Twitter and I are old friends. When I first started using Twitter, I filled a room full of strangers at an event I was hosting within just weeks of joining the Social platform. I was hooked. I was engaging, having a blast, increasing my online presence. It was great.
That was years ago. And years ago, various experts gave me a long list of how to’s, not to’s and best practices that I held on to for years.
Then, a few years later, another group of people told me that Twitter wasn’t the place to be. That you would need to reach a ton of people and that it was impossible to build a business using twitter …
I admit, some people sold me on the fact that you should never automate. Never send an automatic reply. Never this. Never that.
… and because I once filled a room with strangers from marketing on Twitter, I thought I knew it all. I admit, I thought I knew Twitter and I gave up on my ‘ol friend.
I still tweeted here and there knowing that it was important to keep my presence there but I didn’t use it to the fullest potential because I had made some assumptions, some decisions, and thought I knew better.
I had ceased to be teachable.
Fast forward to just a few weeks ago when I, for just a moment came to the table with an empty cup and decided that it was time to hear someone out who was having great success with Twitter and I learned a valuable lesson along the way.
(Hint: This post really isn’t just about Twitter Training)
The person teaching the training was having amazing success getting leads and sales from Twitter. Sounds like someone I should listen to, I thought… and I did. I listened. I soaked it up. I implemented. The very next morning, after implementing what I had learned I had targeted leads in my inbox.
The lesson here is bigger than twitter training. The lesson here is about teachability.
Do you think I haven’t been to other Twitter trainings before? Some of them would have meant a lot to my business, had I been open to learning and implementing what I learned.
What we often do, however, is decide that we know better when the truth is, we should be seeking knowledge from people who have what we want.
Are you teachable? Do you go to trainings saying… “yeah but” or “ I already know this”. Being teachable means being open and willing to learn. When you cease to be teachable you are closed to a world of possibilities.
It’s when we realize that we don’t know what we don’t know that things can start changing.
And it’s when we go open-minded and ready to learn to those that know what we want to know, and those that have the results we want to have, that we are teachable again and things start changing…
You might want to read that again.
Here’s what distinguishes teachable from the unteachable:
- Successful people are teachable. They are always open to learning and they know their success depends on it.
- Teachable people listen and ask questions. They don’t just talk.
- Teachable people are open to constructive criticism because they want to improve.
- Teachable people aren’t afraid to ask for help.
- Those that are teachable are O.K with trying and making mistakes. They know that in the process, they are learning and know there will be more lessons to learn.
- They go beyond the minimum required when learning. They take notes. They read…. And they don’t just read the required readings… they read the recommended readings as well.
- Teachable people are willing to admit when they are wrong and when someone else knows better.
( I wrote a blog post sharing a Zen Master’s story regarding teachability you might want to check out here)
Be teachable. Your success depends on it.
Oh, and that Twitter training I was talking about… you can check it out for Free here.
To your success and outrageous goals,