The teachers didn’t do this back when I was in high school, but when my children were in those years, they were sometimes allowed to make their own index card cheat sheet. And, they were allowed to use it during a test.
I remember the first time my oldest child told me that. It was the second week of the new school year.
What was my response?
I immediately called the school and talked to that teacher. And yes, she confirmed they were allowed to do it for that test. So, I gave her the benefit of the doubt…well, better said, I suspended judgment.
The result was what I expected: an A+ for my daughter. Of course…she had the answers. What I didn’t expect was what my girl told me: “Dad, I barely used the index card while I took the test, and it was the same for most of the other kids.”
WHY DID IT WORK?
The teacher later told me that since they were so motivated to write as much information as they could on both sides of the index card [in really tiny writing] the students reviewed more and retained a lot more information.
She also explained that to the students so they saw the results of a new way to effectively study for tests, and added: “Just be sure to leave those index cards in your backpacks the rest of the year whenever we start a test. You won’t need them anyway.”
So sometimes I come across a resource that’s so deep and practical in its helpfulness that I pull out an index card and start writing—in really small writing—so I can learn it once without continually forgetting and going back to the resource to learn it again and again.
We’re wired to remember things better when we write them down by hand. Most of us don’t know that [or believe that] so we fail to gain the benefit from putting that knowledge to use (i.e. wisdom).
I found one of those rich kinds of resources this month and I want to share it with you. It’s on the overlapping topics of:
- Growing your online influence
- The effective [and efficient] use of Twitter for sales pros
- Social selling
This resource short-circuits the learning process. It creates a shortcut to achieving your goal of becoming more effective in growing your social media influence for the purpose of more successfully creating quality leads with sales executives.
Carter Hostelley (@carterhostelley) is the CEO and founder of @Leadtail. He wrote this original post: “How Sales Execs Use Twitter,” for @funnelholic; it’s an extended version of the shorter post Hostelley wrote for Leadtail’s blog.
THE BIG IDEA
The big idea of Hostelley’s post is this:
Start by sharing and engaging those publications, brands and people that influence your
target audience. This will put you on the path to becoming influential, too!
WHAT I LIKED
I liked this post because the wisdom shared in these 575 words helps sales professionals, such as yourself, quickly get noticeably more effective in building your online influence via Twitter. It’s like that cheat sheet. Once you get it, you get it.
No more wasted effort on Twitter; you can now be laser-focused.
Hostelley leads off with these words:
“While there may be debate about whether LinkedIn or Twitter is more popular with salespeople, there’s no question that sales executives are becoming more active on Twitter. Why?“
“They understand the power of the micro-blogging platform as a way to monitor, reach, and engage target buyers while also building their personal brand.”
That brings up these two questions, which are answered in the rest of the post:
- How are these sales leaders engaging on Twitter?
- In what ways can you use this information to become more effective on social media for your social selling activities?
The post is then broken down into these sections, and each one is worth writing about on your own cheat sheet:
- How Sales Executives Engage on Twitter
- What Sales Execs Talk About
- Top Publications Sales Leaders Read and Share
- People Most Retweeted by Sales Leaders…and the application section:
- How Sales Professionals Can Use This Data
Some of the top content sources will change over the next few years. But you can be sure any new sources added to the list will present and supply content with elements similar to what today’s sources offer.
Look for those similarities so you too better understand the why of what interests sales executives today and well into the future.
Definitely share this post with a colleague today.
[Reading Time of Hostelley’s Post: 2:30 minutes]
QUESTION ::: How does Hostelley’s post’s information align or differ with what you’ve believed about the habits of sales executive on Twitter?
Let’s talk about it…