To Twitter or not to Twitter?

Do I  want to Twitter? How do I get the most out of Twitter? Twitter…what’s Twitter?

Using Twitter as a Social Networking tool is fun and easy. It can be a helpful tool or a waste of time.

But can it increase your performance?
Here’s how to get the most out of Twitter.

DON’T JUST DO IT! Follow these suggestions and tips.

1) Decide what you want to get from Twitter before you start.
Do you want more friends, customers, motivation, ideas, research, updates, news, weather, quotations, jokes…well you get the idea. What exactly do you hope to get from Twitter? Many people join Twitter, try it for a couple of days, then let it die. That’s because they didn’t have a clue what they wanted from it.
Be clear on your objectives for using Twitter. Tip#1: Having lots of “Followers” is not as important as having Followers that are important to you.

2) Do your research.
Let’s say you want to use Twitter for researching a specific topic. Okay, this is almost too easy! All you need to do is Google “How do I use Twitter for research?” There you will find details on how to use this valuable tool.
For example, if I wanted to see what others had to say about the new Chevy Camaro,I would enter #Camaro or Camaro into Twitter Search. Another tool I find very helpful is Tweetdeck, a free downloadable software which can beused for searching several topics at once. Tip#2: Spend a few hours at Twittip.com and explore the opportunities.

3) Call on a friend.
Find somebody you know that will mentor you on Twitter. If you have a friend that has used Twitter for some time (and they have a clue) they can be a great resource for coaching.
If you are a member of an association or group, try to find other members that utilize Twitter.
Another way to begin “Tweeting” is to get a friend or group of friends to join with you and leverage each others research, tips, followers et cetera.
Tip#3: Follow me on Twitter.com/TheCPO and follow a few of the great people I follow. Once you build 30-50 followers…ask them questions. People that Tweet are most helpful folks. Ask them, they will help.

Today saying you don’t Twitter is like people who ten years ago boasted about not using email. Get with it! Improve your performance in life and at work by staying in the know and in contact. Be Your Own Chief Performance Officer.
Like everything thing in life, this tool we call Twitter can be helpful, but “Don’t Just Do It!”

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Twitter and You?

One of the key elements in the BYOCPO Process is Partnering.
We describe Partnering as a process wherein you work with another person, system or process to build support, encouragement and accountability. Twitter can help by building a supportive network of “followers” that can be employed as accountability Partners.
Do you currently use Twitter? If not, why?
Please take the following poll and let us know if or how you use Twitter. Then leave a comment about your take on Twitter.

Viral Advertising is GREAT!

Many of my clients have made their marketing efforts a very high priority in an effort to generate greater sales revenue. But, at the same time, they are spending less.
Viral ads can be a very effective and inexpensive marketing tool. Here is one of the best viral ads I have ever seen. If this doesn’t make you laugh…I’m truly sorry for you. Trust me, you will laugh so hard you’ll cry. The E-Trade Baby Outtakes has hit a home run with this. Enjoy!

Viral advertising is great, but like everything else in life, you “Don’t Just Do It!”

Follow me on Twitter for quotations, humor, or just cool stuff everyday.

Are Connections a Priority?

In today’s turbulent times, we all need to connect with our family, friends and acquaintances more than ever. NOTICE: If you have no interest in enhancing your connections and networking abilities, don’t read any further!
Still with me…good! One of my Priorities for 2009 is to enhance my social networking skill and take advantage of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. In December I attended a workshop on Leveraging Technology and learned that these three networks interface very well and are the top sites for professionals. Click on any of the links above and you will visit my profile on each one. If your not in these networks, join today! It’s fun, doesn’t take much time, has tremendous potential and will help you grow your “Connections.”
For several weeks I “twittled” with twitter and am just now getting it. Not that it’s difficult, because it isn’t. It’s just that I hadn’t figured out how to use it effectively to connect with others. So here is what I’m doing: Every day or so, I send out “Tweet” my “followers” with an inspirational quotation, humorous line, cool site to visit, or occasionally an interesting article or blog post. So begin to Twitter and begin by following me.

BUT FIRST, check out this article I received from my friend Michael Hyatt. I sure wish I had found this before having to learn all this on my own. This is a great article regarding Twitter for beginners but it also has a couple of very important tips for even the more experienced twitterers.

When it comes to networking, you need to BYOCPO and remember, you

“Don’t Just Do It!”