The Power of Your Words on Social Media

When you post a status update on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, do you think about how your words will impact people?

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Sometimes I think about it too much. I wonder does this sound arrogant? Is it positive? Is it really “me”? Sometimes I refrain from posting simply because it “doesn’t feel right.”

Tuesday I posted an update on Facebook that recapped my day. I ended with the question, “How was your day?”

Yesterday I happened to see a post on Facebook from a colleague, Jean. She wrote:

A great big, huge, thank you to Stacey Shipman! She recently posted her accomplishments for the day, and a light went off for me. Instead of ending the day overwhelmed and discouraged by the items NOT checked off on my daily “to do list” I have decided to focus on making a list of all the things I DID accomplish today! Stacey, you are awesome. One very smart lady!

A little later a friend of Jean posted this comment:

Thank you Jean! I never needed this post more. I’ve been working crazy hours and accomplishing a great deal of good (paid) work. Today I got an email (from family) about free work that I haven’t completed. If I could I’d drop everything and do it in a heartbeat. Sometimes work has to come first. I’ve never needed to reframe my outlook more. Once again, you’ve helped a lot! Here’s to you and all you accomplish!

Inspiring one person at a time

Just before seeing these status updates, I had a conversation with a potential collaboration partner. I told her, “I’m not trying to save the world. I simply want to help that one person who is ready and needs support. I hope that one person shares his/her lessons and experiences with another.”

That is exactly what happened on social media yesterday. And it was absolutely delightful to see.

I had no idea when I wrote my original status update the impact it would have on other people.

Do you think about the impact of your words?

I just watched this 10 minute Ted Talk from Jack Andraka. A 15-year old who has developed a new way to detect pancreatic (and other) cancer in early stages. As he concludes, he suggests that the internet provides an opportunity to make a difference. It’s not just a place to post silly pictures of yourself.

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Share experiences, strategies and questions

I can’t tell you what to do. I can share experiences, lessons, strategies and questions. The purpose? To inspire a way of thinking that allows you to identify an appropriate solution. In the end, it’s up to each individual to take action on and implement lessons learned.

Words are powerful. Used appropriately, and positively, they can make a positive difference.

Your turn: Do you think about your words before you post an update? Have you ever received an email or status update thanking you for sharing a positive message? Leave a comment and share your experience.

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