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Episode 15: July 23, 2019

Mark Shapiro: How to Use Technology & Social Media to Feel More Connected

While it may seem like an oxymoron, Mark Shapiro is on a mission to figure out how we can use technology and social media to feel more connected. The time has never been better for a major social innovation.

Episode 15: July 23, 2019

Mark Shapiro: How to Use Technology & Social Media to Feel More Connected

While it may seem like an oxymoron, Mark Shapiro is on a mission to figure out how we can use technology and social media to feel more connected. The time has never been better for a major social innovation.

Episode Overview

This episode’s guest is Mark Shapiro, the man behind the Are You Being Real? Podcast. Mark’s a TedX speaker, life coach, avid voice memo sender, and social media experimenter. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wish every single one of your Facebook friends a personalized happy birthday message every single day? What if you had 3,000 Facebook friends? That’s exactly what Mark has been doing for almost three years. He’s on a mission to figure out how we can deepen our social connections using social media – which in many cases can seem like an oxymoron – as well as examine relationship building fundamentals, and empower people to prioritize the things that matter — authentic living and genuine support and connection. This episode is full of tips and challenges to help you build stronger relationships starting today.

What we cover: 

  • Why some parties are better than others, and how it all comes down to the host.
  • Speaking of parties, what about how to get rid of that voice in your head telling you you’re a loner, or even get smart about the best places to stand (seriously).
  • Why surface conversations can feel more uncomfortable than vulnerable conversations.
  • Ways to show up, be more real, and find out if people are being real with you.
  • How a major death in the family led Mark to start sending Facebook videos to everyone he knows on their birthday, and how it’s changed his life (hint: this actually started with him sending 200 voice memos in one day).
  • Why giving is so much more powerful than getting, and the power in telling people you’re thinking about them.
  • How easy it is to send a little love everyday, and a personal challenge to take on in your own life.

With all the technology and tools that are available in this day and age, the time has never been better for a major innovation to social connection. Technology and social media are on our side, but it’s up to us to not let it block us from connecting.

Social Wellness Challenge

Reach out to Someone Every single day and say something kind!

When you’re thinking of a friend or something comes up that reminds you of them, don’t keep it to yourself! Let them know you are thinking of them, because sending appreciation is a mutually beneficial way to make people feel loved and make you feel great too. You never know what it might mean to them and what opportunities it can bring.

Links

TedX Talk – Want More Love? The Art of Authentic Connection in a Digital World

Are You Being Real? Podcast 

The Art of KindFluence

This Week’s Guest

Mark Shapiro

After spending a decade in marketing at Showtime Networks, Mark Shapiro is on a mission to bring more joy & connection to the world, which he does through brave acts of vulnerability and creative acts of kindness.

Since 2014, Mark has produced the acclaimed 230+ part podcast series – People Being Real, given the premiere TEDx Talk on authentic connection (sharing his uniquely memorable way to keep in touch with everyone he knows & cares about), and has supported thousands of entrepreneurs and dozens of brands with social impact strategy, authentic content production, and KindFluence training.

To me when I look at social wellness, I think it’s taking a look at the quality of your relationships. Who are the people that you are in closest relationship with? Are they lifting your vibration? Are they supporting you? Or are you just in a relationship with them because you work with them, or have always known them, or they live next door, or out of convenience? That’s a big piece. Take inventory of the quality and depth of your relationships. Take those key relationships and show appreciation for them, and let them know how much you love them. Social wellness is paying it forward and being loving and kind to people who are in need.

Mark Shapiro

Founder, Are You Being Real Media

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