Or better yet, how much do you want me to know of you?
Who are all these people?
As I travel through this crazy social media world I am noticing some patterns. And this is probably more indicative to the ‘social’ crowd I currently hang with so my observation might be somewhat limited.
There are certain topics that usually don’t get a lot of play. The big two, religion and politics which can be dicey in any social setting, and family and jobs.
As we try to be socially acceptable or politically correct, some of these topics probably need to be left on the back burner. However, I’m curious enough to want to know more than just what I see on the surface.
Who signs your paycheck?
It seems to run the gamut from the very obvious, social media is the impetus of their existence to the purely personal and all points in between.
But sometimes it is hard to tell because no one really talks about it. To the tweeners, what are you doing during the day when you are not online? I’m guessing for many you are trying to find a way to make social media work for you, but you still have another job to put food on the table.
If you are curious, I am a commercial insurance broker/agent with @LanierUpshaw . My specialty is larger accounts who typically are interested in non-traditional financing, risk sharing; essentially self-insured with some protection.
We coordinate setting up captive, large deductible, or retrospective rating programs for these entities and charge a fee for our service. That is how I get paid. It is not unusual for these accounts to have premiums in excess of $2-3 million dollars. Big number, huh?
The good news is, it is sustainable income; I don’t wake up January 1 having to start all over again. I am on straight commission and have never had a ‘guaranteed’ paycheck. I also have never had two paychecks the same; ever.
Who is the rest of your team?
I am married and have been for 28+ years. Even though my wife thinks this online involvement is foolishness, she tolerates it up to a point.
I have two sons; one is a prosecuting attorney in Ft Myers, Fl and the other is in Ft Myers as well with his brother and looks like he will try to pursue a career in insurance like his dad.
Was that too personal? Do you even care? I just didn’t want you to think I’m on an island out here all by myself.
What about this social media?
In my world of sales it is all about visibility, getting known and credibility. My involvement in social media is very similar to how I interact in real life. As I grow this, I will be using it for the same purpose; giving people the opportunity to get to know me.
There might not be a single person in my current network I will ever do business with. However, you might know someone I would like to meet and vice versa. You know me, who my connections are, I might be in a position to make an introduction for you as well.
What are you trying to get out of social media? Do you feel you have been successful so far; making progress? If you are sitting here one year from now and doing the same thing, would you consider your efforts successful?
Let me close
Yes, this was a post about ‘me’ and I apologize; but I hope if you feel compelled to share your story I would love to hear it.
Everybody has their own place; their struggles; their successes and dreams and I would like to know what’s working for you.