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Happy #TKDay!! Cuz We All Need a Tiffany

March 15th is Tiffany Keuhl‘s birthday … so the BlogFFs decided to embarrass celebrate her with posts across our collective social media.

I met Tiffany on Twitter about 4 years ago when she retweeted something I posted. Soon after, I followed her back on Twitter … then we connected on LinkedIn … then Facebook … then we exchanged phone numbers and began talking/texting.

And now I cannot imagine my world without her.

Tiffany is a great friend. When she rocks with you, she rocks with you. You don’t have to wonder how she feels about you because she tells you. You don’t have to worry if she’ll be there when you need her because when you look over your shoulder, she’s already there. Through every victory I’ve had and every loss I’ve suffered since we became friends, she has been a consistent source of encouragement and support.

Tiffany is an amazing HR professional. There a few people who know more about the world of HR and are willing to share without hesitation or expectation than my Tiffers. She “gets” that sharing information with others doesn’t diminish her value, worth or importance. She “gets” that helping others makes her and our profession better.

Tiffany is a networking savant. Tiffany knows everybody! And she knows somebody who knows somebody. She is intentional about being current and connected to other professionals. In every conference or seminar or meeting she attends, you will see her on the move, shaking hands and taking photos and exchanging information and making introductions and getting to know people. She soaks it all up like a sponge — then she squeezes it out by connecting those connections to the rest of us.

Tiffany is a loving family woman. She is married to another HR pro — and they have a beautiful son. She is a daughter and a sister and an aunt and a cousin. She loves her family and is as dedicated to them as she is to her friends and her career.

Tiffany is fun, funny and fun-loving. Our conversations (although mostly by text these days because our schedules are unnaturally hectic) are always hilarious. You will find her on Instagram out-and-about in great places with great people having a great time. Even when she’s down, she’s never out of encouraging words or positive perspective.

Turnup with us for #TKDay online … cuz we all need more people like her in our lives. And when we have them, we should absolutely celebrate them.

Happy Birthday, Tiffers!!

Bunches of love      ~ Buzzarooney

 

TKDay - Tiffany Kuehl

No New HR Friends

Here’s a couple things you should know about me:

  1. I’m ridiculously loyal to the people who I love and who love and support me. Fiercely and unfailingly. And so I’m selective in choosing who I define as “friend”
  2. I love taking supposedly cool,  hip-hop and pop-culture words/phrases and making them super corny by applying them to my life.

Lately, I’ve been accused by my HR friends of being a little stand-offish and unwilling to connect with new people. They accuse me of becoming slightly stale and out of touch, too, because I’m not connecting with people or groups on LinkedIn, following more on Twitter, or friending/liking on Facebook.

They might be right … No New Friends.

“No New Friends” is a song by DJ Khaled featuring rappers Drake and Lil Wayne. It’s basically about how they are focused on working personal goals and supporting friends in accomplishing their goals so they don’t want to spend too much time on anything else … At least, that’s my interpretation of what the song means. Most of the lyrics are unintelligible, really. But it’s catchy.

And, if that’s the message, I can relate. Networking is important. Social media is important … At some point, though, I think your network can over-saturate. You start collecting connections, followers and friends like knick-knacks. There’s quantity but no real quality to what you’ve amassed.

I’ve been feeling that way lately. With the demands of my life, I can barely keep up meaningful connections with my family and the friends I already have. It doesn’t seem fair or appropriate to add more connections, followers and friends on top of that when I can barely find or make time for what I already have. I don’t want my network and social friends to end up being like dusty knick-knacks. I want those connections to have meaning … And that has accidentally on purpose resulted in this “No New Friends” attitude I’m accused of having.

So I say what’s so wrong with “No New Friends”?

The Best Thing About LinkedIn

Awhile ago, I committed to one post each month about social media/networking in Human Resources. This is that post.

Keep reading.

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking website. It “links” you with people in your organization and people you’ve worked with in the past. It links you to vendors and service providers that you do or have done business with. It also recommends links based on links you have in common that would indicate you either know or should know each other. And LinkedIn has interactive groups for asking questions and sharing answers about job-related stuff. Plus, there’s a lot of article sharing about business-related topics.

I’ve always called it “the Facebook for work-friends.” I’ve also likened it to the rolodex or business card portfolio books that we used to have before everything went digital and had an app for that (Yes. I had both. Still do. Don’t judge me). LinkedIn is the place to keep social connections that you want to be able to contact from time-to-time and/or when necessary — but don’t necessarily want to connect on a personal level. Because everyone you work or do business with doesn’t have to become your BFF just to stay in touch.

There are 3 things I really love about LinkedIn:

  • Appropriate Sharing. Unlike other social media sites where people are posting about everything from what they ate to what their watching on TV to political rantings to how often their kids go potty, LinkedIn is all business. The status updates, messages, group discussions and information shared all have to do with work-related items. So if you are looking to strengthen your professional network, LinkedIn is definitely the place to be.
  • Recommendations and Endorsements. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, reference checking sucks. The LinkedIn recommendation and endorsement lets clients and co-workers publicly post about the knowledge, skills and abilities you possess so reference-checking isn’t as challending, time-consuming or fruitless. These options are a great way to utilize your professional connections to show off what you know, what you’ve done and bottle your brand of professional awesomesauce.
  • The “Who Viewed Your Profile” Option. LinkedIn is the only social media site that tells you who looks at your profile. That’s my favorite thing about LinkedIn and the place where it “beats” its competitors. LinkedIn lets you know if a potential employer is getting to know more about you. It also let’s you know if an old flame is checking you out or if your college nemesis is checking up on you. There’s no way around that on LinkedIn. So if you don’t want someone to know that you’re all up in thier profile — don’t look at it.

LinkedIn isn’t as exciting or fun as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or Pinterest. It probably never will be. And that’s ok. It’s about work-related stuff so it doesn’t necessarily have to be. But it is worthwhile and useful … Now if it only allowed you to block people … Hmmm …

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