I have to admit it. I was a bit slow in jumping on the Twitter bandwagon. And I probably still don't spend as much time there as I should. But Twitter is a fabulous way to build your business. I know I was skeptical when @BobtheTeacher told me I needed to get involved. What can you possibly say in 140 characters that has any value? Plenty - as I soon discovered.
One of the first challenges when joining the Twitter family is deciding who to follow. Some people tell you to follow everybody who follows you. I don't personally subscribe to that theory. If I'm giving my time to something, it has to have value for me. I'm not being selfish - just practical. And so I'm very selective in choosing who to follow. I follow a wide variety of people - each for a different reason. But the one thing they all have in common is this - when they "tweet", it's usually worth reading.
There are literally hundreds of lists of who to follow on Twitter. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion. So do I. These are the people I follow; the ones who share info I can use. You may be surprised at some of my picks. One thing I did discover - just because you're a successful business person, that does not make you a wonderful "tweeter"!
The 22 Best Business People to Follow on Twitter - if you really want to learn something!
1. Denise Michaels (@DeniseMM): Denise is a marketing and empowerment expert. I have learned much about "softer, gentler" marketing techniques through her insight and I am a huge fan of Empower U Academy!
2. Felicia Slattery (@feliciaslattery): Communication Expert, Speaker, and Coach. Felicia is a powerhouse who always has something to worthwhile to share. I know what she has done for my own communication skills. She can do the same for you.
3. Ken McArthur (@KenMcArthur): Best Selling Author and Marketing Expert - and the guy who got me started down this crazy path called entrepreneurship (Wait! Felicia - is that a word?)
4. Beverly Mahone (@babyboomerbev): Founder of Boomer Diva Nation and BoomerDiva TV. This woman has done more to show me how to promote myself than just about anyone I know. Thanks, Bev!
5. Bob Jenkins (@BobTheTeacher): Introduced me to Twitter, Instant Teleseminar, and a host of other wonderful tools. If he tweets it, you need to read it!
6. Wendy Y. Bailey (@wendyYbailey): Creator of Group Coaching Mastery. Wendy was one of my first teleseminar guests. She taught me 3 little words that made a huge impact on my business. Want to know what they were? Guess you'll have to follow her and ask!
7. Heidi RichardsMooney (@HeidiRichards): Author and Coach. Always has something of interest to share about social networking, marketing, and sucess.
8. Paulette Ensign (@pauletteensign): Who knew that a simple tips booklet could be so profitable?
9. Jeff Herring (@JeffHerring): If you want to understand article marketing, this is the gentleman to follow.
10. Carrie Wilkerson (@barefoot_exec): I'm not sure she realizes it, but the idea for BoomerBizCoach came from talking to Carrie at a jvAlert Live event. Thanks, Carrie! Follow this woman! She's amazing!
11. Olalah Njenga (@olalah): Marketing strategist. Always has something useful to share.
12. Bob Proctor (@Bob_D_Proctor): Motivating. Inspiring. It's Bob Proctor, for Pete's sake!
13. Sandy Forster (@WWealthy): Her book, How to Be Wildly Wealthy Fast, was the first one I ever read about how your mindset can impact your success. I've been a fan ever since.
14. Vicky Lyn (@vickylyn): Love her blog. She's been posting quite a bit about Twitter marketing lately. You don't want to miss it.
15. Willie Crawford (@WillieCrawford): Are you kidding? It's Willie Crawford. 'Nuf said.
16. Gina Gaudio-Graves (@JVQueen): Founder of DirectionsU.com which I love. If you need help finding your way around the world of internet marketing, you need to follow her.
17. Kim Duke (@SalesDiva): Sales expert shares her tips. What? You're not in sales? Guess again. If you're in business, you're in sales.
18. Kathleen Gage (@kathleengage): Internet marketing and teleseminar training specialist. There is a right way to do this stuff, and she shares it with you.
19. Darren Rowse (@problogger): If you want tips on blogging then this is the guy to follow.
20. Joel Comm (@joelcomm): Author of Twitter Power. If you haven't read it, you need to.
21. Michael Angier (@MichaelAngier): Founder of SuccessNet.org. I've been a suscriber forever. He always has good info to share.
22. Mike Litman (@MikeLitman): Taught me not to be afraid to try. "You don't have to get it right, you just have to get it going."