Here’s why I ask: I was sitting down with a co-worker this week doing a review when I was alerted to the fact that someone was waiting to speak with me at reception.
I checked my calendar: no appointments.
I wasn’t familiar with the name so I excused myself from the meeting and went to see what was going on. The person waiting for me introduced himself as someone who follows me on Twitter. I recognized his name and asked him if we had an appointment that I’d perhaps forgotten to take note of. He told me we didn’t, but he was in the area and just had to drop by. He started chatting about social media but I excused myself to get back to my meeting.
This person made a good first impression by his social media participation, but the first face-to-face was poorly judged.
Being connected on Twitter is great, but don’t usual business protocols and courtesies still exist in this new social media world? I appreciate spontaneous gestures, but would you drop by a busy manager’s office unannounced and think this was a good way to introduce yourself?
“Never mind all that formality…we follow each other!” And there’s the rub. As with online dating, there’s often a chasm between perception and reality, especially when it comes to the depth of your connection.
(While I’m in the area, I also don’t recommend this spontaneous approach when applying for a job, getting your portfolio in front of me, selling your product or service, or asking for career advice. I’ve had one of each to deal with this month. Without so much as a piece of chocolate cake.)
That’s my WTF for today.
(Like the art at the top? It’s by El Rey and he has some more amazing stuff here.)