Archive - June, 2009

Lafflaw Likes Lunches and Learning Lots and Legal

The folks at (serious!) have sent me a C&D note on the "Lunch n Learn" series (serious?) because they have a client who has that registered.

Their client has a "page" called Lunch 'N Learn, and I guess the series we have here promoting others and their brilliance was drinking some of their Google Juice?  Never mind that I don't capitalize the "N" or put an apostrophe in the mix; never mind that almost every Chamber of Commerce has some variation of lunches and learning (Did the "EDS" they refer to invest so much postage?  And does the real EDS know that LaffLaw refers to their client as EDS in their mailings?)

Lafflaw asked me to trash any catalogs, brochures and print advertising I might have with Lunch n Learn on it (did they even look at some of these posts?) Seriously?  I may have to kill the 30-second spot I was about to air during Cronkite hour.

I'll probably be changing the name of the series to Brunch n Learn as to play nice … so if anyone has that registered and wants to send someone out to do their talking – let me know.

Why be so serious?

Aside: The attorney of record is a Mr. Tucker. No offense meant towards the late Mr. Laff. And they did say I could use the name by sending them some money for a limited license to use the term.

Lunch n Learn in the WWW (Wild, Wild, West)

Nice metaphor and story by Brandon Chestnutt in this How to Think Like a Social Media Cowboy presentation. I'm undecided whether slide # 9 or # 13 is my fave:

More Brandon:

- on Twitter
- on FriendFeed
- IdentityPR

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Slide: Don’t Shortcut the Storyboard

"A great storyboard artist is a great communicator" is one of the lead money quotes in the video shared on this Garr Reynolds' Lessons from the Art of Storyboarding.  Notice there is nothing said about being a great artist (period) 

If you're a blogger, teacher, public speaker, presentation designer, project manager, …  and you need to communicate your message in a way so great that others will share your message — then don't shortcut the storyboard.  

Everyone I work with gets the "Don't Shortcut the Storyboard" exercise. It gives us blog posts, talking points, slides, and improves our storytelling.

Brain Stew: Save Time, but Don’t Shortcut the Storyboard

BrainStew I
used to love Larry King's USA Today columns. In some ways, there were
all Twitter bits in newsprint. In that spirit, here's a mix of those
things cooking in my noggin not yet
ready-to-serve fully in a blog post, but possibly to meaty for a tweet:

A Blog is a Book in Beta

I often ask folks to think of their blog like a book in beta. Your categories are the future Table of Contents. Keep posting on a regular basis (and get comfortable with the garbage stuff — you'll write plenty of it, I know I do).

At the end of a year or two, you'll have the potential contents of a book. Whether you end up publishing one is secondary to the big picture. Because at the end of a year or two of posting, you'll also be very findable on Google.

Central Iowa Bloggers First Fridays: Bring a Friend & Listen

This Friday is the First Friday of the month, therefore it's that great day on the calendar when the conversphere comes to Panera U (map to 6740 University Ave, WDM) in the form of our Central Iowa Bloggers gathering around 8 AM.

IStock_000007536019Small This is an informal gathering that pretty much takes over the restaraunt for the morning. And the talk isn't always around and about tech (though that's part of it). These are face-to-face conversations about business, relationships, design, user experience, education, and just about everything under the sun — sort of like the online conversations we see on blogs and around Twitter.

This week, I'd like everyone to invite a friend you've been talking to about the benefits of Social Media. As you come in, stop just at the edge and ask them to listen for a moment.

What do they hear?  No, not that confounded buzzer going off in the kitchen – what do they hear amongst the group?  Nothin' but din. A whole lot of noise without a lot signal. 

But that's because they are not yet engaged. (Whisper that in their ear, then go introduce them to folks — the offline corollary to hyperlinking, yes?)

IStock_000007489848Small Once they become engaged in conversations, they will understand. They will see that the conversations  are important — maybe even to them. They will connect to people and discussions they want to follow up on. They will begin to see how  it's Noise Prior to Entry, Signal Upon Engagement

Every time I share this offline metaphor, light bulbs and a-ha moments come alive. So this week, bring a friend to our gathering — and get them engaged.

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Getting My Wave Suit On

I haven't used Google Wave yet, but here's the movie (it's a long one):

I watched this shorter, but a bit techie, Live Collaborative editing video first. Here's my quick take (though I've only had a sniff of Wave, not even yet a taste):

  • Transformative, real-time collaboration. That's what Google is teaching the computers to do (note to my educamatorpologist pals: if Google is banking on and teaching "transformative" "collaboration" with it's valuable assets, shouldn't we do likewise?
  • Channels for the noise. So many channels of communication. We need a Tivo-type social media channel guide to surf with. Could it be the Wave?
  • Power in Collective Smarts: Google Wave provides a framework for collaboration, and the collective and collaborative genius called the community (that's us) can build and improve upon that.

I'm looking forward to more.

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