I wanted to share a story about an experience I had on Facebook. The political season is over and it really seemed to get heated over different points of view. If you know me, I won’t shy away from a good debate, but some of the things that were posted were just plain ‘ol nasty. And you know what your mom used to tell you growing up… “If you’ve got nothing good to say…”.
Well, I think the same thing should apply to what we do and how we interact with our “Friends” on Facebook. Our opinion is our opinion, but in a lot of cases, it is better for us to keep our opinions to ourselves. So here’s what goes through my mind when I’m catching up on what’s going on on Facebook.
- I am a pretty black and white kind of guy (as most of you know). There’s not a whole lot of room for fluff with me, although I do have a secret compartment in my brain when I try to jam 10 pounds of fluff in a 5-pound box. A 5-pound compartment is all my “A-type” will let me have.
- I am interested in what you have to say about a variety of things, as are most of your “Friends”. If they weren’t then your status would be hidden, or worse yet, you would be “UN Friended” Noooooooooooooo.
- In business, I like to deal with clients that I feel are going to be a pleasure to work with. As a client, I like to work with service providers and vendors who I know will be honest and care about helping me grow the business.
- To me, character counts in a BIG way. When you post something about your family, kids, ideas, thoughts, the last party you went to, why you like or don’t like something or someone, etc… it gives me a little glimpse into your character.
- I like to do business and help people that have similar character traits as me.
I could be way off base here, but in my very “A-Type” world, I believe that other people feel the same way I do. So if that’s the case, I want to give this little bit of advice……
“When choosing what to say and post on Facebook, make sure you choose your comments, pictures, rants, etc… that are becoming of your character. Because they show your character even in the smallest of ways.”
Now, I’m a big fan of using Facebook and social media outlets for business, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it. And if you are in the real estate business where ALL of your friends and their friends are who you want as your clients, you have the distinct privilege of always being “on the clock”. Remember that people need to trust you before they do business with you. Don’t give them a reason not to trust you.
There you go. I would love to get some comments back from you on your thoughts, so let me know.