Do you ever get the feeling that you live in two separate worlds?
There is a digital world, where everyone is crazy, bad mouths people they disagree with and generally act like their emotions are the psychological equivalent of too small underpants?
And then there is a face-to-face world where people are friendly, considerate, and tend to hold the door and smile at you as you pass.
This is the world where people sometimes go “Ohh I see we disagree on this important issue. Can I buy you a coffee and hear your side of things?”
That latter world is pretty great. It’s also - and I know some will disagree here - where ninety percent of encounters happen. Maybe not with a coffee invitation, but with acceptance.
(If you do disagree, I’d love to buy you a coffee and hear your side of things. Let me know when you’re in Copenhagen.)
Unfortunately for us humans, our psychology seems to dictate that one scorpion in a bowl of cherries makes the whole bowl worthless. And one cherry in a bowl of scorpions doesn’t do anything to offset the intense no thank you-feeling.
But the internet is everywhere and so incredibly easy to use, that it often becomes the first stop for anything we want to know. We need to act accordingly. And remove any scorpions - or bad reviews, comments, or erroneous information that may sting the meeting planner.
Always expect meeting planners and conference organizers to google you before committing to anything. But how?
We asked Sameer Somal
- a speaker on online reputation management from New York - what actionable advice he’d give his fellow speakers.