Monthly Archives: August 2012

connecting networking rekindling oh my

I’ve decided to pick up the phone and make calls.  Yes actual phone calls to people I haven’t spoken to or seen in ages, maybe even decades.  What are their names again?  Oh who cares.  We shared a locker in high school.  They’ll remember the days of mouldy oranges trapped within the confines of smelly running shoes and old winter sweaters underneath all that metal shelving.  And sharing quick drags off of each other’s cigarettes was a way to connect with the mates to stay cool.  Who are those people again?  I’m blowing the dust off my yearbooks as I type this. Coin collecting is so passé, I want to collect friends.  I’ll use Facebook and frantically start friending, friending…what an odd word.

Seem kind of ridiculous?  Indeed.  Casting a net to rekindle isn’t genuine.  Facebook and all of it’s digital brothers and sisters like Twitter and Linkedin are a great party and they know it.  Find out how you can use them in other ways too tho’.  This may be a cold shower talking but build and nurture an audience to create meaningful dialogue.  Whether these social robots are used to promote the latest bacon cheese fondue recipe, a new litter of kittens or to tell others about a shoe deal for your footwear company, the social fembots are much more than just cats in sweaters.  Let me ask, what do you mainly use Facebook for?

 

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rushing to the social hydrant

So there’s always somewhere to go, somewhere to be.  Claim stake or be left in the dust.  We rush to those fire hydrants like a pack of NYC rat dwellers letting others know where we’ve been and possibly where we’re going.  Then we move on.   What’s it all about?  Smartphones and communication devices are adorned in ridiculously expensive accoutrements, much like luggage.  Gucci vs Walmart.  Ever stand and wonder what could possibly be in those pieces of luggage hugging those airport conveyor belts?  Beware of all things tressed in sparkles and silver foiled cupcake leaves.  I miss the days of my 2 pounder cellphone begging and pleading with the universe for a signal through it’s hand crafted paper clip gently poking my coat pocket.  

 
Warning: device dependence is on the rise.  Addiction centres and programs coming soon.  Yes, we need devices to communicate but don’t let that little hunk of junk take you hostage.   When was the last time you actually dialled that thing to talk.  To listen.  To share.  We’re all guilty of the digital pacification methods we use to buy us more time, censor our thoughts.  If  it weren’t for that backspace button, I’d be alone in life.  Verbal reactionary conversation is a rare species and will become endangered if we’re not careful.  
 
Engagement.  Make sure it’s real.  Make it meaningful.  The scheduled ‘like’ button click race is wearing people thin.  We’re forgetting how to engage in meaningful ways.  Think long term.  Quick hits of inhalations through plastic tubes never last.   We’re here to shape our fortresses so shape them.  Use that device of choice to break ground, to transport each brick and slab.  That fortress needs to be solid so make it built to last.
 

Walking on social ground with a different set of legs

Right at the core, Hogpie is about relationship building, connecting and networking made easy, made real by permeating that online social stratosphere and bringing engagement back down to earth with simple sustainable marketing solutions.
Join in the conversation and let’s get back to basics using social media networking avenues as tools for your overall relationship building and facilitators for cosmic connections.  Let them be the repositories for your real networkings.  Simple person to person interactions really do stand the test of time.

when too much pie is just too much pie

So yesterday was another one of those days where the planets aligned.  Too many people to water and feed both newcomers and old pots pulled out of the cupboard.  Everyone wants a piece.  So you find yourself giving time to one person, then to another and then sure enough, that cafeteria lineup starts and trays of cubed green jello and soggy open faced sandwiches are seen for miles.  Social burnout is just one handshake, one nod away.   When do we say enough and do we?  I mean we can turn down that million calorie dessert but when is it ok to take a breather, a break?  It’s always ok.  Disconnection is just as important as connection.  There is nothing wrong with giving your audience the focused attention they deserve, when you’re ready. Taj mahal style shout outs are dated, lack honesty and true integrity.  Again focus.  Close one curtain and open another.  Relevance will accomplish the goal whatever that goal may be in that moment.  Never feel the need to do everything always, accommodating ant farm after ant farm.  Just because everyone else is doing something and everything, don’t add to the noise.  Plan, script then follow through.  It will take you a long way.  

like thy neighbour

Yesterday I was out walking in the park for a bit, something I do often – coffee in hand, walking the pooch.  Suddenly from behind I hear a firm accented voice, a woman asking if it was ok for her dog to approach my little old thing.  I said absolutely.  So anyhow the two little old things stood together, gazing into nothingness like a couple of old compadres.  So of course the small talk begins with this woman, she was beautiful with perfect skin ashamed to say she was 62, this was unsolicited trivia by the way, not entirely sure why she felt the need to tell me.  She talked and kept staring at my right arm.  My entirely tattooed right arm which tells over two decades worth of stories and tales.  I thought here we go, I can see what’s coming next, the common why do you have those and/or what do they mean which always launches into some sort of auto play verbiage from my end.  Well, it didn’t happen.  I thought wow, that’s unusual.

She stood there and asked if she could ‘feel me’.  Yes, her words, feel me. What?  You want to feel me?  She said yes.  I thought ok.  She gently rubbed my forearm, hover crafting each outline.  She explained finally that the tattoos reminded her of a long line of missed relatives she had back in her home country of Thailand who were apparently tattooed from head to toe.  The softness was silky, similar to blankets she would sleep with as a child.  Then she pulled away, it was all she needed.  She thanked me.  I thought wow, where’s that ‘like’ button when you need it?  The small talk led me to ask her a bit about herself, she owns a line of high end spas sprinkled here and there locally and provincially.  Explained a lot, her bedazzled fingers decorated with thick metals and large rocks, designer shoes and an overall joie de vivre.  I took that opportunity to network and take that connection one step further by asking if I could place some of my adverts in some of her salons.  Her clients are a slice of my target.  She said absolutely.  We’ll be in touch. The 5 minute arm rub went a long way.

So here we go!!

Connections. It’s all about connecting with others, how do you connect? Or do you? A simple smile, nod or thank you may seem simplistic to some, monumental gestures to others. It’s the tipping of the hat that gets noticed. Do you think there’s enough of that getting around these days? Subjective I guess, depending on who’s giving and who’s receiving, level of reception on that day and other triggers which inspire even noticing these acts of simple kindness. Gotta say tho’, people remember. Pass it forward, you would be surprised what good things come out of it. It’s tough tho’ giving that nod, that hat tip online for people to notice. Aside from the ‘likes’ and ‘follows’, where’s the level of sincerity? That thing that says it was really meant and not just an exchange of technical clickables, a thank you for a thank you. Online currency is used for many reasons in many different environments. What sets you apart from the others, really truly letting them know you’re connected in it’s truest sense or as true as this digital platform can express? Whichever way you choose to acknowledge an act of kindness, inspire one or aspire to better at it, it’s a step towards connecting, networking, creating those relationships which keep us alive and well. Never change.