5 Social Media Vows to Make Fall 2011 GREAT!

It is almost the end of August!!

Time is flying by, and at work, we are talking about the Fall Push! Crazy because it feels like I still have an AWFUL lot to learn.

One fantastic thing that I have learned from almost everyone I consider to be a mentor –

set goals and meet them!

Breaking up the calendar into smaller portions makes goals reachable.  For the fall, I have made 5 vows, yes vows – and those are pretty serious!  These may spark some of your own goals, you may want to do more, you may want to do less.  But setting a goal that can be reached is an important step, once you break through that goal… on to the next one!

This fall is going to be great!

First step in completing a goal - writing it down.

1. Tweet a unique person every day –
Challenge: Sometimes I feel timid and think that the person won’t value my opinion
Solution: Get rid of the fear!  If the person gives a cold shoulder, then you’ll be right where you were before you contacted them.

2. Find one new, relevant blog
to follow each week –
Challenge: Carving out time to find a ‘relevant’ blog.  It is easy to say – “I’ll research later!”
Solution: Mark it in your schedule!

3. Blog twice a week – at least
Challenge: Most of the time when I put off blogging it is because I feel like I don’t have interesting content to put out there for readers.
Solution: Just like #1 – get rid of the fear! You will grow as a writer by writing.  Keep at it, keep the conversation flowing, and creativity will follow.

4. Post an article for our MillennialChat group once a week –
Challenge: LinkedIn is not usually in the forefront of my mind.
Solution: Put it on the schedule as a reminder and let it become a habit to check LinkedIn

5. Make one video post per month –
Challenge: Starting! A lot of the time, I think too much and get in my way of just STARTING.
Solution: Hijack the Nike slogan and JUST DO IT!

Have you set any goals for yourself  lately?
Have you met your yearly goals already and need to take the next step?
What is the biggest obstacle that you have encountered in reaching your goals?

National Health Center Week – A Spirit Week for Grown-ups

It is the third day of  National Health Center Week 2011.  A week that happens every second week of August that allows Federally Qualified Health Centers, Health Center Look-a-Likes, Community Health Centers and all others who provide primary care for the underserved to celebrate.

I had my first taste of NHCW yesterday by joining HealthNet staff at 3 different locations for staff appreciation lunches.  Last year, we didn’t do much for Health Center Week, but my experience at the P&I Forum and more specifically the Advocacy Leadership Program gave me a sense of pride and appreciation for all health center staff members.  So, we got to do SOMETHING! This is OUR week, the President said so!

So, I hope by now you have noticed that calling National Health Center Week a Spirit Week for Grownups was not meant in a bad way.

photo by RobotSkirts

Remember back in high school when you had the entire week leading up to the homecoming football game devoted to showing spirit for your school.  Usually you got the whole week out of uniform or even had themed days like Come as You Are Day (everyone wear your pajamas!).

National Health Center Week is just that, a special week out of the year where you get to do things a little different, hold a celebration picnic or a series of staff lunches so that staff don’t have to pack their lunch or have a legislator speak to staff about the importance of health centers.

This Spirit Week for Health Centers is a good thing and every health center throughout the nation should partake.  It could be as small as sending out a daily email to all staff reminding them that it IS National Health Center Week.  After the week is over, staff will be energized for the BIG GAME, which in the grown up world lasts longer than a Friday night.

In the theme of Spirit Week – here is a word from one of our cheerleaders! Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. (I hope she doesn’t mind me calling her a cheerleader)