Last week, I was invited to a Facebook event. I wanted to know more information so I clicked on the “Find Tickets” option to take me to their website. That’s when I got the “Server not found” message. Quick investigative work showed that they typed the URL with the wrong suffix.
This only emphasizes that you have to take great care of what people see first. Initial impressions matter, so proofread your work.
Joining double spaces after periods, misspelled words, I’d like to add hashtags within sentences as things I dislike reading on Facebook. It’s a surefire method for getting me to disengage. According to some studies, I’m not alone.
Here are my quick tips:
save hashtags for the end of your promotions
keep them pertinent so when people click on it, they get something related to your post
In case you haven’t noticed, Montreal Swing Riot Lindy Hop Battle finals are finally up! This was a 4 round competition consisting of prelims , quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals. They went from 29 or 30 couples down to 8 to 4 to 2. It was long, exhausting, tough, and fun. Here’s a glimpse of how semis and finals went down. Continue reading →
I was at work answering phones and was thinking about the ways we initiate conversation or say phrases before tackling the reason for this communication. Some people mean, others are just their form of acknowledgements. It’s another type of handshaking. In other words, it’s how we initiate communication before we can exchange information (the lead/follow aspect of the dance).
We also do this (or we should) at social dances. Use your words – “would you like to dance?” Perhaps even “would you like to follow” or “would you like to lead?”
Please don’t be like my friend (who I do appreciate) that comes in with big eyes, palms down, arms upraised.
Or that person that silently only offers their hand.
If the person is deaf and maybe you know them, this could be ok.
But do consider your words. I understand there might be shortcuts in play if you know the person, but it’s nice to be asked and it’s nice to ask. It sets you up for a good social dance.
Originally, this post was going to only be about social media, but that’s only one part of the interaction equation. Here at Swingin’ Denver, we like to engage our community through social media, namely Facebook, and in person at events with host or co-host. It’s our way of creating stronger social ties that, in turn, keep others engaged in our community. Continue reading →
I recently had a brief conversation with another local instructor about who could claim a student. Come to find out, there are many swing dancers that take classes all across Denver. We’re creating addicts! Continue reading →
I first started swing dancing regularly at a Kansas City ballroom studio. Back then, it had the only all-ages swing dance venue. Eventually, I got immersed and even started teaching at this studio. That is when I discovered how fortress-like ballroom studios could be. Continue reading →