I like to guest blog. I like to participate in forums and boards that other people host. I get to meet and talk to people that I would otherwise not encounter. This just happened to me again the other day. I am a part of Dr. Shannon Reece’s panel of women business experts who lend their advice, opinions and experience to her weekly questions blog. It is a great board. Our answers are different and intelligent, and very real. None of us write as though we are trying to advise people; we write from our own experiences and the ways in which we have integrated them. From this week’s question I received an email from someone who gave me a better solution to my answer.
The question was:
What’s on Your Business Christmas Wish List?
My wish list would be for an assistant who is a clone of me. Many days I feel like I need two or three of myself in order to get things done. It is easy to get excited and commit to a project and not truly take into account the time commitment. So if I could clone myself, or find a reasonable facsimile, I could take on all the projects I want!
A man who read the post came to the website, filled out the contact form, and emailed me. He said that what would actually be better would be someone with complimentary skills rather than a clone of me. I wrote back and told him that I agree with him. Ultimately having a compliment and a clone would be ideal because then I could busy myself with touring museums in Europe while my compli-clone did everything I could ever dream!
What was great about this interaction was that it began a conversation. He signed up for my newsletter , wrote to tell me that he had done so, and told me that he was not sure I would have applicable Twitter tips. I started following his Twitter and then started talking to him about his Twitter account for his site (Fit Packing).
Our conversation is continuing, all over email. As strange as it sounds it feels like email has become the lost medium. I rarely network over email anymore. Most of my networking is done through Facebook and Twitter…mostly through Twitter. It is nice to be reminded that email remains a very valuable tool and should not be written off.