ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN APRIL, 2012. REST IN PEACE...
Three Lessons on Social Media From Dick Clark
Three Farmers and Two GeeseDick Clark spent over 60 years in numerous memorable roles from radio to music to television. One of the roles that he is less noted for is entrepreneur; some of Clark's biggest marks on the industry were actually ones he created. Dick Clark was always the 'cool kid'. He wanted to be a part of what was new. In fact, he said that he wished he had been a little younger when the Internet takeover began. In an 1999 interview with James Moll, Clark was asked "How do you describe the start to your professional career?" Clark responded with a story of his first job in the mailroom of a radio station. In the mornings he would sit with disc jockey, Danny Fusco and give the weather forecast for the rural radio network, assuming that no one was listening. But when Clark started performing as if someone was listening, that was when his career began. That set him in motion to receive the DJ job in college that moved him to the next step. He did his best no matter who was listening - and eventually someone did listen.
"I suddenly realized one day that there's like three farmers and two geese listening somewhere and I got sweaty palms." - Dick Clark
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Speak to One
"There's only one person listening at a time...just be yourself" - Dick Clark
Clark didn't hesitate to learn a different type of music and a new kind of job. "I learned by the seat of my pants." If you don't find some enjoyment in what you are doing, it will show. Speaking with business professionals, I have heard "I know I have to learn social media, but I really think it's a waste of time" or "I don't have time to play around online." My prescription? Do what you like. For instance, if you like organizing things into pretty little groups - you might be a great candidate for Pinterest. If you need to use Twitter, but you don't like it or understand it - think of your five favorite famous people and follow them. Chances are, you will find a new reason to log on. Once you get in the hang of tweeting for fun, doing it for work will be less of a nuisance. Social media isn't going anywhere - so why not enjoy it?
Rest in Peace, Dick Clark!
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