It was the first time I had been a candidate in a student body election. I was running for Class President as a soon to be freshman in high school.

I had put together my platform on what I stood for and created numerous posters that were placed strategically around the school campus to catch the eye of potential voters

As a student with excellent grades, I had just been chosen by a panel of judges to be a new school cheerleader. I felt on top of the world, and becoming the next Class President seemed well within my grasp.

Being Class President would solidify my drive and determination to take on the role of a full-fledged leader.

Standing before the scrutiny of the entire student body I proclaimed my loyalty and my dreams to make the school a better place for all students.

The next day was Election Day. I remember being extremely excited and hopeful that I would become the next president of the freshman class.

What a learning experience the entire process had been.  I resolved that I would accept the results whether I won or not. Taking a leap of faith and bravely stepping out of my comfort zone to make a difference for others was important to me.

The votes were tallied and the news spread quickly. The position of Class President had gone to another candidate.

Looking back on this day, I realized this was the first of many moments in my life where I would be attracting followers who were eager to hear what I had to say.

One day I would become a Television News Anchor, a Medical reporter, a National Sales Manager for a 2001 room hotel-casino, a classroom teacher, a certified relationship coach, a published writer, and speaker.

Always Be a Student

I would spend years in the classroom, not only as a teacher but as a student always eager to learn and to improve myself to give back fully to others.

As a writer, what you create, should have a purpose. Your content will attract readers when it stimulates deeper thinking, and it successfully helps to solve issues the reader faces.

To attract more followers with your writing:

Repurpose the articles you write by promoting them on social media platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

  • The best time to engage your network on LinkedIn is during the morning commute from 7 AM to 8 AM. A lunchtime post at noon works well, and the evening commute from 5 PM to 6 PM is great for engagement.
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the best days to schedule your posts on Facebook. As for times to post an article or an upcoming event, the best times are 9 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM.
  • On Twitter, a current tweet lifespan is 18 minutes. Twitter users are 181% more likely to be on Twitter during morning and evening commutes. Reliable times to tweet are weekdays between 12 – 3 PM. According to Twitter’s algorithm, pinning your tweets, and linking and re-tweeting your content, allows for a greater lifespan.

 Send out weekly articles to your mailing list with questions that inspire deeper conversations on the topic about which you’ve written.

Create an Author’s website that includes your written work posting on a specific day each week. Provide an area at the end of your article for comments and sharing to other social media platforms.

Build relationships with other business professionals. Participate in online groups (LinkedIn) by supporting and sharing your expertise with others. No selling. Instead, add valuable information to the subject of discussion.

Here’s this week’s invitation. Choose one of the tips you learned about in today’s article and let me know how it is working for you. Send an email to [email protected] or comment below.

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