How To Be Stellar Online Right Now?
In this post you will learn how to be stellar online right now. In the times of a crisis all kind of extremities lift their ugly head but being part of it can harm your reputation. Keeping your personal image intact and authentic is now more important than ever. So be mindful about your digital presence.
With these practical image consulting tips you can navigate social media daily with kindness and grace during devastating times. Don’t let a silly knee-jerk reaction fail the image of trust and professionalism that you have been carefully building. These times are testing for all of us but showing genuine compassion goes a long way.
Stop Right There
- Spreading hate, hysteria and hoaxes is ignorant and cruel. That share-button can wait while you do the thinking. Is this helpful, or even true? Am I sharing it just to stir things up? Disinformation is said to be the biggest threat to democracy. Hiram Johnson quote from 1918 sums it up well: “The first casualty of war is truth.”
- Eliminate all judgemental, hateful, violent, discriminating, sexist or racist speech from your language today. Full stop, today.
- Disrespecting the privacy of others remains a no-go. Besides, if you are representing your company you might get into trouble with privacy laws of your country.
- Remember that toxic positivity is almost just as bad as being plain toxic. Every situation does not have a silver lining and you don’t have to drain yourself and others looking for one. It’s ok not to be ok.
- Resist the urge to satisfy your curiosity by prying. Those who suffer oppression are not here to educate you. This is a growth journey that you need to take without their input.
- Do not use the crisis as an excuse to spam, exhaust or stalk your connections with unsolicited messages and comments. This applies to both business and private. People are entitled to be uninterested in your agenda.
- Stop supporting celebrities, politicians and public figures who are doing anything mentioned above. Press that unfollow button as a silent protest. These people do not deserve your attention.
Be Stellar Online
- Practice kindness and compassion in your (online) presence. We never know what others are going through and what might trigger them. Allow people their personal space, feelings and privacy.
- Share only factual, accurate, positive (see also note above about toxic positivity) and encouraging stories. Look for the helpers and stand strong in your community. It’s also entirely acceptable to take a break and just switch off for a while.
- Speak from your heart and show originality. Stand out from the mass with poise. The greatest people in history have always been unexceptionally good with words. And the impact of their kindness stretches over generations. This could very well be something that you too would liked to be remembered for.
- Be kind and make people smile -or even laugh. Nobody profits from keeping the atmosphere intentionally gloomy. We all need a little comic relief from time to time.
- When all else fails just stay cool and donate your money, goods or time. Support your local registered charities and minority-owned businesses. It’s also ok to keep these acts of kindness and humanitarian aid entirely to yourself, although many thought leaders like to show good example in public.
- Help others without risking your own mental health and well-being. Leave the really big and scary things to those who are better equipped to do so, ie. crisis experts, doctors, police, government and army. Recklessness shows poor judgement and tendency to knee-jerk reactions.
- Support celebrities, politicians and public figures who are doing anything mentioned above.
- Unicef – unicef.org
- Red Cross – redcross.org
- Amnesty International – amnesty.org
- Doctors Without Borders – doctorswithoutborders.org
Join me in praying for peace in the world 🕊☮️