Gift to my enemies: If you want to make me nervous, introduce me as an expert. I know my stuff. I’m pretty confident. But when the host of the #NPTalk Twitter Chat introduced me yesterday as an expert guest, I have to tell you, it cranked up the pressure a bit. Add that to my inexperience participating in these chats, and I was about ready to throw up. But I survived! Now I’m here to share these tips on participating in a Twitter Chat.
- Use a tool like TweetChat to follow the hashtag and have it automatically added to your replies. This really helped me keep on top of things. The ability to star particular tweets – things I wanted to respond to or ask more about when time allowed – was especially handy.
- Remember chat etiquette. Here’s a helpful post from Social Nicole on that topic and a few other Twitter Chat tips. Thumbs up to the NPTalk crowd for being one of the more respectful and generous groups I’ve seen.
- If you have an agenda, plan ahead. Prepare questions, and/or anticipate questions you will be able to answer, and be ready to share links and facts. In retrospect, I could have done better at this.
- Psyche yourself up; do a little shadow boxing or whatever works for you, because Twitter Chat can feel like being sprayed by a hose. A fire hose. Tweets are coming right and left and you are trying to keep up with all of it while also composing your own message…but if I can do it, so can you. Good luck.