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Are You Telling YOUR Story?

Are You Telling YOUR Story?

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“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.” — John Grisham

A while back on Pinterest someone liked my Pinterest boards, so much that she went through an in about a half hour pinned exact boards with the titles and pin themes that I created. If you aren’t a serious pinner, you might not understand why that’s a big deal  but these were Pinterest boards that I had worked on for more than a year, finding the perfect pin to add, removing items that didn’t fit and creating the content that I wanted for each board. This person came to Pinterest as a brand new pinner and jump-started with my content and the content of my friends pins that were on a list of top pinners to follow. Granted, she was new to Pinterest and maybe didn’t know that was bad pin etiquette but it was none the less. Pinterest can be a create expression of you and your story. Make it your story. {click to tweet}

Another example is people’s text on their bio. This is very hard fought for real estate as some people spend a really long time crafting the perfect 120 characters on the Twitter bio. Seeing a great bio should have you say “wow, that person rocks” not “hey, I can cut and paste this to my bio.” It’s happened. There’s no possible way that one person could have all the same work background or interests exactly. Taking the fast track, by stealing, isn’t the way to go.

You know in your heart that these aren’t your ideas. How will you maintain the facade of someone’s else’s ideas? Steal more? It’s a slippery slope.

The way to be really heard (read: understood, liked, and appreciated) is to be yourself. Everyone has interesting and unique qualities. Find yours and rock them! {click to tweet}

Are you telling YOUR story?

 

• Be original.

• Come up with your own ideas.

• Wait for inspiration, don’t steal other people’s ideas.

• If you are inspired by someone else’s idea, give them credit for their intellectual property.

The only way that you will provide value or become someone of interest is if that idea/writing/photo is YOU. When you are copying other people’s ideas, you are not “creating” you are rehashing and people notice. Like someone’s interview series idea? Great but come up with your own format, not there’s to tell your story.

Be the very best you that you can be and tell your story. That’s the most interesting story of all. {click to tweet}

Photo credit: Featured image by lecasio/Flickr and internal photo from BigStock
Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

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About Peg Fitzpatrick

Head of Social Strategy for Canva. Co-author of The Art and Science of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaki.

Social media is my passion. And my job. I'm here sharing my professional experience working day to day in the trenches of social media, marketing, and blogging. I work with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. I've spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. I work with the best brands and make them even better!

I'll share tips and tricks, provide positive inspiration and answer social media questions through the content that I create and curate.

What sets me apart? I'm an innovative idea girl that follows through and gets the job done. Social media is my career, not just a hobby.

Tweet me and say hello at @pegfitzpatrick, find me Stumbling on StumbleUpon, rocking Google+ here Google, getting glam on Instagram or happily pinning on Pinterest.

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