Hey Pally, Be a Rat Pack Blogger

The Rat Pack. Dean Martin. Frank Sinatra. Sammy Davis Jr. They worked together, they played together, and at times, they fought with each other.  They called themselves "The Summit." When they brought their talents together for projects, they were stronger because of their collaborations.  On stage: they dazzled the crowds with comedy and song, whether solo or … [Read more...]

Strong-End Summit: Charity: Water #BAD10 #AOC3

Friday afternoons are often a bit more relaxed, but relaxed doesn't mean lazy. The Strong-End Summits (videos that will keep brains and hearts afire) are a way to end our week strong and come back refreshed. As part of Blog Action Day 2010:Water and Age of Conversation 3 Bum Rush to benefit Charity:Water, this edition of Strong-End Summit is a PSA for that precious beverage and … [Read more...]

Blog Action Day & Age of Conversation: Like H2O

  For the last few years, I've been able to take part in two important projects: The collaborative storytelling of Age of Conversation and the cooperative Blog Action Day.  This year, they converge and combine together like...well...like H2O. Both projects combine efforts of community conversation in hopes to affect great change.  And this year, the … [Read more...]

The Bookstore Lesson

This was part of a training series previously offered, titled "0-60". This seems to be the favorite lesson of many - and count me among them. The bookstore lesson. In some ways, the bookstore is like the conversphere itself: Many genres of books Different types of publications (books, magazines, pop-ups, blank journals) Multi-media (music, movies, print, … [Read more...]

Your Transformation Playbook: You Already Know How to Be Great

There are some fantastic business books that transcend business and also work well in sports, education, parenting, and just about any discipline. Add You Already Know How to Be Great to that mix.  Author Alan Fine, who himself has coached business leaders, organizations and pro athletes, has put together a handbook to guide his readers to breakthrough for themselves, and … [Read more...]

Slide: Do You Want the Truth?

  I occasionally find myself in a position to ask this question. Some business folks just want justification for their "stuck in 2000-AOL" ways. Some folks want the straight shot. And sometimes, I can't tell -- So I ask: "Do you want the 'feel good' -- or the truth? Flickr photo by Butter Sponge Inspired from a scene in The Matrix An in-depth look at this scene … [Read more...]

0-60 Series: Day 11 – Homework: Getting Ready to Go Social (Reserve Your Name)

In this series, we will cover some of the first 60 days of integrating social media into your overall business and marketing strategy. These trainings are designed to be completed in an hour (after all we have businesses to run). Just a few days left before we launch your blog. Today, we're going to travel outside the blog a bit, securing your usernames with other social … [Read more...]

Should Every Business Blog?

A fellow Social Mediaticialist recently asked my opinion: "Should every business have a blog?" My answer surprised me. No. A few years ago, I would have answered differently. Now, I believe every business could blog. But I no longer think every business should blog. Many companies are outsourcing all their social media - and while there are ways that can work, there a … [Read more...]

On This Day in Social Media History: Saturday Night Live Launches

Image via Wikipedia In 1975 when Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC on October 11th, George Carlin was the first host. Guests included Andy Kaufmann, Janis Ian and Billy Preston. In some ways, the Not Ready for Prime Time Players (the cast) were like bloggers before blogging. Skits were short and sometimes they tanked (find SNL transcripts). They took chances.   The … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops: 10/10/10

Whistle Stops are conversations, eye-openers, or tools representing the brain train discovered while traveling along the Conversphere.  From business to education, life hacks to giving back, these are the posts and links that have in some way grabbed my attention this week! Elsewhere: 10 Awesome Tools to Make Infographics at MakeUseOf - I am amazed at some of the … [Read more...]