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SHRM’s Curtis Midkiff on leadership buy-in and social-media evangelism

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I reported live from the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual conference out in San Diego last month, and I met with Curtis Midkiff, SHRM’s PR and social-media manager. Midkiff and I discussed SHRM’s social-media activities during the conference and beyond.

Some of his social-media advice:

  • Realize that buy-in is key. You need to get not just your leadership, but also other departments, on board to launch a successful social presence.
  • Education is an advocate’s best weapon. Your role as a social-media evangelist is to take away colleague’s fear of the unknown.
  • Use social media to help broaden events. He notes that encouraging video and blogging and conference helps bring that live experience to a wider audience.

Check out our full interview with Midkiff.


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