Estrella Rosenberg

What Steve Farber Taught Me At SOBCon (part two)

In #SOBCon, Communication Strategies, Facebook, Non-Profit, Personal, Social Media, Twitter on May 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

SOBCon

I just spent an entire post talking about Steve Farber‘s concept of making someone Greater Than Yourself, so why do I need to blog about it again?

In my last post I was talking about consciously making someone, or a whole group of someone’s, Greater Than Yourself. In this post I’m suggesting that you already are and that you should start being aware of it! If you tweet a lot, have a blog, have a facebook following, have any kind of following…you are already making someone greater than yourself.

You are influencing the people who read your blog posts religiously. You are informing the decisions of the people who have you on twitter lists. You are shaping the people who interact with you on facebook. Just because that’s not your intention doesn’t mean it’s not true.

A few things happened to me right before, during and after SOBCon that made me realize I needed to be a little more thoughtful in my role as a leader. Right before the conference started I got an email from a student on the east coast who was getting her MBA in Non-Profit. She was writing to ask for my advice and help starting her non-profit but she began her letter thanking me for my blog and informing me what a role model I was to her and her classmates. She told me what an asset my articles were to her and to her class and how necessary it was to have a positive example of a woman doing so much in the non-profit world. These same words were repeated to me by students I met here in Chicago shortly after SOBCon during a mentoring program I participated in.

I’m not sharing this to pump my own ego but because I was floored to realize that anyone outside my close circle of friends and colleagues read my blog or my tweets! I was leading groups of future change-makers and didn’t even know it. Being at SOBCon, and Liz Strauss in particular, made me not just accept that I was a leader in my peer group but embrace being a leader and commit to doing so thoughtfully with trust and purpose.

When thinking about Steve’s call to make someone Greater Than Yourself I realize I need to take that attitude into everything – and every way – I communicate. Every status update, every tweet, every blog post, every video is an opportunity to inspire and share knowledge.

I challenge you to do the same. The moment you make yourself part of the social media fabric by creating a blog, a twitter handle, a facebook profile, a youtube channel, etc…you’re making yourself someone else’s role model. The next time you say something to your audience do it with the awareness that you have the potential to make them greater than you. You have the potential to help them achieve their own version of greatness. You have the opportunity to inspire them to do the same for someone else.

To that end I want to remind all my readers:

YOU can change the world. YOU can start now. Build Community. Build Change.

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  1. Hi Estrella. I’m not sure if you tweet that last sentence regularly, seems like I’ve seen it a couple of times since I met you at SOBCon, but I love seeing it. Nice reminder.

    Steve made a pretty big impact on me, too. I’m trying to find some time to write up an OS!M post (I’ve got a lot to choose from).

    Thanks for the post.

  2. I think Steve had a big impact on everyone at SOBCon…he’s a dynamic speaker with an important message! And agreed on the abundance of OS!M’s to choose from…a couple weeks ago I asked if a moment could last for days!!

    I look forward to reading what you write on it, Ben!

    And yes…that last sentence is something I tweet on a daily basis. I believe it to my core and I want everyone to know that they have the ability to create the change they want to see in the world. Every single one of has the ability to effect positive change if we only believe that we can.

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