Connecting in person

21 Jan

Shashi Bellamkonda from Network Solutions gave the keynote yesterday at Washington Women in PR’s annual luncheon. Here is a link to his presentation, which is well worth a read if you work in PR and/or social media.  He spoke about the importance of establishing connections, in person when possible. He’s absolutely right. Too many people substitute an email or my least favorite, a text, for a phone conversation or an in-person meeting.  I have said it before on this blog but it bears repeating: people do business with people.

Recently, I met David Heyman in person. Up to that time, I knew him on Twitter only as @dcborn61.  We have had breakfast together and chatted. We’ve also done business. That is the power of connection.

I first met Shashi as @shashib on Twitter too.  I met him in person at a casual Tweet up and have had the fortune of seeing him at many other events since.

Get to know someone better. Go for coffee or a beer. Try to connect in person–you will get to know each other better.

How do you connect?


2 Responses to “Connecting in person”


  1. Tweets that mention Connecting in person « Caffeinated ideas and views on marketing communications -- - January 21, 2011

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Shashi Bellamkonda, Richard D. Cushing. Richard D. Cushing said: RT @shashib: "Connecting in person: –link to presentation by @shashib to #WWPR and @dcborn61 mention!" -Thank you @DBMC […]

  2. One thing that will make you stand out « Caffeinated ideas and views on marketing communications - January 30, 2011

    […] People tweet out questions to strangers in the hopes of getting the wisdom of the crowd. But, as we talked about here, people want to connect personally, one to one.  Although we feel more connected, we are more […]

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