Much of the business world is moving into “holiday mode” and will stay in that mode until early January.  Take full advantage of it by capitalizing on social media.  With many people taking vacation time and the overall workload for most people slowing down, people will spend more time trolling the web and social media sites such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.

Make sure you’ve updated your profile and any other pertinent information.  Even if you don’t feel like you really use social media to network, it still is wise to have current info on the sites.  You never know who is going to stumble upon your profile because of mutual connections you have.   In addition, you may find yourself needing to step up your networking efforts, and the best place to start is with networking avenues you already have in place.

Take the time to visit other people’s sites, adding comments, sharing information they may find helpful, and generating dialogue.   While you’re at it, don’t hesitate to start reaching out and making connections with people with whom you’ve lost touch.

The holidays can be a gift of time where you can communicate with many people, especially people whose paths don’t usually cross with yours.

One more hint: Don’t make your communication all about you. Rather, make intentional and genuine attempts to learn more about other people and ways you can help them succeed.  A common saying is that the best way to help yourself is by helping other people first. It’s far too easy for all of us, myself included, to make it “all about me.”

If we haven’t already, let’s connect on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  I look forward to getting to know you better.

Copyright 2010, Mark Hunter “The Sales Hunter.” Sales Motivation Blog.

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