round” .. Well, “Babies and Blogs make my world go round and just about everywhere I want to go”
In this post, I am sharing my favorite blogs – Blogs which I follow closely, which I read regularly, which make my day complete and which make my world go round!
So without any further ado, sharing below a list of Nischala’s TOP-ular blogs which I recommend you visit at least once.
Undoubtedly, one of the BEST blogs that I have discovered in the blog-o-sphere. I’ve been following Leo’s blog for years now, and I still love it! Every single post is a “treasure”, and based on his real-life journey and personal transformation. What I love about Leo’s writing is this – Simplicity, Honesty and the fact that he writes from personal experiences. The choice of topics he writes about is very relevant and important in anyone’s life. So no matter what, I do make sure that I take (or make) time to read his blogs regularly. And if there is only ONE blog that I can recommend for you to follow, it would be this. It has changed my writing, thinking and life in so many positive ways. It can possibly do the same to you also. So do stop by the blog. Along which his writing, I have deep respect and admiration for Leo due to his personal life transformation.
Change is integral to human life and our own personal journey, and Peter’s blog focuses on how people have dealt with change in their life. The posts are usually from guest authors, and are based on personal real-life experiences. There is usually a powerful take-away from most of the posts – In terms of how individuals have dealt with specific situations where “change” played a critical role. Definitely worth reading to get tips, suggestions or insights into how people deal with / have dealt with changes in their life
I love this blog and as the blog says “Raw, honest wisdom from the awesome school of life to brighten up your day”. That’s the sum and substance of this blog and it always leaves me with food for thought! Hop over and check it out
The Buffer Blog BY the Buffer team
I’m crazy about the quality content they put up, the level of detail and the kind of topics chosen. I am almost always in awe with the thoroughness with which they research a topic and simplicity with which they write (And most of the writers are in their 20’s!). Amazing stuff! Just as a primer, the blog mentions that they are “A blog about productivity, life hacks, writing, user experience, customer happiness and business.” All topics are personally relevant to me, and I guess relevant to you too, right? Check them out today, and that is the path-way to a treasure!
Seth’s Blog BY Seth Godin
Who does not know Seth Godin? As a marketer, I look up to him. As an author, I respect him. As a blogger, I totally admire and respect him (And I love his blog!). One, he posts EVERY SINGLE day! Two, his posts are short, like really short (I simply enjoy reading short posts). Lastly, every single post is immensely profound. I’ve come to believe that the most difficult writing is when you can say lots in as few words as possible, and Seth is the guru in that! I’ve yet to come across any other blogger who does this with such finesse. You can read his post in about 2 – 3 minutes, and spend the next 2 hours mulling over what he meant!
Chris Bogan BY Chris Bogan
I stumbled upon Chris’s blog after I read his epic post titled “106 Excuses that prevent you from ever becoming great”. And have been a loyal follower ever since. Chris writes about a wide range of topics from marketing and sales and service. He almost always focuses on how better to connect with people, which is one of the main reasons I love his blog!
Michael Hyatt : Intentional Leadership BY Michael Hyatt
One of the best blogs on Personal Development, Leadership, Productivity and Publishing. Michael writes regularly, writes from his wealth of real-life experiences, writes on a range of topics which are personally relevant to me, uses several media (podcasts, videos, etc.) and more importantly, there is phenomenal “value” that I gain from every single post – Either I learn something new or there is food for thought or I get an idea for my next blog post
I love photography blogs, and it amazes me how much talent is out there really, and how beautiful nature is, and how wonderful human moments and memories are! Every single picture screams a million words. Needless to say, I love the magic created by a camera. Sheer beauty!
Daily Dose of Imagery BY Sam Javanrouh
Pixel Candy BY Thomas Bonin
Here and Now BY Cyril Bays
Hop over for a visual treat.
COOKING and CULINARY DELIGHTS Blogs
Cooking is a creative form of expression, and I have a special fondness for people who can dish up a culinary delight. This emotion magnifies even more if they cook exclusively for me :). The thing about cooking blogs is that they usually combine two complementary skills – Cooking and Photography. And with these, a vast majority of blogs can tease and please almost all your senses! (yes! Sometimes when I see a photo I can imagine the ‘smell’ too
My Diverse Kitchen BY Aparna
Archana’s Kitchen BY Archana
Saffron Trail BY Nandita Iyer
I’m not saying why I like them. Hop over and see for yourself
And as I sign off, I’m sharing 5 of my all-time favorite blog posts (I’ve lost track of the number of times I have read these.) . Needless to stay, they’ll always be with me!
What I Learned About Networking When I Asked a Stranger for a Kidney 36 Things I Want My Daughter to Always Remember The YOU MATTER Manifesto 106 Excuses that prevent you from ever becoming great Extinguishing the tantrum cycle
I won’t hold you any longer. HOP, JUMP and Click-Over to these TOP-ular Blogs. And after that, I’d love to know your favorite blog, or blog post. Do leave a comment
So its a new year! The time when everyone embarks on all new things
New Year Resolutions
New Year Wishes
New Year Changes
Well, as I mulled over what I’ll be doing here on my blog, the one thing that I was clear that I would continue to write..
So, how frequently will I post?
Once a week
And when will I publish a post?
Every Thursday at 3 PM IST
So what will I be blogging about?
Well.. The focus will continue to be on areas of professional interest which range from Marketing, Social Media, Leadership, Innovation, Strategy and Business.
So is there a specific plan for the postings?
Week 1 of the month – A post on Social Media
Week 2 of the month – A post on Marketing
Week 3 of the month – A post on Leadership
Week 4 of the month – A post on Innovation / Strategy / Business
Will I do anything different this year on my blog?
Well, there will be a few surprises along the way. So wait and watch.. And do follow my blog to know what these surprises are!
Till then, continue reading..
And LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE
Its one life to LIVE
Happy New Year 2014…
A while back I had written a post titled “What is your personal legacy?”. The post was well received and shared in good numbers on all Social Media networks, and also generated some interesting discussions and conversations – Both online and offline.
But after the post was published, I felt something was incomplete in my post. I couldn’t really put a finger on what, but I knew that I had missed something. During one such pensive and quiet moment, I got it!
Looking around me, I realized that a vast majority of us spend significant amount of our daily time online – especially on Social Media platforms [Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Pinterest, etc]. So would it not be relevant to plan to leave a legacy of your Social Media presence? Or in other words – Your very own Social Media Legacy?
After all, bottom line “Social Media” is really about 3 things:
1) Knowledge / Collective Knowledge / Wisdom / Collective Wisdom – of an individual / community / world at large
2) Thoughts / Ideas which stem from confusion, consciousness, creativity, co-relation, collaboration, comprehension – of an individual / community / world at large
3) Interactions / Communities / Relationships and Networks – between individuals / communities / world at large
10 or possibly 50 years from now, one’s “Social Media Legacy” will be an integral (even legally perhaps) and important part of one’s personal legacy.
So if you’re wondering what exactly you’re Social Media Legacy could comprise of. Here are a few examples:
- A Blog – Which is really a canvas for words. Words which stem from dreams, thoughts, observations, analysis, learning’s, conversations, view-points, outlook, views, emotions, perspectives, achievements, mistakes, failures, lessons learnt, comprehensions, experiences and conclusions. And that sums up the lives of most of us, doesn’t it?
Would it not be worthwhile to share such a memoir as a part of your personal legacy?
- A Twitter profile – Which is really be a collection of thoughts, observations, viewpoints, perspectives, interesting data / facts / figures / news / quotes / articles / compilations / readings..
Would it not be worthwhile to share such a collection as a part of your personal legacy?
- A Pinterest Board – Which is really a compilation of world-class / interesting / favorite pictures or photos on a specific topic(s) of personal interest.
Would it not be worthwhile to share such a compilation as a part of your personal legacy?
Whom you leave your Social Media Legacy for is a personal choice. And how much they will value it, only time will tell
But here’s what’s important – If you are serious about leaving behind a Social Media Legacy, plan for it today; and work objectively on it in the years to come. After all, you are spending so much time on a daily basis on Social Media channels, so is it not worthwhile to channelize your efforts in a structured way?
Hopefully, sometime in the future (say 10, 20 or 50 years from now), you would have built a rich Social Media Estate. One which will be of value to the next generation!
On that note, Good Luck in creating your Social Media Legacy!
Do you think your Social Media Legacy will be an integral part of your personal legacy sometime in the future? Leave a comment to let me know…
“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” BY Bob Proctor
When I became a first-time mother my career gears shifted. Having been on top gear for about a decade, I quickly recognized that as a working mother “I have to switch gears for some time.” First, I was on maternity leave. Personally, this in itself was a big change to deal with because my professional identity was a big part of “Who” or “What?” I was, and “How” my every day was organized. Second, when I resumed work, my priority was the “elusive work life balance” which most working mothers “aspires or strives for”. These two factors drove a lot of the career choices and decisions I made at that phase of my life. And these choices and decisions did come with their own pros and cons; which affected both my professional and personal life.
Today, as I look back to connect the dots – I can say that I am happy with the choices and decisions I made. And thankfully, they were possible due to the role played by a few “trusted mentors” who provided the much need ear and advise when I was going through phases of change, dealing with uncertainty, or just unsure about myself / things! I’ve been fortunate to have a couple of mentors as a part of my career journey – They primarily included my father, my husband, ex-managers at work and a couple of close well-wishers / advisors.
So here is the first fact | From my own career journey, I can say that having a “real mentor” can make an ocean of difference in the life and career of women.
And here’s the second fact | The sad reality is that many women leaders have never really had mentors ; and so they don’t know what it means to have one or what difference a mentor can make in your life
At the outset, let’s try to define who exactly is a “Mentor”?
- Is a listener; and a good one
- Is non-judgmental
- Has your best long term interests in mind
- Who truly understands a personal context / situation
- Is experienced to handle a diverse set of “real-life” issues
- Is neutral and balanced in views, outlook and perspective
- Has the maturity to act as a trusted guide, confidant, counselor, adviser
- Does not have any personal motives / gains from the interaction / mentorship
- And specifically in the case of women, has some insights / understanding / appreciation of the “unique challenges” that women could possibly undergo in their career journey
Agreed that the above list may not be exhaustive, but if you can find someone who qualifies in the above, he / she can potentially be your mentor.
And how can a mentor make a difference in your life?
- By listening – to your thoughts, emotions, questions and the dilemma at hand
- By helping you acknowledge and recognize that phases of change / transition are only “temporary” (For e.g.: As a new mother tending 24 X 7 to the needs of your baby, it is so easy to wonder if that’s how your life is going to be – forever! During one such phase, what made a difference was when one of my mentors told me that “Children will not remain babies forever”. Logically, I knew this! But when you a first-time mother, it is almost impossible to look beyond your little world!)
- By enabling you to accept what is in your control, and what is beyond your control
- By compelling you to think about possibilities, choices and alternatives
- By suggesting options / alternatives in a logical and balanced view taking a holistic and long term view of the issue
- By helping you reach a decision; and take responsibility for the decision
- By extending support, as applicable/ feasible to execute and live the decision
Looking back at my own career journey and in interactions with other women leaders, I can definitely say that there are few milestones which impact / influence the career choices a woman makes. And during these phases, having a “mentor” can truly make all the difference:
- Career Role Transitions: Taking up a new role which is very different from her current / past line of work (for e.g.: A move from Project Management to Marketing, A move from a customer facing project to internal support project, etc.) either due to personal choice / personal circumstance
- Career Breaks due to personal priorities and commitments. For e.g.: Marriage, Raising children, Spouse transfer / re-location, Tending to ailing parents, Personal health issues, Personal emergencies, etc.
- Career Shifts : Moving from an IT job to becoming an entrepreneur
- Career Exits : Decisions to not pursue an active career for a finite / infinite time duration – either by choice or lack of choice
Call for Action – Here’s what you can do here and now?
- If you’re a women and at a crucial point in your career, try to find a mentor who can help / guide / advice you. Sometimes, we fail to recognize that people around us can be very good mentors (For e.g. Parents / spouse / friends / family). If only we speak up, share and listen – It can really make a difference
- If you’re a leader in a position of influence, play the role of an active mentor – It can change someone’s career and life!
In conclusion, some food for thought
- Are enough leaders playing the role of mentors – especially for women?
- Are mentor’s more important / significant in a women’s career?
- Are successful women leaders mentoring other women – either within the organization or as part of the industry ecosystem?
Would like to hear your views on the subject. Leave a comment to let me know
Looking back at my Twitter journey, I can say that in 2013 I have been more active on Twitter than ever before. While I did not start the year with any grand plans on objectives of what I wanted to accomplish, I definitely wanted to be more active..
Along the way, Twitter has helped me in several ways. In this blog, I am listing the 10 ways in which Twitter made a DIFFERENCE
(1) Connected me with some amazing individuals – Yes! I’ve connected with some fantastic individuals on Twitter – People who I would never have been able to connect with. People who are “great thinkers”, people from whom I learn so much and people who inspire me with their words. And to all of them, a BIG THANK YOU!
(2) Enabled me to learn continuously – If there is one social media platform through which I have learned about topics / areas that were of interest to me, it was through Twitter. To my advantage, I was very specific about my learning objectives and goals, and hence was very particular about whom I follow – In most cases, the very BEST in their respective niches. And if you follow the masters, you can be sure to learn – provided you are a diligent student
(3) Improved written communication skills (specially brevity) – Improvement in written communication is a priority for any one who writes. And personally, brevity has not been a strength for long. However, ever since I became active on Twitter – I was challenging myself (repeatedly) to come to the core of what I wanted to communicate. A year of practice later – I can definitely say that I am much better today. The real-life testimonial is that most meeting I usually chair mostly end before time :). As someone at work said, “You are so clear and concise, always conveying only the relevant information! – That’s definitely a feather in my cap
(4) Research – One of the most important activities as a part of my work involves research. And Twitter is a great repository to get real-time access to quality information on any topic. The two ways I get information are through Hashtag search, and by following the Gurus in a specific area of interest. Research time has reduced significantly ever since I started to use Twitter.
(5) Brought a smile to my face – On many a gloomy day, if there was one thing which brought a smile to my face it was Twitter. A joke or a witty comment or a compliment or a surprise DM from a kind soul – All brought a smile to my face. And it made a difference!
(6) Provided generous doses of inspiration – Quotes always inspire me. And starting off my day by reading an inspirational quote from the wise and learned and experienced has set the right tone and mood for my days. I look forward to getting my dose of quotes from Twitter. In addition, reading motivational and inspirational writings through shared links on Twitter was an added bonus!
(7) Platform to share my writings – One of the most important benefits for me as a blogger was that Twitter was a great platform to share my writings. It gave me real-time reach to a global audience : people who would probably never have read my content otherwise!
(8) Log for the incessant chatter of the mind – In hindsight, one of the most important benefits of using Twitter is that it was a log for the incessant chatter of my mind. A lot of ideas, thoughts and realizations keep buzzing around continuously. Once I started logging it on Twitter, my mind was a lot clearer. Decision making improved. Concentration improved. My productivity improved. My sleep improved – That’s a lot of good things !
(9) Topics / Ideas to Blog About – One of the challenges for most bloggers is to find the next thing to write about. Even here, Twitter has come to the rescue. Sometimes it is through my own back-dated tweets, and sometimes it is via others tweets.
(10) Friend when no one was there – There were times when I had nothing really to do (Albeit few, but they did exist). At those times, Twitter was a good friend. Just logging in to Twitter, and spending some time with no specific agenda objective or expectations – was surprisingly very comforting!
Did Twitter make a difference for you in 2013? Leave a comment to let me know HOW?
New to the IT Workforce? – Here’s what counts…
A lot of friends and family and people who know me at work ask me this question again and again “What really counts in an IT job, especially if you’re starting you’re career?”. I usually respond based on whom I’m talking to, the personal context & background and the amount of time I have at hand..But then as I responded to this question for the Nth time recently, I thought why not post a response in on my blog..
So here, I am summarizing the response to this question – based on my own personal experiences in the IT industry spanning more than a decade, and the interactions with friends / colleagues and leaders in different organizations.
* Your knowledge on the areas / topics of study / specialization
So if you are an Engineer by education you should “know” what you learned by virtue of your degree. After all, if the threshold qualification for the job is of an Engineer, then you should at least demonstrate that you have the basic Engineering knowledge and background to qualify for the job. Similarly, if the job demands that you know the basics of a tool / product, then you should know it!
* Your self-confidence
Again, your own self-confidence in your knowledge, capabilities and strengths is what will make you stand out in a group of thousand people
* Willingness to learn
Learning is a continuous journey, and those who show that they are willing to learn – be it new technologies, processes and ways of working are the one’s who end up with more opportunities, challenging work assignments and diverse projects as a part of their career portfolio
* Openness to work
Again, you should be open to take up work assigned to you – at least in the initial few years of your career. Every single assignment adds to your own understanding of the IT business, and as you grow – you will appreciate how understanding different facets is so critical in your career growth
* Oral Communication skills
Again, many time you get selected / rejected for a job position primarily based on your oral communication skills. So speak up, speak in a clear and concise fashion. And continuously hone your oral communication skills
* Problem solving skills
The world is full of problems, and the IT industry is no exception. So there are all kinds of problems one can encounter – technology, product, process, people, customer experience, design, architecture, user experience, customer expectation management, etc. And one’s ability to truly understand and solve a problem usually makes all the difference
* Written Communication skills
Written communication is an intergal part of an IT job. On an daily basis, one will need to communicate with colleagues, teams, third parties, customers, etc. via the written medium (mails, documents, presentations, etc.). And how well you can articulate and write will make all the difference in how easy / difficult it is for others to work with you
* Your professionalism
Be professional in your interactions with colleagues and managers. Draw the line between your personal life and professional life – It makes a lot of difference in how other perceive you!
* Ability to collaborate and work in teams
In today’s day and age, it is all about collaborative ways of working to achieve business objectives. So how well you can work with a diverse (and in many instances cross-cultural team) will make all the difference in the output you / your team will be able to deliver
* Your personal drive and self-motivation
One’s one drive and motivation is what will set you apart, and is what can sometimes be the only factor in the kind of work assigned to you. So demonstrate this in word and action.
* Willingness to go the extra-mile, for the objective of the project success
At the end of the day what counts is the success of the project you are working on. And sometimes this requires individuals / teams to go the extra-mile. Make sure to stretch at times when it counts. This will make all the difference
* Truly “understanding” the customer requirements and project goals
Make an attempt to truly understand what is the customer pain areas or problems, and how the technology is enabling solve the problem. This understanding will help you work better and more effectively and deliver in line / beyond expectations!
Over the recent past, I’ve had the opportunity to interact up close and personal with the Gen Y and Gen Z – in schools, colleges, social gathering’s, etc etc etc. – The “Digital Natives” as they are popularly called – For e.g.: The 2 year old’s who can play on the iPad, the 5 year old who goes to a school where there is a “Touch Lab”, the 10 year old who is ever so active on FaceBook, the 15 year old who has 10K+ Twitter followers and the last one I should mention – The yet to be born baby who already had a Google account, Twitter account and FaceBook account!
They are everywhere! And I am glad to see them
But during interactions, interestingly a lot of them confessed to Social Media Blunders or Social Media Disasters (Of course dos not include the yet-to-be-born baby and the 2 year old, They can’t speak properly yet, or they speak in a language I can’t understand
Example 1 : A 12 year old shared his address on FaceBook, and got into trouble
Example 2 : A 8 year old shared her contact number as part of her Twitter profile, and got into trouble
Example 3 : A 15 years old shared photographs on FaceBook, and got into trouble
Example 4 : A 21 year old tweeted something controversial, and got into trouble
Example 5 : An 18 year old posted a confession on FaceBook, and got into trouble
And I can go on with many more such examples.. But the point is this – It’s great that this generation is on SOCIAL. And Good for them! Good that the Social Bug is in them, and they learned a lot by themselves…
But what about the things that their peers don’t know about Social Media?
But what about the things that even their teachers don’t know about Social Media?
But what about the things that their parents don’t know about Social Media?
And I am not talking about features, or capabilities, or How-To’s, or How to do better, faster..
I am talking about THE SOCIAL MEDIA BASICS with an emphasis on WHAT NOT TO DO on SOCIAL MEDIA?
What NOT to say about yourself?
What NOT to share?
What NOT to do?
Whom NOT To connect with?
When to disconnect from Social Media?
Who teaches the Gen Y / Gen Z the Social Media Basics?
from what I know, no one really! Most learn by experience – By burning their fingers, By seeing others learn the hard way
In my honest opinion, it makes complete sense for schools / educational institutes to include Social Media Basics as a part of the School Curriculum (May be some already do, but I’m not aware). Get Social Media Gurus / Experts to talk , to share their learning’s, to give insights into possible consequences and impact on life.
Teach the Gen Y / Gen Z the Social Media Basics, and these are really the basics of LIFE. But someone has to teach it, and they have to learn sometime.. Sooner, the BETTER!
I’m a big fan of quotes. And have been all along in my life.. So I wanted to publish a post on great Social Media Quotes that I’ve come across. Here goes!
“Social Media, it turns out, isn’t about aggregating audiences so you can yell at them about the junk you want to sell. Social Media, in fact, is a basic human need, revealed digitally online. We want to be connected, to make a difference, to matter, to be missed. We want to belong, and yes, we want to be led.” BY Seth Godin
“Social Media puts the “public” into PR and the “market” into marketing” BY Chris Brogan
“ATA – be AUTHENCTIC, be TRANSPARENT, be ALTRUISTIC, and you will find enough success in Social Media to have a satisfying career and experience.” BY Nils Monta
“Build it, and they will come” only works in the movies. Social Media is a “build it, nurture it, engage them, and they may come and stay.” BY Seth Godin
“Social Media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide for you.” BY Matt Goulart
“LinkedIn is for people you know. Facebook is for people you used to know. Twitter is for people you want to know.” BY Author Unknown
“By creating compelling content, you can become a celebrity.” BY Paul Gillin
“The problem with trying to determine ROI for Social Media is you are trying to put numeric quantities around human interactions and conversations, which are not quantifiable” BY Jason Falls
“Focus on how to be social, not on how to do social.” BY Jay Baer
“Content is King, Social Media is Queen; and Together they rule the online world. So be the king and befriend the Queen, or be prepared to be ruled over” BY Nischala