I can't do social media. I can't twit, twot, bird thing. I can't do a live broadcast that streams around the world. I can't Twitterface on the interweb. All beliefs I held 9 months ago. All beliefs I held to be true. All beliefs that had you asked the people who used to work with me and my friends and family they'd have nodded in agreement. Yep Michala can't do any of that.
Well it was a lie. The truth is I had no desire to do it or to learn until last year therefore I was right I couldn't, wouldn't and didn't. I didn't see the point. Actually, I'd go as far as to say I conscientiously objected to it!
Fast Forward 9 months and I'm a Finalist for On Line Bizmum of the Year. How the heck did that happen?
Well it happened because I had a desire to take my coaching practice further and to meet more like-minded ladies. It happened because I wanted to fulfil my mission to support women make positive changes in their lives, sod the shoulds and enjoy a quiet revolution of women defining success for themselves.
I started by joining a few groups. The Girls Mean Business (invaluable advice for women starting in business), Women Inspiring Women (extraordinary women doing fabulous things everyday) to name a few.
I hit a wall and needed my arse kicking. Somehow, I found the fabulous, no nonsense Kat Loterzo .
I stumbled on an online Merseyside networking opportunity and was presented with an opening to host Bizmums Southport through Beckie and Michelle Childs. One month, I was asked if I'd host the online networking for Merseyside. Did I know what to do? Did I tell myself I can't. Of course I did. But in the next breath I said, 'I can find out how and give it a go'. So, I did. I really enjoyed it.
As I started to gain confidence one of the mums from school said have you heard of the Twitter Hours. Err no. I can't tweet. But that night I said 'I can check it out'. I went on to #seftonhour and had no idea what I was doing. How to retweet? I can't. OOh I can. How to DM someone? I can't. OOH I just did.
I started to build up my own Facebook following on my page and increased this through creating challenges, which became The Solution Focused Sisterhood, beautiful women who work together to gain mind sets that work for them. At this point, I started to say more often than not, 'I can do this'.
I stumbled upon Periscope (wtf coaching!!! LOL)
Live streaming to the world. My best friend laughed hilariously and said 'perfect you love constant chat.' She's right. I do. LOL
Ok, my first few scopes had about 3 people join me and one of those said 'Open boobs' (what does that mean?), however, I met 3 tribes I am proud to be a part of.
#PeriNewbies, we support people who are scared to scope get in front of the camera. Our wonderful founder Mary Joy has the biggest heart and fastest typing fingers ever and a team of inspiring volunteer mentors, who are now 'virtual' friends.
#Peri10k. An inspirational group of collaborators, change makers and thought leaders led by the feisty, creative and completely gorgeous Katya.
Finally, the sensational Susie. A tour de force when it comes to anti bullying on line and body positivity. Her most loyal champion Melo who is creating light out of the darkness of losing her baby girl. Campaigning daily to rid the world of hate.
All strong women with incredible vision. Why wouldn't I hang around with them instead of watching TV? It is an addictive, alternative universe though, so be warned! There are too many amazing people to mention here, but it's a fantastic on line, global community and I'm proud to be contributing to it.
Two months later, I'm a Finalist for Bizmums. I'm doing #southporthour, I've been interviewed on blab.im (when I didn't even know what it was!) and celebrating #Peri10k two month anniversary, I've got a growing group of ladies in my Solution Focused Sisterhood.
Do I know all the 'correct' uses of social media? No.
Do I mistakes and still not know how to tag people etc? Yes
AM I any good with SEO or using my analytics? No.
Can I learn? Yes if I want to I will. (More likely I'll outsource that bit, I like the social in social media. LOL )
Do I show up daily and support women? Yes. Yes I do.
The question I ask you is, 'What can you do?'
If you have any can'ts, how can you get started doing something your heart desires?
Keep it simple.
1. Make a list of the cans. I can....
2. Turn them into I wills. I will... plus date when.
Then into I dids. I did......Hurray!!!
If you get stuck you can always contact me.
What can't you do at the moment? How can you do it?
Let me know below.