Do you want to join an ongoing social media conversation, like Twitter chats, but don’t know where, or how, to begin?
Social media is an open platform where anyone can just jump in a conversation that is already ongoing. Truth be told, I find online conversation easier than real life conversation. Yep, classic introvert!
Oddly, I tend to be more confident networking in real life now than I used to. What helped that is social media. I don’t know if there is a science that would explain my experience, but that is how it is with me.
That said, how do you join an ongoing conversation, though? Is there a perfect moment? Do I have to be “friends” of the people who are chatting already? Do I have to be an expert on the topic?
Social Media Conversation | Backing in like the Elephants
If you are struggling or unsure of how to jump in an ongoing conversation online, or in real life, have you heard about the metaphor of backing in. It’s something that elephants do.
I learned about this fascinating elephant story from other friends. I have no idea if this is true. Would love to hear from you if you know anything about this. Apparently, when a herd of elephants approaches a waterhole that already has another herd of elephants, the lead elephant of the approaching herd does not go in with its head (or snout) first. Do you know what ti does? The lead of the approaching herd turns around and backs in toward the water hole and uses his/her backside as an attempt to make room for him/her group. What do the rest of the elephants do? They would slowly move to make room for him/her and the rest of the arriving herd.
The point? It is a good practice to always “back in” toward the conversation in a way that is positive, and with an attitude of a learner.
What Perfect Timing?
Waiting for the perfect time? There is no such a thing.
Take the initiative to be part of a social media conversation! It all starts with a “Hi, I’m__________,” and mental note that you should “back in.”
Tips to Join Social Media Conversation
The following tips that I culled are from social businesses who were part of Buffer‘s #bufferchat. These are examples of what “backing in” is all about.
What are your best strategies for jumping into conversations?
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