A Back Stage Pass to My Life

I am shamelessly stealing this idea from Chris Brogan and Brian Clark. If you aren’t following me on Twitter you should. Assuming you care—and you may not—it is like having a back-stage pass to my life.

A Backstage Pass to @MichaelHyatt

On Twitter, I share such things as:

  • The most important resources I have discovered with links to the sources.
  • Meaningful quotes that have moved me at some deeper level.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at my professional and personal life: how a real-life CEO manages his time, meetings, and important relationships.
  • Interactions with my family members. Most of them are active on Twitter, including my wife, Gail; my oldest daughter, Megan, and her husband, Joel; my second oldest daughter, Mindy; my son-in-law, Chris (who is married to Mary, who doesn’t Twitter); and my daughters, Madeline, and Marissa.

I also share an occasional inappropriate or snarky tweet that I make in a moment of weakness—and can’t pull back.

Question: Are you on Twitter? If so, why should people follow you? What’s the promise?
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  • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

    Because of you and Rachelle, I FINALLY succumbed and signed up for Twitter. (I still use Facebook far more.) Should anyone follow me? My only promise is that my first role in life is as Christ's ambassador, and I live by this: "It matters less what people think of me than what they think of Jesus Christ because of me." ~ Unknown

    • http://www.adustyframe.com Lizzie

      Well, if you're a Christ follower who's going to share about her life of course people should follow you;)
      http://twitter.com/adustyframe

      • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

        Lizzie, if you're so inclined, I'm @Anne4JC. ;) backatcha

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Indie_Business Indie_Business

    Yes, Michael, I'm on Twitter. I have been for a little over a year. I like many things about Twitter, and one of the most significant is is that it allows me to help thousands of small business owners at once. I have a blog, a weekly newsletter and a social networking site and they are all great. But nothing compares to Twitter in terms of the sheer speed and access it provides.

  • http://www.thestrongword.com Anita

    I've been following your blog for years and hanging on your words of wisdom; now I feel bad for being irritated at the trivia. <Sigh.> At the risk of sounding negative, I don't understand why people need to hear that you (or anyone) is going to bed, or misses your wife, or are on your way to the airport, and so on. My in-basket (old-fashioned term!) is getting clogged as it is. I never thought I'd consider turning Michael Hyatt off! (Especially since I'm a freelance book editor and need to keep abreast of the publishing industry.) But… <sigh>…

    • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

      Anita, I totally get what you're saying. When I first checked out Michael Hyatt's tweets, it gave me a weird voyeuristic feeling. I'd read a tweet and think, "Glad you and Gail are headed to sleep, Mike. I really didn't need to know that."

      But as Mike says above, Twitter is something he uses as a leadership tool. By allowing his followers a glimpse of his personal life, he becomes a 3D leader. When he misses his wife because one of them is out of town, he's demonstrating leadership as a husband. Dinner with his daughter? Leadership as a father.

      I look at it all with new appreciation now that I understand why Mike shares as he does..

      • http://www.thestrongword.com Anita

        Anne, I don't mind being a voyeur :-) but I don't want the leadership examples pummeling me nonstop. It's not the *what*, it's the *how many*.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I appreciate your candor. But, honestly, I'm not for everyone. If I get too wearisome, unfollow me. I promise, I won't be offended.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patalexander patalexander

    I have been following your blog and tweets for a couple of years at the recommendation of @stevetn. I work with executives in the insurance industry. Following you helps me see an executive's life in another industry. Many executives in the insurance industry never look outside their industry to see how other businesses function. They don't see what could be of benefit for them or learn what might not work. I find that many people have trouble balancing their work and personal lives and your insights into this area of your life are a great example of that struggle and how you handle this.

    I began blogging about a year ago and I blog both about the professional and about my travels. It has been a great tool for better connections with my clients and a way for my family to keep up with what my husband and I are doing when we travel. Many of my friends travel for conducting their business as well. Twitter has become a great way for us to keep up with each other and when we happen to be close to one another we can get together for a meal or be support when someone is stuck somewhere.

    Keep doing what you do.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for the encouragement, Pat. Steve is one of our closest friends. We live three blocks away!

  • http://forrestlongart.com Forrest Long

    I used to think Twitter was a waste of time, until I got on it. I enjoy following your tweets, as well as others. And I enjoy posting on it, although I need to get into it more. I blog as well (forrest-long.blogspot.com) and see them as ways of getting out there and getting known. As a writer who has been published and is seeking to get published again, I find both are good forums.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

    I basically use Twitter as a tool to publicize my blog by tweeting when I post a new article. I also have fun trying to fit my subject matter into the trending topics, and I insert a link to my blog every time I tweet a trending topic. I think that's the beauty of Twitter–we can use it any way we want to.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely. This is why I like it better than Facebook. Less structure!

    • http://anitacmccants.blogspot.com Anita McCants

      I basically use Twitter for the same reason.

  • http://lisanotes.blogspot.com Lisa notes…

    I have been following you for awhile and am inspired by your mix of personal and professional. You're a positive example I bring up when people claim it's a waste of time to twitter–it's NOT a waste when it's used as you do it. Thanks for leading the way.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jbwagner Josh Wagner

    Well, I've been on Twitter (as @jbwagner) for over a year. At first I thought it was just another status update, but I've now made friends, and I find great info all the time from the people I'm following. I tweet what I've found, along with some quotes, interesting facts, and what I'm doing. The great thing about Twitter is that its opt-in. Meaning, if you don't want to follow someone, you don't have to.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely. It's as simple as "changing channels." I have so many friends now that I MET through Twitter.

  • http://www.HopeIsCalling.com Katie

    I'm on twitter (KathleenMacIver) But should you follow me? Maybe. You'll hear one-sided bits of conversation and receive links to articles and blogs that I think other writers might be interested in. I don't forward too many Christian articles/links, but I do filter the secular stuff I share. I sometimes post a "Morning everyone" or "Goodnight" sort of post, if it's a day when I hope someone wants to chat, or if I've been chatting…just in case someone wonders why I've disappeared.

    I like twitter for the writer friendships I've found on there, and for the links to articles and news.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/DerekDRobertson DerekDRobertson

    I love the fact that you are so open with your life. I really love catching the "snarky " tweets cause it shows your humaness and I thought I was missing one of your family members. I have the most intertaction with Chris. We are the same age but I would say he mature beyond his years. Keep up the good work.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Chris is an amazing son-in-law. I am particularly fond of him (not-so-subtle reference to The Shack).

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/stephenbateman stephenbateman

    my twitter-promise I suppose is connection. I really enjoy getting to know the interesting people who are there for more than self-promotion.

  • http://twitter.com/jannoelsmith @jannoelsmith

    I began Twitter to keep up with social media in my role as a Director – PR. Casting about for someone to follow, I found the Women of Faith speakers, who were already known to me. Their tweets bring them more near and dear to my heart daily. Through them I've "twetworked" to Michael Hyatt and a number of Christian writers. The daily inspiration and uplift of spirit I find makes it well worth my while. I'm encouraged to grow spiritually, personally and professionally. I do keep my follow and followers list edited. I recommend Twitter, and much appreciate your efforts, Michael .. May God bless you!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  • http://www.GoodLifeDiva.com/blog Kendra Tillman

    The majority of the people I follow on Twitter are WAHMs just like me. When I read other people's tweets, including CEOs like you it inspires me. One of my many uses for Twitter is to mentor and be mentored by people I may or may not ever meet in real life. I thrive and enjoy being apart of a community. Twitter minus the spammers and overzealous self promoters is all about community.
    Since, it is one of my life goals to be a published best selling author it helps me better my writing. Thanks for the "backstage pass".
    My promise on Twitter is that you will find a mom who is passionate about mothers (women) living the Good Life God has prepared for them. I am GoodLifeDiva.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/SwitchingGranny SwitchingGranny

    I am so glad to have this "back stage pass to your life" My life has been enriched by following you. And even more by getting to know your dear wife Gail. You guys inspire me and keep me encouraged about online social media and how we can form REAL relationships online.

  • http://www.praisegarment.blogspot.com Judith Robl

    I have a twitter account, but I'm on line there so seldom that I miss a lot. I have a day job. and three books underway — a fiction, a non-fiction and a devotional. If I were younger, perhaps I would have more leisure on line, but as it is, I figure I have about ten good years left to do all the writing that I've been putting off for decades. So I need to keep plugging and just "git-r-dun."

  • http://www.billwhitt.com/blog Bill Whitt

    I determine who I follow by how useful their posts are to me, and you, Michael, have some of the most useful links and insights! So I'm glad I ran into you on Twitter!

    To answer your question, people should follow me (@billwhitt) because I offer a behind-the-scenes look into the life of a worship leader. I'm your average joe, trying to find creative and memorable ways to make an impact for Christ in the context of a worship service. How all that happens is a mystery to some people, but Twitter is helping to humanize church leaders. But you also get tweets about technology, audio, video, graphic design, politics, devotions, my dog, my wife, etc. (I should have probably mentioned my wife before my dog, come to think of it.)

    Twitter is great because you get to see the whole person — not just the worship leader or the CEO, but the family man who has hobbies and interests and struggles just like you. You gotta love that!

  • Carolyn Jordan

    Michael, I discovered Twitter after stumbling upon your blog a year or so ago as I was Googling on various ways to control email. Imagine that! Anyway, I read a few of your blog posts and was inspired. As I read your tweets, I was intrigued because they gave a very real glimpse into your life. I decided to try Twitter and was hooked after a while. The beauty of it is that you can use it for fun, to build your personal brand, to build your company brand, to market, or just to stay on top of the news. Twitter's brevity and conciseness is perfect for me because I like to keep it simple. Keep doing what you do best….inspiring us. And I see that you are really getting into your own as a speaker. I think that's awesome as well.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Beaconhillnw Jim

    as long as the backstage pass doesn't go near the bathroom door, i'm all about retweeted and reading your stuff

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/Beaconhillnw Jim

    i dig your tweets,man!

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    Michael, I enjoy following you on twitter and appreciate the challenge to those of us who may not be using it to its fullest potential. I know that I need to consider how I'm adding value to ppl's lives through their following my tweets.

    Question: How do you avoid the temptation to delve into narcissism on twitter? I know that this is a popular criticism of social media in general, and frankly, I tire of such empty cynicism. However, I also want to be mindful of the legitimate temptation these platforms pose, especially twitter, which is always about what I'm doing in the moment. As a Christ-follower, how do you use Twitter to take the attention of yourself… or is this a place where it's okay? Sorry to get philosophical, but your post made me think about this (particularly because I prob err on the side of using social media to fulfill my own agenda more than to promote someone else's).

    Thoughts?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Jeff, this is a great question. In my experience, being narcissistic works against you on Twitter. If you don't offer something to the community, you won't attract followers. The most other-centered you are, the more followers you will gain.

      Also, with regard to posts about my life, it does make me more reflective. I am much more conscious of the "story" I am writing with my life.

  • http://www.hardcourtlessons.com Audley

    I think Twitter is a great tool. It serves a few purposes for me.

    1) I tweet whenever I put up a new blog post.

    2) Twitter is an incredible source of information – that's where I first learned Micheal Jackson's death. As well, I'm a hug basketball fanatic and it was a great way of keeping up to date with off season moves and signings

    3) I use it to network and have established some pretty good relationships

    I believe that Twitter is best served when it's used as an interactive tool. I communicate, share and network. If any of this interests you, I can be followed @TheAudman.

    Happy Tweeting!

  • http://blomerus.org Marysol

    Love following you on twitter.

    We are on too @blomerus
    Why follow? Well, if you have ever wondered what it would be like to live & love in Africa, live vicariously through us!

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  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    I’m following you, friending you, visiting your blog every day. It’s literally hard to stay away. Would love to be in that position where people feel that way about my space. But what I find really interesting is the part of your question at the end that ask, “…why should people follow you?”

    That is a GREAT question and should be answered by anyone looking to build a platform and become a thought-leader.