7 Twitter Tips to Boost Your Business Connections

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If you find that Twitter is a useful may to keep in touch with your business associates, then here’s a ideas on how you can make the most of this popular social networking tool:

1. Attend Networking Events

Network with noteworthy business associates, competitors, and peers. You don’t have to simply befriend every person you can that requests you or vice versa on Twitter. Instead, choose your networking buddies carefully. Look for fellow executives or business owners who work within your particular niche. Then, follow their progress, look for advice, and of course, throw in some of your own two cents as well. By befriending people who are in the same line of work as you, you’ll get an insider’s look at how their successes compare to yours.

2. Keep Your Audience Up To Date

Update your audience fairly regularly, but don’t over load them. A lot of people are most likely interested in what you have to say, otherwise they probably wouldn’t have added you to begin with. This means you should be updating them on a fairly regular basis so they can keep up with what’s happening in your world or your business’ world. On the other hand, you don’t want to overload people so much that the feel of your Twitter site feels “spammy” and they turn away. Try to maintain the balance between good updating and overwhelming people with insignificant updates.

3. Use Twitterfeeds

Use Twitterfeed to help people stay updated. Twitterfeed is basically the website’s answer to an RSS feed, and it’s a great way to automatically keep your followers updated without them checking your page too often. It also allows things to be updated on their own, so you don’t have to spend extra time telling everyone you have an updated; it’s all done for you.

4. Tweet at Events

Use Twitter at conferences and trade shows. When you’re out and about networking in the REAL world, don’t forget to use Twitter then as an opportunity to update your customers and peers on what you’re seeing and doing. This shows them that you’re being proactive and it’s a lot of fun as well. You can tell them some funny things you might be seeing at the trade show, or maybe inform them of an interesting vendor you’ve hooked up with. By sharing your experiences as you go along, you’re garnering more interest in what is happening with your business.

5. Keep an eye on what people are saying

Don’t forget that Twitter, like any other virtual conversation, is a two-way street. Pay attention to what other members are saying, and see if they’re Twittering about you. If they are, you might want to use that as an opportunity to either thank them for a nice compliment, or to make good if they are posting a complaint. Remember that you’re never 100% safe from someone who might try to talk negatively about you, your website, or anything else on Twitter. Be sure to use this to your advantage in a diplomatic way.

6. Make Your Twitter Profile Visible

Display your Twitter profile on business cards, your website, and in email signatures. Remind people in other ways that you’re on Twitter. Some clients and customers might not know this until you pass the information along. Get a nice snapshot of your Twitter home page and then display it along with a link to the Twitter page on your actual website. Include the page’s URL in email signatures and you can even print this on a business card if you like.

7. Make Twitter another home hub

Use Twitter to display your business growth, charts, statistics, and other factual data. This way, people who prefer to watch what’s happening with you on Twitter have the same basic information and access as those who usually just visit your website.

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Six Things to Avoid in the Job Interview

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Sometimes an interview can be all to change your fate and career for the best. Therefore, it is important that you attend every interview with enthusiasm and the right attitude. To optimize your chances to be successful, remember to avoid the following things while facing an interview. Here are six things you should avoid:

1. Don’t be unprepared
If you have decided to attend an interview then remember to always prepare for it, plan it out, and practice to get your best. Today’s job market is extremely tough and in order to get through you need to have a competitive advantage, a good preparation is key to it.

2. Avoid inability to communicate effectively and clearly
It is an important aspect that is checked in an individual during a job interview. If you are nervous on the spot then you can give out weak and wrong signals that may cost you the job. It is always better to practice in advance, what you plan to say.

3. Avoid being too arrogant or aggressive
Don’t act in an ‘I know it all’ attitude. This will not help at all, and may even cost you the job. Always be humble and act in a very careful manner. Being confident is good but see that you don’t get too over confident while talking to your prospective employer.

4. Stay away from making lame excuses for your past failures
If your career graph or anything of the past shows a failure, accept it. Don’t make lame excuses in front of the employers. Let them know that you have understood your mistake and learnt from it, and that you will be doubly careful in your future.

5. Avoid bad mouthing your previous employer
Even if they were not good or you didn’t have good terms with them, never say anything bad about them during your interview.

6. Avoid a poor or limp handshake
A bad handshake can turn people off and give a wrong impression about you. So, remember to shake hand confidently and firmly.

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How to Spot a Lair in the Workplace

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Whilst in conversation with someone at work, have you ever had a feeling that they are not being truthful? For example, you may have been discussing the approach to take with a new project that seems obvious but they may be resisting without being clear on their view point.

Here are four key aspects of body language you can look out for when interacting with a potential liar amongst your work colleagues:

 

1. Hostility

If someone talks with their fist clenched it is a sign of anger or hostility.

2. Nervousness

If you encounter somebody who taps or drums their fingers on a surface, they are showing feelings of nervousness or anxiety.

3. Disagreement

Arms crossed across the chest is a display of defense and protection from an outside source, or may simply indicate that they disagree with what is being said.

4. Not Interested

Of course body language can also let you know if someone is not interested in what you are saying. A hard look or glare can signal louder than actual words.

Can you detect a liar in the workplace?

Body language can help you detect lies! You don’t need to launch a full scale investigation to determine if somebody is being dishonest with you. All you need is some basic understanding in the art of body language to spot someone who is not being honest with you. The simplest way to detect lies is to simply look for signs of discomfort, anxiety, and nervousness.

The inability to look directly into your eyes, fidgeting fingers, shuffling feet, sudden crossing of the arms or legs, glancing around the room, and forced smiles are the most common
clues that someone is lying to you.

Often the volume of a persons voice will become softer than usual when lying, but during a defensive state of mind, they will usually raise their voice. You may also notice speech errors, such as mispronunciation, stuttering, stammering or that they talk faster than normal.

Now, I don’t want to you get paranoid that everyone is lying to you just because they don’t look at you or because they happen to cross their arms when you are talking to them.

The meanings and interpretations of body language are not always true and definitive. Body language involves many gestures and movements that all have to be considered when you are
attempting to interpret your work peers inner thoughts.

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