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    5 Tips For Women Business Leaders to Add Social Media into Their Lifestyle

    For women business leaders to be truly effective with social media they must integrate it into their lifestyle rather than relegate it to an afterthought. I have found that the more I actively participate, the greater the rewards and impact of my efforts. I actually feel that balancing social media within my daily activities enhances my professional effectiveness.

    Adopting a social media lifestyle may not be for everyone, but Ali GoldField’s list of tips to add social media to your everyday life might give you some ideas:

    1. Coffee and Twitter
      For most of us, a morning cup of coffee is sacred. Try to incorporate tweeting with your morning coffee. Instead of reading the newspaper, read your stream to find interesting articles to share with your followers. If you still need to read the paper, know that most publications these days are online and make sharing with your networks very easy.
    2. Change the way you look at the world
      Instead of walking through your day with blinders on, as most of us do, focused on the tasks we need to get done, try looking at the world with a different set of eyes. Examine everything — images, articles, conversations you have with co-workers — and use it as fodder for posts, blogs and tweets.
    3. Blog on the weekend
      Blogging for business is an important factor to getting found online. It improves our SEO, increases our professional credibility and lets our audience know who we are and how we interact. Blogging can also be the most time consuming part of any social media plan. Save the blogging for the weekend when your schedule is more open.
    4. Set an alarm
      In adopting a social media lifestyle, it works to break your social media plan into bite-sized chunks, making it more manageable during the course of a busy day.  At first, it may take some time to incorporate the social media lifestyle into your work day so setting alarms to remind you to take social media breaks – which are just as necessary as a coffee or bathroom break — can help at the beginning.
    5. Be mobile
      I can’t stress enough how being mobile, whether it’s with an iPad, smartphone or laptop, can help integrate social media into your lifestyle. Whether it’s waiting in line at the bank, riding the bus or taking a five-minute water cooler break, being mobile help you to stay connected, with the ability to tweet or post right at your fingertips.

    Social media is a big part of my life and something I participate in both professionally and personally. For more on adopting social media to grow your business, type  “social media” on the search bar above.

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