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Elli St.George Godfrey guides small business owners as they expand in their own community or internationally using her 3 Keys Coaching process helps clients not only navigate growth stages. With each stage of the 3 Keys coaching process, we tackle strategic planning, goal setting, managing change, organizational development and managing the stress and feelings of overwhelm that often plague small to mid-size business owners and executives. This results in clients feeling confident in identifying and developing strategies to be more effective leaders, plan more creatively, increase revenues and overcome the fears and obstacles that interfere with building thriving small to mid-sized businesses. I am also Chief Community Manager of Kaizen Biz and Host of Twitter chat, #KaizenBiz (a chat that uses the concept of "kaizen" for continual improvement in how we think and act in business). Please visit www.abilitysuccessgrowth.com/about/ to learn more and I look forward to meeting you in a complimentary coaching session. http://www.abilitysuccessgrowth.com

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  • Anonymous

    Good points to remember, Emma. But as Barney says in the post after yours, keeping your head on the sand is good sometimes!

    :0)

  • Anonymous

    So sorry, there is a bad link in the description. This is the corrected link to get more information or to register, please go to http://www.abilitysuccessgrowth.com/programs/how-to-be-an-egg/

  • http://www.btbtraining.com/blog Niall Devitt

    Hi Elli, the link is now fixed :)

  • http://www.codegaconsulting.com/ Una Coleman

    Niall, the other important point to remember about the internet and social tools (as opposed to social networking) is that they are platforms to get one’s message out – to distribute new and valuable content – and of course to help one’s google ranking. I know from recent discussions I’ve had in a linkedin group on social media in insurance that some of the signficant insurers and reinsurers are using blogging for instance to build a following and drive traffic to their websites, without there being a two-way dialogue. As you say, it’s what you make of it yourself.

  • http://blog.myprojecttracker.com Barney Austen

    Hi Niall. Well conceived post – nice one. I would agree with you. Social media is about the relationships developed. The tools are merely a mechanism to achieve that. What we do with them is up to us and the only way of effecting that change in attitude is sites like this one where we can show it working.

  • http://www.btbtraining.com/blog Niall Devitt

    Very fair point and equally as you point out “it’s what you make of it yourself” There are a large number of companies using tools very effectively to do many different tasks and many others using the same tools entirely ineffectively. The difference is not the tool, it’s the person or people behind the the tool.

  • http://www.btbtraining.com/blog Niall Devitt

    Thanks Barney, SM means that we can now make connections at breath-taking speeds, but to turn these connections into relationships takes nurturing, time and commitment. Anyone who thinks that just because you connect with someone online means that you are automatically destined to have a relationship is simply deluding themselves. There is a distinct lack of common sense around the SM debate but then again that’s another trait we tend to over-estimate in ourselves :-)

  • Anonymous

    great post Niall, and quite thought provoking. I think the follower craze in Twitter proves the point that many relationships on Social Tools are quite flimsy – increasing your number of followers just for the sake of being able to say you have a large following just doesn’t sit well with me.

    As you say it all comes down to human nature. There will always be people who are driven by personal motivations, and they will always manipulate whether it is face to face or online. However I’m an optimist and I think that the Internet’s power for good will eventually outweigh it’s misuse.

    On the point of relationships, I’ve always been interested in Dunbar’s number theory, which limits the number of people you can have a stable relationship with to 150 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%27s_number. It’s interesting to consider whether the Internet (and Social Media) in particular has on this. I smell the genesis of a future blog post on that topic.

  • http://www.btbtraining.com/blog Niall Devitt

    Hi Frank, I think followers have a value on Twitter but on it’s own it’s purely mathematical. I am also optimistic because I see many people developing very real relationships, the point is that they have the skills to do this, online just allows them to do more and to do it quicker.

    I think Dunbar may very well be right, what’s interesting is I think that people who are good at relationships tend to form relationships with people who are also good at relationships and so on. This is perhaps the true potential online.

    The success so far of BT is a typical example in that I don’t have a relationship with everyone in our extended community but I invariably know someone who has, hence I’m connected. Paradoxically perhaps, Ireland because of our size has always been about who you know (positive & negative), SM maybe now means that the world is starting to follow suit.

  • http://www.stress-solutions4life.com/ Catherine Connors

    I like your comment Frank, but sadly your link isnt working so I’m off to google Dunbar’s theory :)

  • http://www.btbtraining.com/blog Niall Devitt

    Thanks Elli, A strange thing that I notice when meeting people offline is that they sometimes turn out to to be entirely different to how I expected. I’ve noticed that the in your face people online can often be the quietest ones offline. I’m not sure if this is something that they are even aware of but I know I try hard to be the same person and show the same respect in both arenas.

    I ask myself each & every time I comment engage, would I be happy to say this to the person’s face? It can sometimes be all too easy to forget that behind every blog post is a person. Another infestation online is celebrity culture, guys & girls who just cause they have few thousand twitter followers or a semi-popular blog think they can act how they like. It would be funny except that these are supposed to be grown ups and they set a really bad example for people (especially younger people).

  • http://www.stress-solutions4life.com/ Catherine Connors

    Interesting post Niall and I agree with your comment here, I too try to be the same person online as I am offline, as you say behind every blog post and tweet there is a person, and each and every person is due the basic respect that we ourselves expect on both counts…..

  • Anonymous

    Niall,

    Truly, social media can be misused. It can be a hammer for those who are disatisfied with life and feel the need to “correct” us misguided types. It can be the illusion of a stage for wanna-be “rockstars.”

    People get when people are truly on the level. (Like you!) We can choose how much of our energy we are willing to give to others. We choose to be civil or not. At the end of the day, the Internet and social media are reflections of in-person interactions anywhere. (Don’t lose faith! Your engagement is a gift!)

  • Guest

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  • http://www.hometechdudes.com HomeTechDudes

    “The internet
    & social media creates the opportunity to connect like never before. If we
    fail to take advantage, fair enough! But let us at least have the decency to
    not blame the tool. Relationships are and will continue to be about people, if a relationship fails, people fail”

    You’re spot with that statement. If you haven’t read Stephen Covey “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” you should. It is all about relationships, first with yourself, and then with others- Internet or no internet.