Saturday, April 30, 2011

SOBCon 2011 - Day 1 - Tim Sanders

now for Tim Sanders

we are making an investment in getting better
social media is mean spirited
one simple idea, there is enough to go around
in the moment you share, you are rich

1 feed yourself the right stuff -- be as judicious as to what you put into your mind as to what you put into your mouth

the most expansive thought is validation

when good sound bites are mentioned multiple heads drop to write or type before it runs away
eat the nut, dump the shells

people don’t fail, failure is a thing

2 - take care of your instrument (put the oxygen mask on first)

decision shift - spending more time with screens and constant interruption
new economy depression syndrome NEDS
declare offline zones

night math -

3 - exercise your gratitude muscle
don’t stay in the have to world, live in the get to world

you need to validate the reader

don’t believe you are lucky, that is so disrespectful

don’t hang out with the ‘ings’ hang out with the ‘eds’

4 - want to be rich, give out love
alive in the moment of giving and sharing

prepare yourself for the struggles in life, they will occur

story of Miles

non-profits should have an exit strategy

there needs to be a giving component of everything you do

Timberland ripple story

if not you, who?

SOBCon 2011 - Day 1 - Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau interview with Terry Starbucker

leadership has nothing to do with titles and everything to do with influence
no evangelism, just recruitment

what excites you? what bothers you the most?
passion is actually more important than skills
what will be your legacy?

lots of hands rose when asked how many have thought about your legacy in the last week or so?
duh, the reason we are here is because we have done that and found SOBCon

Sarah Robinson - escaping mediocrity

question, how to advise how to deal with fear?
don’t rise about, pretend that it doesn’t exist, instead define it more clearly, why? why?

hard to take a short break, there is so much conversation to be had with all around

Friday, April 29, 2011

SOBCon 2011 - Day 1 - Cathy Brooks

Cathy Brooks @cathybrooks
breathing exercise to start her session and bring some center point to the day before we start going into the Internet and loose ourselves

socially oriented pack animals
not just about business, it is about opening your heart
technology can amplify the noise
conversation prism, lens by which we see the world, Brian Solis
Google doesn’t know the difference, so your story needs to be consistent
parable of the blind men and the elephant; each individual is right in their own way but in the aggregate, they are wrong

masterminding on the critical value of congruent story
exercise on looking at three aspects of environment
what is our business
who is our competition
where do we want to go

look at each of these from two perspectives, one from the self and one from the organization
look directly through each of the five senses to describe the self and the organization from the perspective of the sense
does this reveal any opportunities?
these may be avenues for exploration to create the story, to be distinct, to deliver the story and the product/service well

but I thought about it

Time for #the5 this morning before heading over to #SOBCon

What is SOBCon?
A conference in its fourth year bringing together a great bunch of folks to learn and share together in 'master mind' sessions. 

What does the schedule look like?
 is happening Fri/Sat/Sun schedule here 

Sometimes I need to pinch myself to make sure it is real. So without further ado, what did I find this morning so far?

LA Schools Superintendent and Jamie Oliver Play Nice  me: comes down to relationships 
I caught one show of the new Food Revolution series last week and Jamie was getting stonewalled by the bureaucracy of the LA School Dept. Now with a new guy, he may have turned the corner. What do you take away?  Business is personal, period!

Good morning, Franklin! help build the raised beds for the community gardens - Sign up Form for Build Day!  
The community gardens will be built near the entrance to the King St Fields. Many hands make light work! Are you in for this?

5 Social Media Savvy Nonprofits  me: with my new @ role, on the lookout to learn! 
More to come on this new role bit. You may recall I joined the Board to help with their website, communications, etc. Well, long story short, I have just been elected to the Chairperson position. So I have some more learning to do. I will be spending less time on the live meeting reporting for Franklin Matters, but in my mind, food for those who need it is where it really matters.

Sustainable Food's Biggest Problem: No Definition  me: what is your view on this issue? 
I am still early in my understanding of the sustainable issues around food but buying and growing local seems to be a good thing to do especially with the price of gas continuing to climb. Getting to a definition of the problem will make it easier to share, explain and get some traction with.

Six Is Forever  "Well, no, I didn’t really, but I thought about it" much joy reading this piece by Robert Fulghum 
Peter Pan is one of my heroes so this piece struck me this morning. Robert writes so well!

Well that covers the five I found this morning. I am sure there will be additional ones to share as the day and learning progresses at #SOBCon. I spoke briefly with Tim Sanders last night. He is here to talk today. I can hardly wait.

What can you share today?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Clarity should be a guiding principle!

Just enough time for #the5

Good morning! day of work, then travel to  - safe travels to all, see you soon!

Google Voice User Story: A Way with Words  

I do want to explore how to use Voice services to help foster the engagement with readers

Try A Carbon Calculator And Plant Some Trees!  
You can help with Build Day for the Community Gardens if you are in the Franklin area

Should You Dish What You Take?  @ explores the options  
Controlling you reaction is so hard but necessary. Remember rolling in the mud will get you muddy!

Introducing the new Google Docs app for Android  me: adding to my list of things to explore! 
Expanding the use of the smart phone to be more functional is good. Do need to get away from the HTC battery life problem to really make it useful.

The marketplace has evolved. Have you?  "Clarity should be the guiding principle behind every branding effort" 
Yes, life evolves and so should we. We should be clear about what and why we are evolving so others can follow without getting surprised.

What have you learned that you want to share?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How secure do you feel?

Security in perception vs reality, also a problem with words. Worth thinking about!

How secure do you feel?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

To share or not share?

Time for #the5 today before heading off to the working world

How to Humanize Your Company and Get People to Share Your Story  "How to humanize your brand" 
What is your story? Is it compelling and distinct?

A leap of faith  "as I was shouting to be heard above the din, others were shouting as well"  @
@leanneclc took the leap of faith and is sharing her lessons learned on work/life balance today

How to be a Graceful Power Networker  key:"Customize the invitation with a reminder of how the person knows you" 
Make the effort to personalize your LinkedIn invite, it will be read and accepted more easily that way!

Consistency in Your Message is an Important Personal Brand Builder  me: yes, very much so! 
What is your message? Do you have one or more than one?

What’s Your Twitter Personality?  "Folks on Twitter are not always who they seem" 
How true! One of the reasons why you should get to meet them in person to find out the real story.

And a bonus link for today
Job Search Jam Sessions: To blog or not blog?  Paraphrasing Hamlet, that is the real question of the day 

What have you learned that you can share today?

Monday, April 25, 2011

RI Community Camp - photo recap

Some balloons marked the entrance to RI Community Camp at RISD:

RIComCamp: We're here

Great advice from @cspenn to help set the context for this event:

RIComCamp: @cpenn quoted

One of the major tenants of the unconference concept is explained by @saranicole

RIComCamp: rock star @sarahnicole

In the facilitated but purely unconferenced session on Facebook, Kevin Vine gets into the conversation:

RIComCamp: Kevin Vine gets into the discussion

A great event, lots of good conversations. If you have not had the experience of an unconference, you need to do one. Stay tuned for unconference information as I hear of them in New England.

Roger Ebert: Remaking my voice

Roger Ebert, noted film critic, talks about recovering his speaking voice in this TED Talk.

What about your voice?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, belatedly for Will Shakespeare

How could I miss sharing this, nay, fear not. I did but hence find it and can share it with thee!

Happy birthday, Will Shakespeare!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Personal branding - 2nd session notes from Community Camp

My notes from the second session of Community Camp held on Saturday, Apr 23 at RISD.

The seats have cushions in Room 412, yes!

set up your account, go out and listen
pay attention to what others are doing

get into a LinkedIn Group, in medical equipment, go to a buyers group and listen
Glide can understand slang or the context with slang

follow key targeted people within the company and not just the company
keep it social, don’t just send a sales pitch

Dr Sam Lam

Other examples

if you want to be found and recognized, use the same image everywhere
some folks change it far too frequently

for those with visual work, this is a good site to look at

Klout provides a rating for social presence

somewhat controversial - look at Charlie Sheen’s score of 90, how?

JoAnn says “Klout is a mood ring”

Twitter Counter, even the free version gives better info

Driving Traffic - sessions notes from Community Camp

 Driving traffic to a website

how to use social bookmarking sites
website referenced with LinkedIn

local search and the professional directors are the places to be
engage with the positive reviews, do damage control for the negative reviews

Youtube links are highly rated, consider using video, create a channel

if you don’t have time to do this full time, how much of this is a one time setup and then let it go with minimum maintenance

a lot goes into setting it up, local search can take care of itself once set up up to five accounts for free, can assign team members to accounts


Google Alerts

Radian6 is not for the local personal blog, company


Go to where your audience is, comment on their blog, they'll find you and come to your page

"Step outside your tiny little world"

A recently published TED Talk: Sam Richards on "A radical experiment in empathy"

Friday, April 22, 2011

Franklin Rotary Club - I'm on LinkedIn, Now what?

I had the honor and pleasure of presenting to the Franklin Rotary Club on Thursday evening. I decided to use my LinkedIn tips and tricks slide deck. I reworked (mostly shortened) my job search notes to focus on the business person who would have the same question: I'm on LinkedIn, now what?

The Franklin Rotary Club website can be found here

They do have a small group on LinkedIn

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

Kathryn Schultz says:

"I call this error blindness. Most of the time, we don't have any kind of internal cue to let us know that we're wrong about something, until it's too late."

"This internal sense of rightness that we all experience so often is not a reliable guide to what is actually going on in the external world. And when we act like it is, and we stop entertaining the possibility that we could be wrong, well that's when we end up doing things like dumping 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, or torpedoing the global economy. So this is a huge practical problem. But it's also a huge social problem."

Will you think about being wrong today?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Time to do the Work!

Time for #the5

It’s time to Do the Work  via @ 
Appropriately, I lead with this one and I am working to complete #the5 before heading to work today!


The Importance of Stories During Interviews  me: yes, indeed, what is your story? are you ready to tell it? 
One school mate would always say; "tell me a story". I gradually became prepared to have one ready anytime. Are you prepare to tell your story?

6 Steps to Expanding Your Network With LinkedIn Company Search  how timely! 
I have my LinkedIn tool kit presentation updated to talk with the Rotary this evening and use for Community Camp on Saturday. I cover this point and they go into a little more detail than I do.

Calling for the Pantry: $20 helps @ feed our neighbor for 1 month  
The Franklin Food Pantry is going to hold its first phon-a-thon next weekend. The communications campaign is kicking off to create awareness of the phone calls being made that weekend.

What gainful employment ‘should’ do for you  me: are you gainfully employed? 
@RosaSay answers this question in her posting. How would you answer this question?

What can you share today?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The power of words

Change your words, change your world!

What are you going to do today?

Many thanks to Ronni Bennett for the pointer to this

How 30 came to be

Thanks to Mark Hurst for the tip to view this. Steven Sasson, the inventor of the digital camera talks about how it came to be.

Inventor Portrait: Steven Sasson from David Friedman on Vimeo.

So 30 was the magic number!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

nothing to protect us

Time to take a run through #the5 for today

Add your local knowledge to the map with Google Map Maker for the United States  here we go Franklin! 
Yes, I have wanted to do something like this for some time. Now if I can make the time for it!

Transferable skills, yes - those!  me: get 1 of 4 free passes 2 Community Camp at RISD 4/23 -  
There are so many options with transferable skills to consider. It really comes down to how well you can walk the talk.

Social Networks & The Fundamental Attribution Error  "there’s nothing 2 protect us ,,, from the errors in our thinking"
This wasn't tagged as one of the five so it is a bonus for today. The message is relevant. There is nothing inherent in the process to protect us from the errors of our own thinking, UNLESS we include the folks in our inner circle in the process. Do you have an inner circle?

7 advantages of using QR codes in the career center  me: 4 something so geeky this is trending 
For something that is hard to use, not readily available, this is certainly seems to be a trending topic. Maybe the tide is rising?

Persistence and Job Search  me: yes, not overconfidence, not blind faith, focus reinforced with actions 
Persistence. What else is there to say? That assumes of course that you are comfortable with that person in the mirror.

Two Tribes: Scarcity & Abundance  "the way you see the world runs your life" 
Becoming re-acquainted with Tim Sanders. I have had his RSS feed for quite some time but he has a new book out now and is making the rounds with interviews. I caught his interview with Mitch Joel the other day and it reminded me how much the learning, sharing, laughing process I have is really tied back to what he said in "Love is The Killer App"

What have you learned that you can share today?