After a career in public service, it’s time for me to give back. I have learned a lot of lessons in my government career, and some ideas worked, some didn’t. In the last few years, in trying to develop a culture that respects innovation, I have learned to embrace and learn from my ideas that fail. Every single time, this has led me to an idea that worked.
I have managed conferences for nearly 2000 people, and I have spent the last 4 years trying to convince the world that virtual training can be successful, when they are angry that they don’t get to go on “official travel”. I have learned the power of email, the power of social media platforms, and I’ve learned to respect the possibilities that any business can achieve by embracing technology. In the past 3 years, we have built a virtual learning platform that has over 135,000 users. Our users hate change, but I have learned that engaging those users in technology makes it palatable.
Not so long ago (well, it was more than 10 years), I was teaching a training class in Temple, Texas. What was I teaching? I was teaching physicians and nurses how to use the Computerized Patient Record System, a home grown software program that would help VA move to electronic records. Halfway through the class, a female physician was in tears. She had never taken a typing class. She didn’t know how she could embrace this new software. She yelled at me before she ran out of the room in tears. That moment changed me. I had to learn to present technology at the level my audience could handle it. I had to learn not to scare people. In practical terms, I had to teach people to crawl before they could learn to walk. (and just so you know — that was before smart phones and social media! Sometimes I wonder what that physician is doing today!)
Teaching people to integrate technology into their small business is what Farm Girl Marketing Solutions does. We put ourselves in your shoes. We get to know you. We get inside your head, so we can make a social media plan for you, but we also teach you how to be an integral part of that plan. Tutoring and mentoring you in social media is part of our business. Your personality and skills are what makes your business unique, so we need to use and incorporate your personality and your skills to grow your business with social media.
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