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#e2conf attendees - Get Ready to Rumpus with @cmtybc @thecr @moxiesoft

Headed to #e2conf? You want engagement? You want transparency? You want achievable ROI? You'll want to head to The Rumpus Room.


The Community BackChannel, The Community Roundtable and Moxie Software are thrilled to invite you to The Rumpus Room! A gathering of Community Managers, Enterprise 2.0 denizens, Social Business strategy wonks and friends!

Join us for a tantalizing evening of PowerPoint Karaoke, food and fun! Bring your presentation (or heckling) skills, an empty belly, and good spirits! 

Here's how PowerPoint Karaoke works. Presenters will sign up to present with no prior knowledge of the presentation material. They will rock their five minute presentations! The audience will select the winners! 

Presenters are in the running for limited infamy, negligible fortune and prizes!! A good time will be had by all! 

A night to remember is coming. Are you ready? 

Grab your tickets now!

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Jamie 

Blog: www.jamiepappas.com

Business: www.pappasadvisors.com

Twitter: @JamiePappas

 

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Another EMC Community Job Opportunity Coming Your Way!

Opportunity's Knocking We're looking to add a few key team members to our family over here at EMC!  Take a look and see if you're interested! Please submit your resume through our resume system and feel free to let me know you did so, so that we can be on the lookout for it.

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Re-posted from Len Devanna's Blog


 

With Social Media becoming an increasingly important part of how we engage online, we're looking for some top talent to come join the team. Specifically, we're looking for a senior community manager type to help shape the future of EMC's community offerings.

If you have a strong passion for the social web, thrive in a highly collaborative team environment, and want to help build the future of digital communications, you may want to give this opportunity a close look. We're looking for someone who has successfully conceptualized, deployed and managed large and thriving B2B communities.

Sound interesting? Check this and other EMC opportunities out at the careers section of EMC.com. Candidates interested in this particular opportunity should search and submit your credentials against Req ID 59488BR.

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Jamie

Blog: www.jamiepappas.com

Twitter: @JamiePappas



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Opportunity's a knocking here at EMC - Check out EMC's Open Community Roles

Opportunity's KnockingWe're looking to add a few key team members to our family over here at EMC! Check them out and see if you're interested!

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Community Development Manager

 

Responsible for helping to build  EMC Community Network on-line community engagement strategy working closely with business unit marketing, product and technical teams to build an effective community footprint across public and private domains.  The position is based in Hopkinton, MA. A few of the fun things this team member does:

  • Provides consulting, training and support for community managers with the following direction and support
  • Maintains and constantly improves ECN Inside and Admin Corner, internal community resources that support large scale community on-boarding and growth.
  • Responsible for driving the value and growth of EMC’s Expert program; a member reputation reward initiative that identifies and promotes highly active community members. 
  • Drives content on EMC Community Network that promotes member discovery and engagement with appropriate communities 
  • Creates new self-serve tools and training modules to improve community manager competency    
  • Drives monthly community manager summits that encourage best practice sharing and problem solving 
  • Creates blogs, videos, tweets and other content that can be used across social media properties to drive awareness of  EMC communities

Sound like a great fit or want to learn more or how to apply? Check out the full job description here.
 

 


Online Community Manager, Information Intelligence Group (formerly Content Management & Archiving)

 

 EMC provides online communities for developers, customers, and partners who use EMC Documentum and Information Governance products and technologies. These communities contain a number of expanding resources including technical articles, code samples, discussion groups, and free Developer Editions of select products. Due to extraordinary growth in the amount of content and the number of members, EMC requires a full-time Community Manager to steer the communities towards the next level of member engagement. The position is based in Pleasanton, CA.

 

The Community Manager will foster community involvement and encourage conversation about the technologies, applications, and solutions provided by EMC’s Information Intelligence Group. These communities bring together Documentum customers, employees, and partners in an online environment, and encourage open feedback and participation across all groups.  This position will work closely with the Social Media manager.


This is a hands-on role for someone to have a real and visible impact on the quality of EMC’s relationship with its partners and customers alike. Here are a few of the fun things you'll get to do in this role: 

  •  Lead the day-to-day operations of the hosted community in conjunction with internal community owners. 
  •  Establish metrics to track progress against community objectives. 
  • Map out a plan for improving the structure of the IIG communities that will increase participation, content visibility, and member satisfaction, as well as ensuring that the community provides a resource for researching the benefits and capabilities of Documentum products.
  • Develop member recognition and reward programs that will encourage participation and recognize valued contributors.
  • Develop training materials and guides to assist members with finding, navigating, and creating content 
  • Assist with loading and promoting of sponsored content created for the community by various product and support teams, including product marketing, product management, support, engineering, education, and consulting.

 

 

Sound like a great fit or want to learn more or how to apply? Check out the full job description here.

Let me know if you have any questions or don't hear back on either of these positions and I'll gladly make sure  your info gets to the hiring manager!

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Jamie

Blog: www.jamiepappas.com

Twitter: @JamiePappas



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Do you get social? A Peek into #EMC's Social Business Journey

And, more importantly, do you “get” social?  Jive does! Conversation  

A few weeks ago, on Friday, June 18th, I had the pleasure of being invited to present EMC’s Social Business Journey to a group of friendly folks at the last session of Jive Software’s Get Social Tour 2010. I’m saying 2010, because I sincerely hope there is a 2011, 2012, and every year thereafter! This was a great opportunity to meet and converse with folks at all stages in their social business journey, and I absolutely loved it!

For those that were not able to attend any of the Get Social sessions for a variety of reasons, I highly encourage you to join the Jive Community take a look at some of the stellar case studies presented along the journey and see if they might be helpful to you in yours.

The cliff notes on my presentation are in my deck, and hopefully will provide a good starting point for you. Please let me know if you find them helpful, what’s missing, or even what you’ve done in your journey differently that met your stakeholder needs. I always love hearing others’ stories about their social journeys so that I can learn and evolve our own journey.


EMC Case Study - Jive Get Social Tour

View more presentations from Jamie Pappas.

While I love sharing EMC’s story, I have to say that the true value of such events comes from the ability to converse with and learn from others who are at various points in their own journey to a social business. And I particularly love hearing what has worked and what has not, so that I can test that our in our waters.

There was definitely overlap among the persistent themes I mentioned about Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston that same week:

  • There is still a ton of interest in getting started in this space, which is great! People want to start community and collaborating efforts and are coming in droves to see what works best to get going.
  • A whole lot of companies have started their journey and are seeing positive results from enabling their employees to connect and collaborate with one another
  • There is a keen interest in learning what other companies are up to, what is working, what is not, and why.
  • The ROI question seems that it will never die, nor should it. But it’s also amazing to hear the stories of the level of push-back some folks have endured in their journey to get social. As I said before, my answer to the ever-challenging ROI question is it’s a mix of both qualitative and quantitative measures.  Separately, they don’t mean a thing, but together, you can highlight savings, efficiency, and the power of networking and collaboration, so that it’s no longer a question of whether or not it’s providing tangible business results.
  • In person conversation and collaboration is just as important as staying connected online. The buzz and conversation in the air the entire morning is the strongest testament to this reality that I can offer. People were excited to meet others going through the same things that they are and you could feel the excitement in the air! Bringing people together in person is still an essential part of learning, development and networking. I don’t believe that will fundamentally ever change.
  • Carrying on the conversation after the in-person get together is just as important – which is exactly why Jive is offering up a group for us all to continue the conversation!

 

In fact, I can’t emphasize this point enough. It’s a really, really tough job to drive forward any type of social business collaboration initiative within just about any organization. Staying in touch with those that have been on the same path for some time, and those that are just starting their journey will provide you with a network of invaluable resources and people to bounce ideas off of, learn from, and develop lasting friendships with.

Your network, both in real life and online, will be one of the most important tools in your arsenal of the journey you are about to embark upon

So, what are you waiting for? Go - Get Social now

And if you're a large company with over 10,000 employees, come get social with us at The 2.0 Adoption Council, too!

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Jamie

Blog: www.jamiepappas.com

Twitter: twitter.com/jamiepappas

 

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Live from EMC World 2010 - updated with #emcworld blogs

Bl We've had a great week here at EMC World 2010at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center right in the heart of Boston.

In case you've missed the fun, here's a listing of the bloggers covering the event, many blogging right from our own Bloggers Lounge on the Exhibition floor:


LOTS OF NEW BLOGS ADDED!

 

 

Alexandra Larsson

Next stop: EMC World 2010 in Boston

EMC World 2010: DFS Real World Examples, Best Practices

EMC World 2010: At Blogger’s Lounge

EMC World 2010: My presentation around using Documentum in a SOA-platform

EMC World 2010: There is an App for Documentum now (iPhone OS)

EMC World 2010: Customizations of Centerstage

EMC World 2010: What is New and What’s Coming in Documentum xCP?

With Jamie Pappas in the Blogger’s Lounge at EMC World 2010

EMC World 2010: A moment at Momentum with Me

EMC World 2010: Chiming in with Word of Pie about the future of Documentum

 

Beth Pariseau

EMC World Day 2: Backup and Unisphere - Storage Soup

EMC World Reporter’s Notebook and Photos - Storage Soup

 

Carlo Costanzo

How to remove CRR or CDP in RecoverPoint

EMC World 2010 : What’s New for the Celerra

EMC World Session: Data Domain Best Practices for VMware

EMC World 2010 – The Journey to the Private Cloud.

 

Chad Sakac aka VirtualGeek

The calm before the EMC World storm… 

EMC World – thank you all!

 

Charles Hood

EMC World 2010 – Arrival Day

EMC World 2010 Update – Days 1 & 2

EMC World 2010 – Day 3 and Wrap-up


Christopher Kusek

EMCWorld Day 0 – At a glance, revisited, and Andy you’re a star #emcworld

EMC and AOL use VPLEX to reduce complexity in migrations, eliminating downtime!

EMCWorld Day 1 – Aching feet, dead phones, Brocade and what heaven is like!

EMCWorld Day 2 – Social Media, Roxanne, Sessions, Karaoke!

 

Chuck Hollis

Redefining RAID

The Real Rock Stars of EMC World: EMC IT

Building The Atmos Storage Ecosystem

Mid-tier Storage Accelerates

Live From EMC World! 

Helping To Chart The Course Of Private Clouds

EMC World 2010 -- A Retrospective

 

Colin Steele

Joe Tucci’s EMC World Q&A highlights 


Dave Hurst aka The Super Dave

Brave New Matrix

EMC World Day 1 – Preshow

There’s Gold In Them There Words!

Information Intelligence


Devang Panchigar aka StorageNerve

EMC World 2010: It was an exciting week

EMC World 2010: Keynotes and The Cube

 

Don Wake

Emulex at EMC World: Convergence, Security and the "Iron Man" HBA

 

Edward Haletky

VPLEX – The buzz from EMC World


Gina Minks

EMC World 2010 - The Wrap Up Post

One of the neatest things I did at EMC World

 

Hugh Griffin

EMC World Day 1

EMC World 2010 Day 2



Jennifer Gargis

Countdown to EMC World 2010

EMC World Day 2: Blogging through the Private Cloud

Going Strong at EMC World 2010

Dell’s Wild Ride at EMC World 2010 – Wrap Up

 

John Troyer
EMC World day 1 - VPLEX, Joe Tucci & Michael Capellas drop by, and an interesting private cloud TAB

EMC World 2010 - let's talk private cloud - live streaming

 

Kim Wisniewski aka kimputa
EMC World 2010 Prologue  

EMC World Wrapup – Day I

EMC World Day II – Building the Grid of the Universe (GoTU)

The EMC World Underground

User Experience and the AtmoSphere

EMC World 2010 Epilogue

 

Kiwi Si

EMC World – Boston 2010. Sunday Evening Photos 

 

Laurence Hart aka Word of Pie
EMC World 2010: DFS Real World Examples & Best Practices

EMC World 2010: Documentum Powering a SOA-Platform for an Operational Military HQ

EMC World 2010: Mark Lewis Keynote

EMC World 2010: Using Media WorkSpace for Collaboration and Review of Documents

EMC World 2010: EMC xCP / Documentum Performance, Scalability, and Sizing – Part 1

EMC World 2010: Documentum Architecture Overview

EMC World 2010: The Information Advantage for Solving Today’s Business Problems 

 

Len Devanna

Live from the Bloggers Lounge at EMC World

Talking Culture at EMC World with Joe Tucci and Jack Mollen

Talking Social @ EMC World 2010

 

Luigi Danakos

What is EMC World?…To me…

Are you following me? EMCWorld 2010 Day1

Bloggers Lounge EMC World 2010 Day 2

Emulex isn’t what I thought it was..

Fun with a shirt! EMC World 2010

Little things made EMC World 2010 The-Shanizzle

 

Mark Lewis

Episode 91: EMC World 2010 - The Birth of the Information Intelligence Group

 

Mark Twomey aka Storagezilla

This is VPLEX

Notes on Convergence

Notes on the team

 

Michael Trafton

EMC World 2010 - Day One Initial Thoughts

 

Mr. Denny 

EMC World Day -1

EMC World Day 0

EMC World Day 1

EMC World Day 2

EMC World Day 3

EMC World Day 4 (The final day)


Paul Dyck

Observations from EMC World

 

Polly Pearson

Brand Power. Big in Beantown with EMC in EMCWorld

Storytelling in Tech Land; Big Business Equals Human Beings (interview with Jack Mollen by Len Devanna)

Varsity Web 2.0 Behavior from a Big Brand (interview with Jeremy Burton)

The Courting of a CEO -- Michael Capellas on Joining EMC and Cisco

How Dusty is Your People Strategy? (Joe Tucci's live session with The Cube & the Employee Quarterly at EMC World)

What Good Social Media at a Company Looks Like, IMHO (Len Devanna, Jamie Pappas & Thom Lytle on The Cube)


Ray Lucchesi

VPLEX surfaces at EMCWorld

FAST, Cache & Boost – Day2@EMCWorld 2010

 

Rich Bocchinfuso

EMC World 2010 Initial Thoughts

Intro to Unisphere session at #emcworld

CLARiiON FAST Cache #emcworld

EMC World 2010 – Day 3 Update #emcworld

VMotion Over Distance with EMC VPLEX

 

Rob Enderle

EMC World Boston: The Death of Tape and What’s More Important than Technology

EMC World Wrap: New Corporate Structures, Listening to Customers

 

Robin Harris aka StorageMojo

StorageMojo @ EMC World 

 

Stuart Miniman

Joe Tucci Joins the Blogging at EMC World 2010

EMC World Cubed: 30 minutes of video on Converged Networking

 

TechTarget

EMC conference recap: EMC World 2010



Check out the photos from attendees, too!



Or, if video is your thing, check out the summary vids from each day:


 



 



 


 

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Spots4Bots @ #EMCWorld 2010 – Geo-tagging at its best!

VEX With so many social media options, it’s hard to pick and choose what ones make the most sense for conferences. We typically find ourselves using Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube, with a splash of Facebook for our annual EMC World Conferences.

But…we’re always looking for ways to spice it up!

When Len Devanna shared his great idea of using FourSquare at EMC World to drive donations of Vex Robotics kits to middle schools and high schools in support of student competitions, as we’ve done in the past, I was all for it! This is something really cool!!


A bit about the Vex Robotics Competition

EMC is a proud sponsor of many VEX Robotics competitions and programs, which offers students a unique and challenging team-based activity that puts high school and middle school students' engineering and technology skills to the test. Students collaborate, often with guidance from teachers and mentors, to build the most innovative robots possible and work together during competitions to obtain the most points possible, ultimately winning prizes for their schools.

In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition and their work within their team, students build their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and also gain valuable life skills. VEX Robotics scrimmages and competitions are held in many different cities, states and countries. Check out their website for more information!

Check out this video for a bit more about the program!

 


 

 

Using FourSquare to drive donations at EMC World

We have the pleasure of partnering with our Community Involvement team to donate one of these robotics kits to a school system for every 500 or so FourSquare #EMCWorld Venue check-ins during the EMC World event. You can also friend EMC World on FourSquare if you’re interested in receiving messages from us during the conference. I’ve also created a “Cheat Sheet” for folks interested in participating.

EMC’s support for this program enables students around the world to pursue their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, so we hope you’ll join us in our Spots4Bots campaign!!

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Jamie

Blog: www.jamiepappas.com

Twitter: twitter.com/jamiepappas

 

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Are you listening? Opportunity's a knocking here at EMC again!

Opportunity's Knocking We're looking to add a few key team members to our family over here at EMC!  Take a look and see if you're interested! Please submit your resume through our resume system and feel free to let me know you did so, so that we can be on the lookout for it.

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Re-posted from Len Devanna's Blog

Got a passion for all things online?

Does the vanity plate on your car start with http://?

Do you *love* helping others understand and leverage the power of the web?

If so, you may be interested in a couple of cool opportunities here at EMC. We're looking for two talented folks to join our Digital Strategy Team. Sound interesting? Read on for more info...

Some disclaimers first...

As much as I love to receive resumes through Yammer, Utterz, and Twitter, I'd ask that anyone interested go through the normal channel of submission. Basically, that means follow the relevant link below and submit your resume.

Also, some browsers struggle with deep links into our recruiting system. If you click a link and get a 'cookies not accepted' error or similar, just grab the REQ ID for the respective job and try a search for it here.

So - who are we looking for?

The first opportunity (REQ ID 49681BR) is for a Sr. Project Manager / Web Consultant. We're looking for  someone who has a deep understanding and a passion for the online space. A collaborative individual who can lead complex web projects, help others understand and leverage the online channel, and help drive the ongoing definition and execution of our digital road map.

A team player is key - and the right candidate should feel at home discussing the evolution of the social web, enterprise 2.0, rich media, SEO and SEM, etc;.  Experience deploying / managing large web sites and leading cross functional teams is a plus here.

 

Next up, an opportunity for a Project Manager / Web Publisher (REQ ID 49680BR). We're looking for an individual to help advance EMC's corporate Intranet, working closely with contributing groups to ensure business objectives are met. 

The successful candidate here should have experience building and maintaining web sites, including UI / UX experience, familiarity with design and production tools (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc;), strong attention to detail and solid communication / project management skills. Experience with Intranets obviously a plus.

I've shared a bit in the past about my take on EMC's corporate culture. Suffice it to say a talented, passionate and motivated individual can build one heck of a career here. Interested? Submit your credentials and let's talk!


Captivated by the force that is Gravity Summit, Boston 2009

Gravity Summit This past Monday, I had the absolute pleasure of attending Gravity Summit at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts put on by social media wizards Beverly Macy (also teaches social media marketing at UCLA) and Rodney Rumford (also co-founder of TweetPhoto which I’m looking forward to checking out!) 

The line-up for the day included big name brands sharing their social media experiences, strategy and advice for using social media successfully.  And the folks in attendance literally came from all over the country to witness the event, which speaks of the level of information one can achieve when attending.

Me, Hammer and Carina Cristiano Leoni @ Gravity Summit, Harvard

Hammer

MC Hammer – Life-long entrepreneur, blogger, tweeter, rapper, and all around nice guy - need I say more?

Gary Vaynerchuk – Also a life-long entrepreneur, creator and host of the famous Wine Library TV, and newly published book author

Troy Kelley – EVP & Chief Digital Officer @ Arnold Worldwide

Andy Mitchell – VP of Digital & Development Marketing @ CNN

Todd Defren – Principal @ Shift Communications

Josh Levine – Rebel Industries

Scott Gulbransen – PR & Social Media @ Intuit

Wendy Harman – Social Media Manager @ American Red Cross

Christi Day – Social Media Maven @ Southwest Airlines

Mike Spataro – VP @ Visible Technologies

David Puner (aka Dunkin Dave) – Social Media Manager @ Dunkin Donuts

Ramon deLeon (aka The Pizza Guy to Know in Chicago) – COO @ Domino’s Pizza Chicago

Polly Pearson – VP of Employment Brand & Strategy @ EMC Corp

If you missed the live streaming of the event on CNN.com/live on Monday, you can view videos of some of the folks on my YouTube Channel (some also embedded below). Hard to pick a favorite…Of course, I know EMC’s story very well, since I live it every day and am proud to be a part of the force and strategy.

Rather than do a play-by-play of the day, I thought I’d summarize the key points by picking a few keywords to describe the ongoing message of the entire day at Gravity Summit. I’d have to say they are listen, learn, engage, and empower.

Listen

Listen to what people are saying about your brand, whether it’s your personal brand or your company brand. Listen. Listen to what is being said, take it in, and use it as an opportunity to learn. In the opening remarks with Beverly Macy and Rodney Rumford, it was said “even if you’re never going to use social media in your business, you need to know how to listen to what your customers are saying.” I couldn’t agree more.

Learn

Learn from what is being said by others. There is an unprecedented ability to gain insights into what people are saying about your brand like never before through all social media channels. It’s like having the ability to finally be the fly on the wall we’ve all wanted to be at some point. As Rodney Rumford said “use social media to solicit feedback and be ready for what you’re going to hear – the good, the bad, and the ugly.” Take it as an opportunity to learn how to be a better brand and educate. Negative comments are such a huge opportunity to learn and keep people engaged. And, as Polly Pearson said, if people are complaining, it’s a sign they still care.

Engage

Engage with people via social media. I’ve always said that people want to connect with people, not nameless, faceless brands. Troy Kelley shared “markets are reporting getting more engagement out of social media than any other traditional marketing tools,” so now is your chance to get out there, engage, and be the central voice for your brand. As Hammer said, “perception has trumped reality, and if you’re allowing somebody else to control the perception of your brand, you’re in trouble […] being at the center of the flow of information about you and your brand is the key to managing your brand.”

Empower

Empower others to not only find out about your brand via social media, but also empower your employees to use social media in a transparent way. I agree with Gary Vaynerchuk that “social media’s power and potential are massively underrated.” I love Todd Defren’s take on social media: “social media is not about public relations, it's about public relationships […] social media is not about creating something new every day, but leveraging what you already have in creative ways.” It’s all about empowering people to take advantage of the opportunities social media presents to them and using social media to enhance information and relationships as we know them.

The only constructive feedback I have is that it seems like people were jumping out of their seats to engage with the presenters a bit more, and at times things felt a bit rushed. So, perhaps having one or two fewer presenters with a touch more time for Q&A would be a good thing? Hard to say for sure, but I’d love to see a bit more interactivity in the summit. After all, social media is about having conversations and building relationships.

All in all, a fantastic summit! My first of many, I hope! Kudos to Beverly and Rodney for a fantastic showing and event!

A few vids I shot from the event. See more on my YouTube Channel

MC Hammer Keynote, Part 1


 



Gary Vaynerchuk Keynote, Part 1 

 


Polly Pearson, EMC Case Study, Part 1

   


Todd Defren, Shift Communications, Part 1 

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 Jamie 

 Blog: http://jamiepappas.typepad.com/ 

 Twitter: http://twitter.com/jamiepappas

 


Clever Marketing by @GariFusion during PCB4

MarketingGenius I was browsing through tweets tagged with the #pcb4 hashtag for this past weekend’s PodCamp 4 in Boston when I came across what I thought was a genius marketing campaign on Twitter for Brookline sushi restaurant Gari Japanese Fusion


These people have worked it out – they locate local events in the Boston area, pick up on the hashtag and then tweet specials and coupons to the attendees around dinner time. It’s absolute genius if you ask me. 

More restaurants looking to get into using Twitter should take their lead and try to catch the eye of event attendees by tweeting the specials to their event hashtag. 

Very cool marketing plan that seems to be working out well for them! Can’t wait to try their sushi! 

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 Jamie 

Did being a woman influence my decision to present at PodCamp? Not in the least!

So, there's a conversation on a couple of women's blogs (linked to below) right now that highlights a concern about the lack of women on the session agenda at PodCamp, and now I've decided to weigh in with my own thoughts, as I've been thinking about this a lot in the past couple of days. I'm really upset with the suggestion (even in the faintest) that the organizers of PodCamp did not do their best to make sure women were on the agenda. I simply cannot even begin to see how this could be true.

To read the posts that got me thinking, click on the links below:
Podcamp Boston, lack of women speakers, and bringing things to neutral

Not so processed thoughts from the Girl Power Session at PCB4

The power of language – what does sexy mean?

Is it blind arrogance or good upbringing? The idea of the ballsy woman in today's society...

I value knowledge, not gender
The key organizers of the event, one in particular Michelle Wolverton aka ChelPixie to most of us, was a rock star as far as I'm concerned in bringing this all together. After reading comments from Chris Penn, I've just learned that the Director of Operations for PodCamp is also a woman, Whitney Hoffman. If you ask me - the two heaviest lifters of the entire event were women - and were again and again acknowledged and thanked by the likes of CC Chapman, Chris Brogan, Chris Penn and many others during the event. All the rest of us had to do was show up and converse! Anything beyond that was optional and encouraged, in my opinion.

Leadadiscussion While I wondered why there were not more women facilitating discussions at PodCamp, it did not for one minute cross my mind that it was in any way, shape, or form, the fault of or neglect of the organizers of PodCamp. I've never been to PodCamp before but - to be blunt - it was as easy as can be to find out how to lead a discussion on the website. The link to "Lead a Discussion!" is right along the main navigation at the top for every page. And I clicked it because I’m nosy like that, and as soon as I read what it was all about, I thought “Hey, I can do that and it'll be fun!”

What did cross my mind, however, is that it's a shame that more women didn't volunteer themselves to share their knowledge by signing up to facilitate a discussion that would show up on the agenda. But, sometimes life happens, and priorities change and maybe some women meant to sign up but never got around to it. Maybe that’s what happened, maybe not. I don’t know. And to be honest, I didn’t give it that much thought. Until now.

I didn’t give it much thought because I don’t value information coming from women more than information coming from men, or vice versa. I value information coming from knowledgeable people who converse with me, share their knowledge, and ask for mine in return. I value conversation.

We all have choices We always have choices
I really believe that. I chose to click that button, fill out a discussion topic and facilitate what turned out to be a fantastic discussion. Not because I’m a woman. That didn’t even cross my mind. I did it because I wanted to help people who are where I have been and I wanted to learn from them in the process. And I'm thankful for it because I learned a lot from the folks in that discussion. And in the end, that's what it's all about - not the claim to fame that I led a discussion - the fact that I learned something new and hopefully helped some others do the same.

Others chose not to click that button, and didn't end up on the formal agenda. But you know what - that's ok, too. There were still opportunities to get together at PodCamp, and many people I talked with did just that, including the bloggers referenced above.

Being a woman
The list of obstacles I've overcome is way to long to even begin listing them here, but suffice it to say that being a woman has never driven my choice - or worse yet – dissuaded me - to participate in something I was passionate about. Never. I probably have my own mother to thank for that. She instilled in me that anything is possible if I just put my mind to it, and I believe her to this day.

Did being a woman influence my decision to present at PodCamp? Nope. Not in the least. No more than being a woman influenced my decision to attend.

Take responsibility
What I don't understand is how not clicking that button was someone else's fault other than your own. Man or woman, social media guru or newbie, you had a choice to click the button. If you didn’t, that’s your fault, not anyone else’s.

When we choose to box ourselves into a corner and stop pushing ourselves to be the best we can be – whether facilitating a discussion at PodCamp or anything else – we’ve essentially thrown in the towel and just about guaranteed our own failure. Why would you want to do that to yourself?

Chris Penn just made an interesting post with a great quote that I’m stealing:

“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” – Richard Bach Sky's the limit

Me? I'll argue against them any day because the only thing that limits me is me. 

I think that’s a perfect note to close on.

---- Jamie
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