With a week to go to the Health and Care Innovation Expo I’m delighted to have a guest post from my co-presenter at the Pop-up University, Dominic Stenning aka @Patient_Leader. We’ll be running a session on social media:
Only one week to go until the Expo that I’m presenting at with @VictoriaBetton. Both Victoria and I love our social media and know just how valuable a tool it can be for sharing ideas and more importantly, building relationships.
If you’re honest, genuine and open to other people’s views then, in my experience, you have nothing to fear from Twitter. Yes it will challenge your thinking and yes you won’t agree with everyone, but that doesn’t mean you have anything to fear.
On the whole if you stick to the rule ‘you are what you tweet’ – such as being considerate – then you can only get the very best social media has to offer.
Building relationships and networking in general is what it’s all about. My advice is get stuck in and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. We’re a forgiving bunch on Twitter and if you get something wrong, just say sorry and if the other person doesn’t understand, then that’s their problem. We all make mistakes or say something without thinking, on the whole you will not only learn from it but make new friends in the process, as I have.
My life has significantly changed since using social media (Mainly Twitter) and that’s mainly to do with following up online relationships with real life meet ups. I’ve ended up working with various healthcare professionals and also making friends with people who are also passionate about healthcare.
I’m looking forward to Expo and really hope you join our exciting & fun session at the Pop-up University!