3 Steps to Building Your Online Presence With Ron Edmondson

Ron Edmondson is quick to tell you that he is first and foremost a pastor.  And, while that is true, he also has a strong online presence that uniquely qualifies him to talk about social media.  His leadership blog is widely read, and he is active on Twitter and Facebook.

I met Ron online through Twitter, and we began discussing various leadership issues.  Just north of Nashville Ron started one of the fastest growing churches in the U.S.  He recently moved to Kentucky to lead another church.  Before he joined the ministry, Ron was a business owner.  His experiences running a small business, starting and rapidly growing organizations, and leading online were all topics I wanted to ask him in person.

In this nine-minute interview, we discuss:

  • The similarities and differences between leading a business and a church
  • How he has grown a church through the use of technology and social media
  • Why he was an early adopter of the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and blogging
  • How he found his “blogging voice”
  • Mistakes he made along the way

I especially appreciated Ron’s advice to leaders who want to start building an online presence:

Michael Hyatt’s Advice on How to Get Noticed in a Noisy World

In a previous post, Michael Hyatt talked about leadership.  After that discussion, we talked about his new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

The subtitle of the book sums it up well:  “A step by step guide for anyone with something to say or sell.”  It’s a book for small business owners who need to increase their visibility.  It’s a book for aspiring authors who want to publish and sell their book.  It’s a book for anyone who needs to differentiate a product or service and stand out using modern technology.

Michael wrote it because, as a publisher, he would turn away excellent work because the prospective author didn’t have a platform.  Where “Content is king,” he says, “A platform is queen.”  He wanted to write a book that would help people build their own platform.

In the book, five directives are outlined:

1.  Start with wow.

Michael Hyatt on Leadership

Michael Hyatt is the Chairman of Thomas Nelson.  In addition, he is a New York Times best-selling author, a speaker, and a personal friend of mine.  He also runs a hugely popular leadership blog, which consistently is ranked among the top in the world.

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Michael about what he has learned about leaders from his storied career and his social networking experiences.

5 Characteristics of Authentic Leaders

1.  INSIGHT

2.  INITIATIVE

3.  INFLUENCE

4.  IMPACT

5.  INTEGRITY

Michael explained the five characteristics of authentic leaders:

1.  They have insight.

2.  They demonstrate initiative.

3.  They have true influence.

STARTING A BLOG? 13 TIPS TO SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY (What I learned my first 118 days of Blogging)

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Since launching this blog in the last few weeks of 2011, everything has been perfect.  No mistakes.  Nothing I would have done differently.  Everything went exactly as planned.

How I wish!

As a first-time blogger, also new to Twitter, I’ve learned a lot from the experience.  If you’re thinking of starting a blog, here are some ideas for you to consider.  I hope these ideas save you some time, money, and aggravation.

1.  Define your purpose.  Like all successful endeavors, you should be clear about your purpose.  You’ve heard the saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will do.”  That’s true.  What are you trying to do?  What will you write about? What’s your goal?

Why You Shouldn’t Avoid Twitter Any Longer

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Twitter claims over 100 million users.  You can’t watch much television without hearing about this social media behemoth.  The U.S. Republican presidential debates (is it just me or are there more debates than ever?) even have questions coming from Twitter.  I’ve seen CNN randomly scrolling tweets on the bottom of the screen like a stock ticker tape.