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The Pertinence of More Affectionate, Real Conversations


Email communication is an art + a science that if done well results in straightforward, yet diplomatic messages. Email’s value, despite the abundance of micro-messaging, micro-blogging, instant gratification and often crowd-sourcing-focused platforms still reigns, in my book.

Well-written emails swapped between two individuals are colorfully intimate and insightful compared to streams of group and social networking forms seeking provocation, applause, ‘likes,’ or group think.

That said, I’m a huge advocate of social networking – it has been an instrumental tool for taking my business to a new level! And I’m just as ‘guilty’ as everyone else as seeking out social forums (I’m posting this, for example!). I use it heavily for business, often blending business and personal. I strongly advise careerists to jump into social media, too.

It’s a difficult dichotomy. When I’m in the throes of writing or reading a meaty email, however, I feel a gentle nudge reminder of the pertinence of more affectionate, real conversations, and how I miss them.

© Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

How to Manage the Struggle of Being Your Real Self + Professional on Social Media

the real you

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

It’s almost necessary to be social media savvy these days, so much so that there seems a frenzy to be seen as the coolest, most down-to-earth, real, caring and/or opinionated person on the Internet.

Because social networking has been lauded as a key to career momentum and growth, individuals are running in droves to the social media forums and rapidly erecting profiles and conversation passages.  Oftentimes, those profiles and successive conversations are rushed, loosely constructed and not very well thought out. As well, in an effort to be ‘authentic,’ social media enthusiasts often weave in personal diatribes and passionate assertions that leave their followers, friends and contacts reeling.

People try so hard to blend social with professional personas that they create chinks in their personal reputation.

Pitfalls and Benefits Arise When Being Authentic on Social Media Networks

Portraying one’s authentic self without a filter is all well and good for you if you are willing to accept the risk that you will offend some and more so, are willing to live with the consequences. For example, are you willing to thwart opportunities to get an interview with or land business from certain connections based on asserting your personal values, religious beliefs, political ideas or even personality quirks? Perhaps, for you, such divisiveness may be desirable, as you seek to attract like-minded people with similar values and cultures with whom to work, do business and simply, with whom to network.

For the rest of the blog, please visit: “How to be Yourself on Social Media While Staying Professional.”


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On Facebook? How to Protect Your Reputation

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Are you revealing more than you should on one of the most popular online social networking sites? Facebook has become so much a part of how we stay connected that some of us are forgetting that those connections often extend well beyond our anticipated audience.

For example:

1. Employers research you through a friend of a friend. Now, more than ever, employers use Facebook to form opinions about those who work for them and those they’re considering for employment. And for a vast majority of Facebook users, these employers don’t need a password to find out what they want to know. Usually, all they need to know is a mutual friend.

My full article can be found at U.S. News & World Report, here: 5 Tricks to Keep Facebook From Hurting Your Job Search.

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