The Lead WIth Giants (LWG) group focuses on leadership and personal development issues as a collaborative group of folks across several networking platforms and in an interesting and engaging series of ways. I have found these folks to be warm, welcoming, and passionate about injecting humanity and purpose into our daily work, regardless of setting or level.
They do this “TweetChat“ thing every Monday night … a theme-based, fast-paced, focused discussion using the hashtag #LeadWithGiants to create a ton of professional sharing and connection for sixty of the fullest minutes you will probably spend this week.
The theme for this week’s LWG TweetChat is “Finding Common Ground”. Join us have never participated in a TweetChat, you have a great opportunity this evening at 6 PM CT to experience one … 🙂
If you have participated in a TweetChat already, you already know the following, but if you have not yet sampled this unique form of online information-sharing, here is how to join in:
- You need a Twitter account to participate
- Go to TweetChat.com and enter that hashtag “#leadwithgiants” to join the discussion at 6 PM CT.
- You will start to see tweets from the moderators and participants appearing on your screen.
TweetChats are text-based guided discussions with the moderators asking Questions and participants contributing Answers or the more traditional framework of a featured speaker providing content and the audience asking questions and responding to the speaker’s content.
If the TweetChat is a Question and Answer format, the questions are usually posed as such: “Q1: How do you think leaders BEST serve their followers?”. Your responses should also include a tag, as in: “A1: By providing an appropriate wine choice to go with their chosen dinner entree and suggesting dessert afterward.“. As the numbers change, just match your response to the question to which you are responding.
SOME HANDY TIPS (NOT an inclusive list):
- Do not try to read or respond to every tweet … you will sink into despair.
- Do try to Retweet (click the circling arrows and Favorite (click the star below the tweet). This is a surprisingly easy way to engage and become one with the flow.
- Do Use the “Pause Stream” button on the TweetChat webpage to catch your breath every so often (see the graphic with the red arrow for site of this button).
4. This is a Twitter-based format, so brevity is important. Think in terms of micro-contributions and comments, rather than comprehensive and complete statements … unless you have the gift of being able to clearly state complex thoughts in less than 140 characters, including spaces and hashtags.
Note: Hashtag #LeadWithGiants uses 15 of the 140 spaces you have for a Tweet.
If you seek professional connections and want to build your Twitter audience, this is a fertile source of thoughtful and engaged professionals, gathered in one place. You can easily identify who you wish to connect with and add them to your Twitter list. If you take part, they probably will add you to their Twitter following as well.
Later this week, we will talk about Blab beta, a fairly new platform which adds the immediacy and visual impact of video to sharing and collaboration. Our weekly TweetChats are often followed by Blabs, where folks can continue to discuss the topic in a somewhat less frenetic atmosphere … just not THIS week.
Many other handy techniques and functions are available on both Twitter and the TweetChat applications, but these are the ones I wish someone had told me about before my first TweetChat.
What is YOUR favorite Twitter or TweetChat function or shortcut?
Preparing for a fast-paced hour of professional sharing and connection in the Heartland ….
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Twitter and Tweetchat Screenshots by me