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Why Authenticity is so important in Social Media?

images-2Whether your business is called “X-Y-Z” doesn’t matter at the end of the day whether You know it or not, YOU are the brand. Whoever is the creator of any company is the person people want to know more about.

 

So why is authenticity so important and how much of my life should I be sharing with my followers?

Think of it this way the more you share of yourself the more people get to know who you are, people are curious by nature.  Share the what, why, when, how, where and who of yourself, company, and brand.

Here are some things to share:

  • Share Your passions. What do you love to do, hobbies, etc.
  • Share a bit about your family. This tells people a bit about your belief systems and values
  • Share where you began and where you are now, this tells people what you have gone through and accomplished which establishes trust and connection.
  • Post engaging thought provoking questions
  • Post a picture quote and then ask an engaging thought provoking question
  • Show your personality
  • Post pictures of yourself doing enjoying your passions and hobbies
  • Post pictures of yourself working
  • Share stories from trips and experiences, both personal and business
  • Be wiling to share valuable tips
  • Support others, however… make sure those that you are sharing or supporting know their content, and what types of things they post etc.
  • Be willing and able to refer people you trust that you yourself have done business with

Question for You – Where do you go to find resources, the yellow pages, the internet, or to your tribe? Personally, I trust my tribes recommendations, and I also ask the person who is referring me somebody if they have personally done business of any kind with that person – This is key.

When I refer anything to a client, whether it be a speaker, book, program, course etc. I ONLY refer things I myself have done, know, explored, met, read etc… This is being authentic.

Question for you – Why should anyone listen to your referrals if you, yourself haven’t gone thru the process of whatever it is you are referring ?

Example: That would be like a priest who  has never been married or had children, counseling others on marriage and children.

The more transparent you are, the more authentic you are, the more trust and connection you build with others. We are a culture of technology, we are a culture of automation, thus we have a culture of people starving for CONNECTION. 

Example: Did You know that if You put a baby in an incubator and it gets fed, changed etc… meaning all of its life support needs are met, that if the baby also doesn’t get touched, loved, held, talked to it has a higher percentage of chances of death.  Humans are designed to couple, connect, engage, emote, and the more authentic you are the more you are connecting to your customers, followers, family, friends.

Be Your Authentic Self

 

Realize that people are drawn to certain people for a reason. You never know who is waiting to hear exactly what You have to say, share, teach, sell, etc. Don’t hold back, put it all on the line, failures, successes, moment of reflection, moments of I don’t knows, to golden nugget “Aha” moments of transformation.

Social Media is a global connection, use it to your advantage and use it authentically.

To your Success.

   
Carol Dodsley
What a great article - Being authentic and being yourself is one of the things I always always tell people to do and to let their personality shine through in everything they do.... People love people. Great post Carly :)
Carly Alyssa Thorne
Thanks Carol for sharing your thoughts with us, and Yes people LOVE people indeed. Have a great week
Harold Gardner
Folks are hungry for authenticity in today's plastic world. Authenticity breeds trust, and that credibility can be a powerful force.
Carly Alyssa Thorne
Agreed Harold, Thanks for sharing your thoughts, a very powerful force.
Michael Haupt
Great post, Carly! Love the mention of the baby that only thrives when there is connection - in our always-connected world, that's what I think people start to miss: genuine empathy and connection. Love it!
Carly Alyssa Thorne
Thanks for Sharing Your thoughts Michael, I hope You have an amazing day.... and Yes in a world where we have sooo many tools to connect to one another technology wise on some level we are further apart...
Corey Jahnke
The more open and truthful you are with others the more your personal power grows. As we shrink and hide from our true selves we are less and less able to fool ourselves about the quality of our character. Great post Carly please keep up the good work!
Carly Alyssa Thorne
Thank You Corey for sharing your thoughts. Absolutely agree with You, the more transparent we are the more we connect with people the more we are able to help and lead others.
Bob Burg
Terrific article by one of the most AUTHENTIC people I know!
Carly Alyssa Thorne
Why Thank Bob, Coming from You that is quite the honor... So blessed to know You, learn from you and more... Have a fabulous Sunday and a Amazing new Week.
Eric Hearn
Great article
Carly Alyssa Thorne
Thanks Eric, hope it provided some value to You, have a great Sunday
Tanya Lacy
Carly, thank-you for this article on Authenticity. Fear of what others think, is often the obstacle. Interestingly the very thing that stops us from expressing is the thing that will attract the right tribe. Awesome work. Thank-you for showing up 'authentically' very inspiring! <3
Carly Alyssa Thorne
Thank You Tanya, I strive for authenticity every day... Life is always going to be full of challenges the key is what we do with them...
Jason Wagner
As is always the case, an epic read! These are all good points worth bringing up, but I especially like the show your personality...too many people alter themselves in an unsavory way.
Carly Alyssa Thorne
I agree Jason hands down people want to know the REAL YOU, not the fake You... Have a fabulous Sunday.
Michelle Gilstrap
Excellent article and Yes, I value those referral by people I know too. I agree with every point Carly. Thank you.
Carly Alyssa Thorne
Thanks for sharing Your thoughts with us Michelle, referrals are the best, have a great week.
Miriam Slozberg
Great article once again Carly Alyssa Thorne and agreed. If anyone in my tribe refers someone to me, I would trust that over any other recommendation I would get from elsewhere.
Carly Alyssa Thorne
Thanks Miriam for sharing and yes referrals from those we know far outweigh any other referrals.
 
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