This is a whole new world. Well, maybe not so new to many of you, but new to me, me who loves factoids and the random but has been called....(*gasp*) a luddite.
I can honestly say that I am not a luddite, in fact I love machines and technology since they make my job easier or me more efficient! But I am a twitter virgin, a very recent FB user, and only in the last week, Linked In. I will admit that I tend to want to grasp the physical, hear an actual voice, even write a letter...on paper...with a pen.
Luckily I have a job that allows me the best of both worlds - communication via technology most of the year, and then an intense period of in-person connection with hundreds of you at the WMA annual meeting. The reality is that what WMA has to offer is access our members' experiences, so that we can grow as a professionals, and inclusion in our network. That's our ultimate product, and the quarterly newsletter and annual meeting have been the traditional vehicles.
But here WMA is, LinkedIn, on FB, and with a blog. I think these "new" means of communication will evolve and supplement the traditional vehicles. WMA will give and get an even more inclusive feeling by participating this virtual world and sharing/bonding/inspiring each other between personal meets. In my head, and eventually as formal goals for WMA, I want to utilize these modes of communication for depth: increasing WMA's commitment to and role as a gathering place for those who already are members; but also, WMA must prepare for breadth: reaching out to and offering a place to those who are not yet members.
We all are better human beings and do our jobs better when we have someone we trust to vent to, to share with, to support us. I think that all of us will find that we crave more, consistent communication with our friends, family, and colleagues as the stresses that our nation faces wax, wane, and, whether directly or indirectly, touch us. So why not join me and be a part of the WMA network? I bet you have a lot to offer.