Dreaming in Twitter Lingo and Creating Deep Connections
I was actually dreaming in Twitter lingo Sunday night. It was my first night home from SheStreams Ft. Lauderdale. Obviously visions of the connections I made and the information I absorbed were dancing through my thoughts as I fell asleep. And that influenced my dreams! Score…Score.
I am always exhilarated to reconnect with my peeps; however, the magic lies in the new connections I make at social media and blogging events. To quote Ted Rubin, “I am celebrating those fortuitous connections I make ’just because’.”
I am an observer basically. I enjoy taking the time to notice and discern and sometimes even perceive intuitively those people with whom I should connect. And then I step back and allow the universe to do its thing…and it does. I find myself in the elevator with the Keynote speaker or a very interesting person is beside me at the coffee bar or a joyful personality takes the seat right next to me. Coincidence…perhaps. Synchronicity…for sure!
My first such encounter was with Becky Woodworth of AT&T, whom I had the pleasure of sharing an elevator ride with on Thursday evening. She climbed in and commented on my brightly colored top. Intuition poked me and said to interact. I asked if she were here for SheStreams and she said, “Yes.” On Saturday, I found myself in her “Mastering Your Video Skills” workshop. Turns out she is THE Social Media Senior Strategy Manager at AT&T Mobility and one very witty and knowledgeable lady. After her session, presented with Molly Gold, of GO MOM! Inc. We connected once again and she remembered our elevator chat. She will be a future guest on my radio show.
Next, I took afternoon tea with our own Courtney Velasquez and found myself beside a beautiful woman with amazing turquoise, heart-shaped earrings. I commented on how beautiful they were and we talked and laughed as we realized I had the matching pendant. Turns out she had just come to SheStreams and wanted to start a radio show. I told her about my radio show and we exchanged business cards. Pat Lloyd is an amazing and spiritual woman who exudes charm and grace. We attended two sessions together and have agreed to explore some opportunities in the future.
My final fortuitous encounter was, perhaps, the most fun…or at least the giggliest!! I arrived early for the Saturday morning session and claimed my seat in the second row and saved the seat beside me for Courtney by placing my traveling companion, ColBi (my sock monkey named for Collective Bias) in the seat. I went to find my morning coffee and muffin and came back to find the rest of the row full. The oh so effervescent personality in the seat beside ColBi was soon to be my new BFF!!!
The Keynote speaker, Elisa All is Founder, President & CEO of 30 Second Mobile and 30 Second Moms. Turns out my row companion, Joani Plenty was featured in the presentation sharing her hilarious 30 second tip about toothpaste for blemishes. In the Q&A session, I inquired if they needed a ‘30 second Grand Mom’ and the connection was made instantaneously. We laughed…we cried…we bonded. Yes, we connected.
These are only three of the memorable connections I made during the weekend. I share them to illustrate the impact of networking at these events. I could have easily not engaged with Becky in the elevator. I could have pursued my tea without commenting on Pat’s earrings. I could have kept my question unasked and never been embraced by Elisa and Joani and the 30 Second Moms.
Yesterday, I had several fun Twitter moments with each of these women and several others I met at SheStreams. I actually have 50 new followers from this weekend and the event only had about 115 attendees. That is an amazing stat by any measurement tool!
I am home sitting in my backyard writing for Collective Bias on my laptop. A baby cardinal just hopped onto a branch two feet from me and I am listening to the waves breaking in the Atlantic. You may think that I am one lucky woman…and I am. However, I know that I am able to do what I love as a direct result of the deep connections I have made through networking. And I am forever grateful and blessed.