Let me start with a confession first, I allow myself to
Netflix at times just to get away from the never-ending task list. As my psychology
professor, Jerry would put it, sometimes you got to love the space between productivity.
If you don’t know what “Circle” is about, let me try and
explain it without making it sound boring. It’s a reality show from Netflix
where 8 contestants live in an apartment building in different units. They can
never see or hear each other. They can only communicate via a social media app
called “Circle”. Here is the twist, the contestants can either be themselves or
can pretend to be someone else in the Circle. Everyone rates others based on their
social media communications. The most liked contestant or the influencer gets
to vote on who gets to go home from the competition. The winner gets 100,000$
at the end.
It's surprisingly riveting! Its a reality check and a true reflection
on our influencers and social media. Aside from that, it really struck a deeper
chord in me about our communication over social media platforms. In Circle, the
top 3 contestants rose to the top, just by being themselves period. They kept
the communications, honest, easy and worked on making real connections /
“Duh! That’s the basics”, I can
almost hear you say that, however, trust me it really takes a lot of courage
and determination to remain real in the conversations we do via social media
I am putting this to test in my communications, both in person
and in social media channels.
already feeling the difference. Those awkward conversations on the networking
events have turned into liberating ones, as I am not trying to be somebody I am
not. The after conversation via social media channels are interesting
and engaging. Most importantly I am making a real connection to the person on the
other end of the line. So let's get back to the basics, the technologies/channels
can change but we are ALWAYS working with people.
Srivatsan Aravamudan - Sri
Senior Solution Consultant