Originally Posted by Andreas
Jill, what do you speak on? SEO?
I speak at all the major Search Engine Strategies conferences as well as hold my own seminars. Plus I sometimes take additional speaking engagements, or do in-house consulting at client's companies.
I tell ya, my parents can't believe I do this stuff...and I never would have believed it even just 15 years ago.
Originally Posted by annie
However, I have learned a social skill that came as a direct result from online chatter. (discussion forums, IM etc). And that was, it's fairly easy to "validate" people online....meaning....It's easy to give others credit, compliment them, point out their uniqueness and good qualities and mention things they stand out for. I learned that people in general soak up praise (duh!) but it was never easy for me to give it in real life....but now it is. If you can make friends online with your presentation, why can't you transfer that to real life??
Yes, annie, same here!
I'm actually just learning to make this particular transition. Sometimes I'm slow. It's so easy to be brave and extroverted behind that darn keyboard. But if you practice it in real life too, especially based on your online experiences, you really can do it.
The more you do, the easier it becomes.
And of course there's really nothing better than saying nice things about people, especially to their face and in front of other people. I don't know why that is so hard most of the time for most people. I am making a conscious effort to work on that one and so far so good.