My Mom’s not on social media yet, but she’s made a lot of friends in real life. She hated growing up as an only child, so she had eight kids and hundreds of friends. Her social graces are second to none. These are the social media lessons I have learned from watching my Mom be SOCIAL.
1. Always carry a smile
My Mom loves to be around people and she always makes people feel welcome with a warm smile. The world is filled with bad news, but she fails to let it ruin her day. My friends always ask, “Has your Mom ever had a bad day?” I am sure has, but she’ll never let the world know. Keep your outlook positive in all your social interactions. Do your social media interactions show a smile?
2. Give to others
When God blesses you with good health, a comfortable life and a wonderful family–or even just one of these things–you have a lot to be thankful for. Giving your time, talents and abundance is the best way to say thank you for what you have. People remember your kindness and they remember you. My Mom’s in her eighties now and still driving people to the doctor, singing in the choir, and bringing communion to home bound parishioners. Now walking with a cane, she still never goes empty-handed anywhere.
3. Write a thank you note
Acknowledging the kindness of others is important. A handwritten note still stands out. Don’t forget to say thank you for comments (both positive and negative) and social media mentions.
4. Get out of the house
Nothing drove my mother crazier than kids moping around the house watching TV. Grab a friend and do something, or head out to a networking event. There’s nothing like meeting people face-to-face to enhance your online networking and your life.
5. Share what you love
My Mom loves dessert and she always shares. That makes me happy. What do you love that you can share? There is value in sharing your work, and the work of others you admire.
6. Take time for friendship
My Mom always makes time for her friends. She has a high school club and a college club and a line dancing group and choir and they all plan regular get-togethers. Somehow she always finds the time. I wish I was better at this. Staying connected takes a little bit of work, but it’s worth it.
I hope you enjoyed these social media lessons I learned from my Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!