Have you heard the one about the messy barber? It’s brain teaser that I learned growing up and it’s remained one of my favorites.
Three years ago today, I quit my job.
I didn’t set out to be my own boss — it happened quite organically. Upon my departure I sent out an All-Points Bulletin to my friends and colleagues asking them to be on the look out for new opportunities. Within the week, I heard from a few former colleagues asking me if I’d consider consulting for their companies as they were struggling with integrating social media into their marketing campaigns. I’d not considered consulting, and since I had lined up a few job interviews with area schools and non-profits, I thought it wasn’t worth extra thought. Continue reading
I often get asked how I’m able to manage my social media presence. The question confuses me. “What do you mean? How do I physically manage the different accounts where I am active?” “No,” they clarify, “How do you maintain your authentic self? How do separate the personal from the professional?”
It’s an interesting question, and one that gets asked more and more since social media has made it possible to be everywhere at once. But at the end of the day, it’s still a question that, for me, has a simple answer. There is no need to maintain a personal and a professional. I am the same person online as in person, whether I am working with a client or having coffee with a friend. I am the same person on Facebook as I am on Twitter or Instagram.