BCMA Influence: Life As An Influencer – Greg Jenkins

BCMA Influence: Life As An Influencer – Greg Jenkins

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Greg Jenkins is a diversity and inclusion consultant, leader, facilitator, coach, mentor and small business owner dedicated to helping people and teams achieve higher levels of inclusive performance. 

Greg completed a successful 28+ year U.S. Army career that ranged from overseas duties in Germany, South Korea and combat duty in Iraq to include several stateside assignments culminating at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Greg is a life-long learner and passionate volunteer who actively mentors and coaches several U.S. military service members and veterans.

How did you get started?

By accident really, I started to use social media as a means to simply market my small business.  I never really planned on trying to grow a social media following or influence anyone.  I just wanted to share my passion for positive diversity, inclusion and leadership development.  However, I soon discovered that there are a lot more people interested in those topics than I previous thought.  Now I work to continue adding value for my followers and others trying to leverage diversity, inclusion and leadership development for themselves and their organizations.

Who/what has been your biggest influence?

My greatest social media influencer is Mr. Fields Jackson Jr. (@fleejack).  Fields is a passionate business and social media maven.  Once I started to gain a small social media foothold Fields was the guy who became my mentor, coach and social media “professor”.  Fields is currently the Founder and CEO and Chief Cheerleader of Racing Toward Diversity Magazine https://www.racingtowarddiversity.com/home and Executive Director of the HBCU Business Dean Round-Tablehttps://www.hbcubusinessdeans.org/ and adjunct professor, teaching Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing, at Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois.

What platform has been most effective for you and why?

Twitter has produced the best results in terms of reach and influence.  I believe its effectiveness is realized in allowing me to monitor, respond and add value almost immediately to those that I follow and others who I get to learn about who are helping to create positive change in the world.  LinkedIn has also been an effective platform; however, its scope and scale are narrower and more refined to my business connections.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

I think the ability to provide an interested and growing audience to those of whom I promote, share, retweet and like.  I seek out people and organizations trying to make life and the world a better place for everybody through social media.  There are so many good people around the world working hard every single day trying to help, advance, assist and build a better way for all and I really want to do my part in helping to tell their stories, successes and challenges.

Where do you see the industry in 5 years’ time?

My hope is that the industry will have continued to grow and produce even great populations focused on producing positive, healthy outcomes for individuals, their teams, organizations and cultures.  Connecting people globally, gaining understanding and working together toward better outcomes for all.

What is the optimum number of subscribers/followers that you can manage?

I don’t know the answer… so far, its manageable and I hope that as growth and influence continues to expand that I’ll learn more and develop a great infrastructure to manage that anticipated growth.

If you had one wish what would it be?

To be kind to another, it costs a person nothing to be kind and the return on invest in most cases is immediate.

To find our more, please visit https://www.gregjenkinsconsulting.com

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