Monday night was the MetroImma Shmooze. It was fabulous. We shmoozed all about social media. This was my first time as a panelist, and my first time speaking in public (other than at my sons’ barmitzvahs). I was nervous but as soon as we all started contributing I forgot to think about my nerves. Social Media is a subject close to my heart – and I enjoyed talking about it.
I was a co-panelist along with the many-hat-wearing Jodi Samuels, founder of MetroImma, Ken Krimstein – author and cartoonist of “Kvetch as Kvetch Can” (and owner of an awesome iPad that I totally covet), and the most amazing and wonderful Chaviva Galatz – blogger and social media enthusiast.
Our panel discussion was moderated by the incredible Stephanie Grayson-Zane – who did such a great job that I wish to hire her for any event I ever put together or even to moderate “discussions” between my kids!! (Mazel tov on your new nephew!)
We talked about how we use social media to further our brands, engaging with our audience, who that target audience is, how we balance our real lives with our online activities, as well as many other aspects of social media. We took some questions from the audience as well. We all contributed to the discussion, and hopefully were able to educate people about the benefits of social media.
It was wonderful to meet up with people I had met before, but also to put faces to names of people I have only met online, and to make new connections. Social Media is all well and good when you are in front of the computer all day long, but you need to have face to face time too – it’s just as important as the tweeting and blogging.
The best quote of the night was from Stephanie – “Never Twitter When You’re Bitter”. Words to live by.