“How appropriate to be sharing a social media success story with Teddy Burriss, because social media is responsible for our knowing each other and discovering that we are kindred spirits! ” Elizabeth Cottrell
I collected social media success stories while writing the book “Success Using Social Media.”
Elizabeth H. Cottrell
How appropriate to be sharing a social media success story with Teddy Burriss, because social media is responsible for our knowing each other and discovering that we are kindred spirits! My sister in Winston-Salem told me about a young blogger there named Cyndi Briggs whom I started to follow and admire. Before too long, Cyndi introduced me, by social media, to her friend Teddy Burriss. Since Teddy walks his talk, he immediately set up a phone call, which consisted primarily of him finding out about me and my work so he could try to help me through his own connections. I was impressed.
But I also want to share with you the role that social media has had in connecting me with a whole community of like-minded, heart-centered business men and women who are passionate about their work, generous with their time and talent, and making a difference in the world. It all started with my own interest in online business and participating in a few courses and webinars. I soon identified online experts and mentors whom I respected and followed from afar. Last fall, I participated in one of Laura West’s “30-Day Passion Projects.” Much to my delight, several of the women whom I’ve long admired as successful internet entrepreneurs were fellow classmates, and we interacted regularly in the class’s Facebook group over the course of the 30 days! Through this experience, I got on their radar screen and they have taught and encouraged me immeasurably ever since.
Powerful connection tools
I’ve come to believe this about social media tools and platforms:
They are a powerful means of connection when used appropriately and authentically.
They often provide an opportunity to interact with leaders and celebrities in your field who would otherwise be inaccessible.
In a very real sense, they bring us full circle back to two or three generations ago when a handshake was all it took to seal a deal and our reputation was everything. The principles are the same, but social media provides the means to greatly broaden our reach and amplify our message.
Teddy and I have never met in person, but thanks to the power of social media, we are already discussing how we can collaborate to help as many people as possible achieve their dreams. It just doesn’t get any better than that.