Recently, one of my career coaching clients really embraced building her social media presence. To cultivate credibility with peers in her industry, she began writing articles offering insights and advice based on her experience and knowledge.
My first thought was, “Great way to pay it forward!” However, I could not help feeling that she had missed an important opportunity to recognize those who’d helped her along the way.
In social media, we all share opinions, facts, and advice. We absorb the information and make it our own. Content inspires us to take the idea further or use it as a launch pad to share our own opinions or insights. Sometimes, however, we forget to reference the original source and credit those who have inspired us.
Just taking that one brief moment to acknowledge the source—be it from an article, contact, or colleague—not only shows good etiquette, but helps us foster trust, strengthen our network relationships and invite others to participate in the conversations our content ignites.
With social media being an open forum, you have a terrific opportunity to publicly recognize, credit and thank those who help you. For the recipient, being appreciated reinforces that he or she is important and making a difference in your life. People remember and value small acts of generosity.
Here are three important sources to thank and acknowledge:
Just like my client, appreciate that none of us does it alone. Show your gratitude, and you will be astounded by the power of a positive feedback loop to forge stronger, more meaningful bonds.
About the author
Susan Baushke is an LHH career transition coach and President of the marketing and career development firm Marketing Sonar™. Susan leverages her Fortune 20 marketing background to build and promote individuals as unique brands. She is a Sherpa for her clients, helping them navigate ambiguity and propelling them along their career journey with confidence.
LHH Philippines helps individuals in building better careers, better leaders and better businesses.
Just taking that one brief moment to acknowledge the source—be it from an article, contact, or colleague—not only shows good etiquette, but helps us foster