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Six Twitter Chats That Will Improve Your Social Media Knowledge

By Cheval John

Photo courtesy of stock images

Photo courtesy of stock images

When I first started using Twitter in 2011, I had went in with the wrong mindset of only sharing my work on the social media platform.

I knew that the platform was a great way for anyone to grow their blogs, businesses and personal brands.

I thought that if I followed people, I would get back a follow.

However, I did not get back a follow from the masses.

The only ones who had followed me were the people I had knew personally during my time as an undergraduate student.

I had continued to operate with the mentality of a taker for over a year on Twitter until October of 2012.

At that time, I had moved my website from the WordPress.com to a self-hosted site using the WordPress.org software.

In that moment, it hit me that if I wanted to gain new followers, I had to engage with the people.

So I started engaging with people on Twitter and sharing quality content that I believed would make people’s lives better.

Then last year, I heard about Twitter chats and decided to check them out.

Since then, I have been participating in so many Twitter chats and learning new concepts regarding social media, job hunting, the best blogs, etc.

Also, you will see the same people in so many of the chats that you will establish strong friendships that can allow you to be more successful at the next level.

This is something that many businesses are missing out on because “it is a focus group” that will cost them nothing.

Now that you know about Twitter chats, the question is, “Which of the chats are the right fit for me?

Though there are many Twitter chats out there, here are six chats that will be worth your time:

1. #BlogChat
Hosted by Mack Collier, this chat showcases the different trends that is going on in the blogosphere. Occassionally, they will be guest who share their blogging expertise.
The chat happens every Sunday night at 9 p.m. eastern, 8 p.m. central.

2. #BizHeroes
Hosted by Kelly Hungerford (ambassador) and Magda A. Torres of Paper.Li, the chat discusses topics about connecting with your audience and the different trends in social media. It is on Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. eastern, 1 p.m. central.

3. #MillennialTalk
Hosted by Chelsea Krost, Millennial Talk highlights topics that has an impact on the Millennial generation. Chelsea has guests on the chat and it happens every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. eastern, 7 p.m. central.

4. #sbizhour
Hosted by Brian Fanzo and Rachel Miller, #sbizhour chats about how brands can build a loyal following through authenticity and trust. They have guests ranging from CEOs to community managers who have succeeded in building their audience. The unique thing is people can watch the chat live on Google Hangout. The chat is every Monday at 4 p.m. eastern, 3 p.m. central.

5. #cmgr
The #cmgr chat is in the same category as #sbizhour because it is a Google Hangout in addition to be a Twitter chat. It is hosted by “MY Community Manager Team.” and every week, they have a different panel of guests who are community managers themselves. The chat is on Fridays at 2 p.m. eastern, 1 p.m. central.

6. #jobhuntchat
If you are looking for a job because you were laid off or a recent college graduate, you should participate in #jobhuntchat. The chat talks about different ways to stand out from your “competition.” The best part is that you can build friendships with people who are human resource professionals because they are in the chat. The chat is every Monday night at 10 p.m. eastern, 9 p.m. central.

What are your favorite Twitter chats and did I leave out any chats from this list? You can leave your comment below.

Rebounding From Defeat

By Cheval John

Photo courtesy of Stuart Miles

Photo courtesy of Stuart Miles

A person will experience a defeat at one point in their lives.

When they do experience the defeat, they have two choices: stay down or get back up.

If you stay down, you will be sending a message that the adversity is too much for you to overcome.

It might be easy because you do not have to try again to fulfill your dreams of being successful to make a difference in the world.

However, you will end up feeling regret because you chose to wallow in your defeat.

On the other hand, when you get back up and try again, you will be a step closer to fulfilling your goals.

You will see your momentary defeats or setbacks as life lessons that will help you to avoid making the mistakes that led to your defeat.

For example, the Sam Houston State Bearkats team suffered their first ever defeat in Southland Conference (SLC) action against arch-rival Stephen F. Austin on their home court at Johnson Coliseum on January 24th.

The Bearkats could have decided to feel sorry for themselves because of their loss to the undefeated (SLC) conference leaders.

Instead, they regrouped and strung together three straight wins including the 79-50 win against Lamar to remain in second place in the SLC with a 9-1 record (17-5 overall).

So if you get knocked down by defeat, get back up.

Because you will inspire others to keep on chasing their dreams to make the world a better place.

Don’t Cry When Things Don’t Go Your Way

By Cheval John

If you feel that things are not going your way, celebrate because the adversity can be a way for you to discover your strengths.

You might have aspired to play professional baseball, but had a injury that derailed your dreams.

Or wanted to work at a prestigious company, but they did not take any interest in you.

Though they are “devastating” events, it was a blessing in disguise because you were meant to do more with your life.

When I started college late in 2003 at 22 years old, I felt that I was behind everyone who were about to graduated with their college degrees.

I was thinking that if I had started college immediately after moving to Huntsville, Texas, then I would have been able to graduate at the same time as the others.

I had made up my mind that I was going to try and graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree as fast as I could.

Though I enjoyed college, making friends and learning my second language as Spanish major, I was constantly comparing myself to others who were making money in their jobs because of their degrees while I was working in the fast food industry during my time as an undergraduate.

When I finally graduated in 2009 from Sam Houston State via Lone Star College (gained Associate Degree in 2007), I thought I was going to join the work force because of the degrees.

However, I was wrong as I had graduated in the middle of the “Great Recession” and I was looking for work because I had quit the last fast food job.

I was angry, feeling sorry for myself and blaming people because I thought if I had only started college before 2003, I would not have been in this position in looking for a job.

At that moment thanks to my parents, I understood that I had a lot to be thankful for because I had achieved my college degrees despite graduating high school with a 1.9 G.P.A. that prevent most people from attending college.

If I had graduated in 2003, I would have missed out on the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in public relations, journalism, television, and radio.

Also, I would have missed out on covering Sam Houston State football consecutive national championship appearance in Frisco, Texas, the baseball team winning three consecutive Southland Conference Championships and three at-large berths in the NCAA tournament and of course, the Bearkat bowling team winning the school’s first ever, NCAA Division 1 National Championship.

So celebrate your failures because they are the lessons that will guide you to your eventual goals that will allow you to make the world a better place.

The World Is Our Oyster

By Cheval John

Photo Courtesy of khunaspix

Photo Courtesy of khunaspix

As today is the last day of Natalie Sisson’s 15 Days To Freedom Blog Challenge, I want to say that it was an honor and a priviledge to participate in this blog challenge with many others from around the world.

It was a fun challenge because of the discipline of putting out quality blog posts everyday during this challenge.

As I mentioned in the first day of the challenge, I was blogging consecutively from the first day of this month because I thought that Natalie’s blog challenge was a 30-day blog challenge.

I guess you can call me an over-achiever.

However, I needed to start the year off right and blogging everyday was the right energy booster to make sure that 2015 was the breakout year for me.

You can look through this website and see all of the post that was written during Natalie’s blog challenge.

My favorite blog challenge was Day 14, “What’s One Thing You Are Going To Do To Make You Feel Alive And Be A Tourist In Your Hometown?” #paraphrased.

The reason why I loved that blog challenge was because I love to travel and I feel that the world is out there for everyone to explore.

The thing is that there is no excuse for anyone not to travel because the internet has given us the opportunity to run an online business from anywhere in the world.

You might think that you do not have the time to travel because of your work.

The truth of the matter is that we are heading towards a time where the majority of workers will either be self-employed or remote workers.

According to this article by Meghan M. Biro in Forbes, 30 to 45 percent of employees work from home.

What this means is that a person does not have any excuse on why they can’t travel the world.

If you are looking for inspiration on running a business from anywhere in the world or you want to work remotely, you can follow Ms. Sisson’s blog, “The Suitcase Entrepreneur.”

Ms. Sisson is the shining example for anyone who wants to run an online business from anywhere in the world.

If you agree or disagree with this post, you can leave a comment below.

Setting Some Time For Yourself

By Cheval John

Photo courtesy of 2nix.

Photo courtesy of 2nix.

This post is in response to Natalie Sisson’s question, “What One Thing You Do Each Day To Get More You Time This Year?” #paraphrased.

It is part of Natalie’s “15 Day To Freedom Blog Challenge”

The blog challenge is very close to being over, so if you still want to join, you can visit here.

However, you will have a really tough task of catching up.

People have different hobbies that allows them to relax and recharge from their work.

Whether it is going for a walk, spending time with their friends or even going to the rodeo, these activities will keep them from burning out.

The one thing I will do to get some me time is sightseeing at airports twice a month.

The reason is because it allows me to relax and enjoy the view of airplanes landing and taking off.

I love traveling because it allows me to experience new cultures and see how people live differently from the way you live in your hometown.

Sightseeing at airports is one way for me to see the possibilities of travel.

What is the one thing you will do each day to get more you time? You can leave your comments below.