Online forums are a great way of learning about a subject.
You may find that simply searching for your question will reveal the answer as someone else has already raised the subject. If you can’t find the answer you will be able to post the question yourself and wait for a response.
If you have good knowledge of certain subjects it would be a good way of promoting yourself to the online community particularly if the forum is related to your type of business. You can do this by answering other people’s questions and showing that you are an expert in your field.
You can also use the forum to discuss your knowledge with other users which will also help to promote you as the person to know.
Be aware though that forums can sometimes attract people that will say things to you using the forum that they would never say to your face. These people can be quite rude and even deeply cutting in their remarks. They are usually in a rival business and seem to think that by putting the downers on someone that they are elevating themselves to a superior position. If you find yourself subject to one of these attacks it is best not to rise to the challenge. Be polite in how you respond if you even respond at all. Sometimes no response is the best option.
On a positive note you will find that most forum users are very fair and will not use the forum in such a negative way. Use Google (other search engines are available) to find forums that will interest you and spend a little time each week on using them to help build your personal brand as an expert in your field.
How do you use forums and which ones do you use? Please leave your comments below.
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