Article by Gary Jones 20.07.16
For the last two years I have been running Leamington Hour every Wednesday between 4-5pm. It regularly has over 50 businesses on it and we focus on engagement and connecting as many people as possible.
I regularly get asked what is an hour and how do you use one so here is my guide to using an hour.
What is a Networking Hour?
A networking hour is an hour where people meet up and talk about a particular interest or location on Twitter.
They use the symbol # to link up the tweets and to talk to other people on the hour. They are sometimes called hashtag hours as well.
The great thing about these hours are that everyone wants to connect and engage with people on there. They are all brought together over a particular location or interest. For instance you can visit #BrumHour to engage with people in and around Birmingham or #WeddingHour for contacts, information or suppliers about weddings.
There are hundred of hours available so here are a few do’s and don’ts to be aware of on any Hashtag Hour.
5 things to do on a networking hour.
It’s easy to join in-
1. Find out if your interest or location has a Hastag Hour that you want to join and make sure you know when it is.
2. Say hello to the hour host and use their hashtag in every tweet.
3. Then just talk to people. It’s exactly the same principal that you would do in a face to face networking meeting. Include the #Leamingtonhour (if you are on mine) and then your conversation will go into the timeline.
4. Favourite and Retweet any messages that you like and carry on talking to people.
5. Follow anyone who you like and talk to them after the hour. It is all about the follow up as well as being on the hour.
It’s really that easy! If your still not sure then why don’t you come along to any hour and just read the timeline for the first time.
Some hours are busy and some are fairly quiet. You can use both to your advantage just by being engaging with people and asking questions.
5 things NOT do on a networking hour
2. Automate every tweet and don’t engage with people.
3. Insult people on the hour by your views, insights, prejudices or poor spelling grammar.
4. Go on just once and never go on again. You need to invest time and talk to the hour and get to know the people on the hour over a few weeks/few months.
5. Dismiss them on don’t give them a go in the first place. They are excellent to get to know people in a particular interest or location.
If you want to ask me any questions then please let me know at @LeamingtonHour. We meet on Twitter every Wednesday between 4-5pm and I would love to see you there.
All the best and see you soon!!!