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Meaningful Interactions

I spend most of every day at my computer. Emails, social media, research, writing press releases, more emails.

Then, I leave work and dive into my personal emails and social networks at home. Repeat Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Boring, right? Lately, I feel like my series of meaningful face-to-face interactions are limited and my time behind a computer is becoming more and more. How “real” can that be? When, then, do we discover our passions, interests and talents–the things that ultimately shape our personal brand?

I ask you:

How many times a day do you check your email?
How many times have you felt the need to log into a social network, or write a tweet, just for the sake of being present?

I love social media, and I’ve written a lot about it: here, here, and here. So have other Student Branding contributors. Social media provides an excellent set of tools and resources for meeting people and discovering information. But that’s what they are: tools.

I’m not discounting the value of social media, the relationships it bridges or the interactions it facilitates. I am challenging you to think about how you spend the hours in a day, and how much of that time is spent engaging in face-to-face, meaningful interactions. The kind you walk away from with a smile on your face and that left an impression on you.

I challenge you to find meaningful interactions on a regular basis. Remove yourself from your computer, from technology, and build face-to-face relationships. Inspire and grow your personal brand through your interactions with others. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, and your inbox will still be there when you come back.

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Cassie is a May 2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison Ag Journalism graduate. She recently joined SPARK Advertising in Neenah, Wis. as a full-time public relations specialist. Find Cassie on TwitterBrazenCareerist, and LinkedIn.

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2 Responses to “Meaningful Interactions”

  1. Cassie,
    I agree, it is easy to get stuck in our own private world and forget about the bigger picture. Cultivating meaningful relationships is what life is all about. Sometimes we forget that. Be a giver, not a taker. Participate and engage to truly enjoy the experience of life (how hokey that sounds)!
    Obviously you get the importance of face to face interaction, keep spreading the word!

  2. avatar Cassie Holman says:

    Thanks for your thoughts! (not at all hokey)

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