Today I had a great coffee and breakfast with someone who should be a total stranger to me in Georgetown in Washington DC.
Today I got to meet Tammi Gaw in person, a person who I regularly interact with on Twitter but I have never met before.
Such is the power of social media – that beyond dodging the person you hated from high school, you can meet really new amazing people.
So she was trying to trace it back to how she followed me on Twitter and it was fascinating. She heard that OU, (her undergrad alma mater – but she has a masters in sports medicine and a law degree) – had opened a campus in Italy and she was looking into it. I had a group of students there in 2016 and was tweeting up a storm so she started following me. I noticed that she had progressive ideas and liked what she posted.
In fall of 2016, when I started to fall in love with the idea of the Wayfinding Academy – she responded that she knew about it from the World Domination Summit (WDS). We exchanged some ideas about education and she supported my Cap and Gown challenge to raise money for Wayfinding.
So at our 2 hour breakfast with some amazing avocado toast – I found what I had surmised by her twitter profile to be very true. Tammi is super crazy intelligent and really making it happen with diverse interests and backgrounds. She is a feminist and a realist and really cares about the state our country and the future of both sports and higher education.
Tammi is not someone I would have met from anywhere but Twitter and having people like her in my professional learning network is super important for my professional development and to make sure what I am teaching at the university is relevant and timely. Not to mention, I would totally put Tammi in that kind of networked friend who would tell you like it is.. which we all need in our personal and professional networks.
So here is my challenge to you today… are you on twitter? Is there a person that you follow that you like what they say? You like what they post? You feel like their tweets have influenced your thinking and helped you grow? Reach out them to them and let them know today. Send them a DM and let them know, their presence on your feed makes a difference and makes you think.
In this crazy time in the US, it is important to both surround ourselves with people that are intelligent and that cause us to think. It is important to respect and raise up other people with hustle, it is only through community – both virtual and face to face that we will continue to advance and innovate.
Reach out today maybe you will be lucky enough to meet over Avocado toast and have a nice morning somewhere in the world.