No, I’m not a Scientologist. But, Cuil seems to think that I am. Check out this search result (screen shot below).
I just registered for ConvergeSouth 2008 and BlogHer Greensboro ’08. Right now, I’m not speaking. I am thinking I may keep it that way and take it easy. I have an opportunity with ConvergeSouth, but I’m thinking it over. BlogHer doesn’t tend to have male speakers, I don’t think, but I’d definitely like to participate in something community minded, if I could! Anyway, is anyone else going?
Is anyone thinking of attending ConvergeSouth? I am giving it some thought. It’d be about a 5 hour drive for me, but I’m looking into it now to see how/if I could make it and if they have any interest in me speaking, etc. We’ll see. But, in the meantime, I’d love to hear if anyone I know is going, besides Jonathan, who it’d be awesome to meet.
Update 2: I will not be on the podcast today.
Update: The podcast is actually at 8:00 PM ET, not 5:00 PM ET. Sorry for the confusion.
I also jumped on the July 11 episode of Blog World Expo Radio where my friend and co-panelist Jason Falls was the featured guest. I spoke for a few minutes about the panel and the book. Co-host Jim Turner shared some thoughts on the book and the show as a whole is a great listen.
Thank you to everyone for the interest in the book!
I’m really happy to announce that I will be speaking, at the Blog World & New Media Expo, on a panel called “Avoiding Diaster: How Not to Use Social Media”.
I’ll be joined on the panel by:
Lee LeFever – Principal, Common Craft
(Darren is to be confirmed. He’s hoping to come, but it’s not 100%).
I am delighted and, honestly, quite honored to be on a panel with them. All three are great, brilliant and truly good guys. It should be a total blast.
The panel aims to discuss how not to approach social media for people looking to promote themselves and/or their companies through blogs, forums, social networking sites and other social spaces online. We’ll highlight and discuss strategies and tactics that can damage you and your brand, such as introtisements and adverquestions (veiled advertisements), lying about your affiliations, never giving anything of value, being ignorant of your surroundings and much more.
The takeaway from the panel will be a better understanding of how to utilize the social web to get the word out about yourself and/or your organization. We learn not only from best practices, but from poor practices. Who you want to be, directly relates to who you don’t want to be.
This is definitely a subject that I am passionate about. It was also inspired, in part, by an awesome post by Wendy Piersall called “10 Social Media Blunders that Can Destroy Your Brand”. The points discussed during the panel will be based, to some extent, off of this post, with permission from Wendy, who we wanted to be on the panel – but she’s already rocking the conference pretty hard, from what I gather.
We don’t know what day the panel will be on, yet – either September 20 or 21. The conference is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are coming out for it, please let me know as I’d be happy to meet you! It’ll be my first time going and it looks like an awesome conference. I am hoping to do more, especially with the book and their bookstore. So, hopefully, I’ll see you there!