Recently I had a meeting with a potential supplier to discuss using their service for my business. Let me preface this by saying that he and I are not connected on social media. Our meeting took place after work at a local “watering hole”. The Sales Rep was very cordial the entire time. We discussed our businesses and things we like to do during our time off. After some time, he complimented me on a blog I wrote a while back. He said he was laughing out loud while reading it.
I thanked him and as the conversation continued he asked me how I liked an establishment I had recently visited. It was one thing to find out that he had looked me up on the internet and found my old website but imagine my shock when I realized he must somehow be reading my Tweets. It was a bit unsettling to have my own words and thoughts quoted back to me. I felt like I had been cyber stalked.
Now, I would never advise anyone not to do their research on someone they are going to meet with for a sales call, you most definitely should. But there is a way to do it without making them feel vulnerable.
Here are a few tips.
- Feel free to compliment or congratulate them on achieving certain honors or awards.
- Don’t ask how they liked a place they checked in to.
- Don’t bring up a lot of information you found out about them in the first meeting. You could put yourself at risk for not getting their business.
While I was a bit caught off guard in this particular situation, I realized it was my own doing for having my Twitter feed post automatically to my blog site. Because of this experience, I am implementing changes in the way I use social media right away.
I guess that is all I have for now. If you are socially cyber stalking someone, do yourself and them a favor, keep it to yourself.
All the best,