Future Friday: A Lesson in the Value of Social Media Connections

ID-10091687 Thank youOn a futuristic TV program called Almost Human a recent episode called “Disrupt” featured a story about a boy who was killed in an accident involving a “smart house.” His mother was distraught and told the police that she knew of no one that would want to kill him. He was a “loner” and had no friends since he spent all his time on the computer. I won’t bore you with the story but at the end of the show one of the police officers showed the mother a picture of her son and then zoomed in to so that the pixels of the picture were actually smaller pictures of all the people her son had touched in his time on the Internet. Her remark was that the son was not friendless and not a loner and he had touched a lot of people.
A big thank you
If you have been “weather aware” recently you know that the Southeast of the US has had two major ice and snow storms in the last month. During the first one I was trying to be a good neighbor and spread some “ice melt” on the hill in our street of the subdivision when I slipped and fell. I tore the quad tendon away. Yes it hurt like hell and yes I was unable to use that leg. Good neighbors rescued me from the street. Long story short I ended up having surgery.
But in the days leading up to my surgery I knew that I was not going to feel like writing my blog post on a daily basis. I did not want to go a week or more with nothing being published. So I reached out to my social media network and asked if anyone could help me by writing a guest post or offering something they have done to be published on my blog. Several took the time from their busy schedules to do so. For that I offer them my public thanks.
They include:

  • Sharlyn Lauby, the HR Bartender, a top rated author, speaker, advisor and consultant
  • Doug Shaw, a UK friend, widely sought after advisor and speaker 
  • Tim Gardner, an Atlanta HR friend, writer and corporate executive
  • Michael Vandervort, a labor, social media and HR guru
  • Bill Ramsey, a close friend and the only one of this group I did not initially meet over social media. A future force to be reckoned with
  • Dwane Lay, author, speaker, corporate executive, social powerhouse who has an infectious laugh and sense of humor.

They helped me in a time of need and I will be forever grateful. Without the power of social media I would not have been so lucky.
The lesson
The lesson in this is the power of connections. Those of you who don’t realize how you can touch people through the use of social media need to get on board.
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