With the launch of Dare, Dream, Do just 30 days away, I am grateful for media opportunities. Cave Henricks and Shelton Interactive, both affiliated with my publisher Bibliomotion, have been tremendously helpful in this regard, as has Weaving Influence, who kindly introduced me to Lolly Daskal who has nearly 300,000 Twitter followers -- no that is NOT a typo. Each Tuesday (8-9pm ET) Lolly hosts the Lead From Within (#leadfromwithin) tweetchat, drawing thousands of people to tweet.
Because I'm a bit of a newbie, and perhaps you are too, here's how a tweetchat works.
At the appointed hour (Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 8 pm ET) visit tweetchat.com. After you sign in with Twitter, you can enter the hashtag for the chat (#leadfromwithin.) When you use tweetchat.com, you will be able to easily scan the fast stream of tweets during the hour.
Get ready for questions and answers. Lolly will post ten questions during the hour, designated by Q1, Q2, etc. The questions for my chat with Lolly will center on daring, dreaming, and doing. For example, Q1 is Why is it important to dream? If you want to answer a question, begin your tweet with A1, A2, etc. The tweetchat application will automatically add the hashtag #leadfromwithin to your tweets, enabling the other participants to find and read your tweets easily.
You might feel overwhelmed. Feel free to observe. The pace of the chat is fast. If you’re new to Twitter, especially, you might feel dazed by the bombardment of interaction and information. Read what you can and join in if you are comfortable.
Share and encourage others. One thing I love about Lolly’s tweetchat is the way that participants affirm others’ insights and ideas. People regularly retweet one another, adding encouraging words like “+1” or “Yes!” Many ideas are repeated multiple times. Join the fun and retweet others; you can also retweet questions, to make sure people see them and you can retweet answers.
If you’re a power tweeter, ration your tweets. A friend of mine discovered that there is a limit to how many tweets you can send each day when she sent 112 tweets in an hour and got locked out of her account 45 minutes into the chat. If you think you may do this, slow down. You want to reserve some tweets so you can continue the conversation during the after-hour.
Stick around. The minutes after the tweetchat, the after-hour, are a great time to socialize, make connections, and continue the conversation. Don’t rush away at 9 o’clock; stay around if you can and enjoy the magic and serendipity of meeting like-minded people.
If last week was any indication, Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 8 pm ET will be fun.
I'd love to have you join us.
Have you ever participated in a tweetchat?
With the advent of Twitter and Facebook, have you noticed that you think more in sound bites than you used to?
If you were to promote a book, what would be your favorite medium?
P.S. Lolly generously wrote a blurb for the book.
“Whitney Johnson maps out a masterpiece for women that is filled with wisdom, strategies, fascinating stories, and all that matters most in life. She takes us on a journey as we learn to express our dreams, embrace our powers, and expand our hearts. Dare, Dream, Do is an incredible book. I want to give this book to every woman I know.”