When you gather with people are you focused on building your network or are you connecting others. I am not saying that networking is bad. It is an essential part of doing good work. But I have found that the best way to make connections is to focus on others. I have had many opportunities to see this done well but a recent visit really stands out. Over the last few years I have enjoyed getting to know Chris Brogan. Last year we shared some great time together with friends in Portland after he spoke at The Portland Communicators Conference. We did not get a chance to see each other again until CES this year. Like before in Portland, instead of networking or catching up, Chris spent the time introducing me to people he felt I needed to know.
We all have bad days. When the really bad ones come (and they do for all of us) who talks you off the ledge. A bad encounter with a co-worker, a surprise medical bill or just a lousy nights sleep can send us into a spiral. Stress levels are so high today. I know at least a dozen friends searching for work after having suffered layoffs. All of us know someone who is near the edge of desperation. We don’t need to look far to find someone who needs some perspective, encouragement or just someone to listen.
It really comes down to noticing others. Connecting with people is simple. A smile can change a day. If you see someone struggling and you already know their story, it does not take much to change their whole outlook. It does take risk, but I know personally that the risk pays off. Rarely will someone tell you to mind your own business. Here is a book review of the The Noticer by Andy Andrews I wrote nearly two years ago, that cover this……
While at a content marketing conference today I heard several people encouraging others to hire outsourcing for your content. Now understand, I am all for outsourcing, just not the things that are essential to your voice and building trust. So I asked my friend Terri Nopp that question: would you hire someone to talk to your children or your spouse? Your customers, your tribe, your community are important to you, right? Hopefully they are. She replied “a counselor”. We had a good laugh. So yes, good point, but that is if you have a problem with someone you are trying to reach.
Hire guides, consultants and mentors. Ask them……..
Last week I was at CES (The international Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas for the second year in a row. Overall I am still thrilled that this gadget laden event is really about the people and not the tech. Yes, you get to peer into the future of what is coming in 2011-2015 but as my friend Tim Sanchez in his guest post last week said, tech enables, people serve. So what I wrote last year still stands not only for the geekiest conference on earth but any conference. That said I wanted….
My friend Tim Sanchez was not able to attend CES this year and will be living it out through my updates. He did have some great things to share regarding tech and how it will never replace the human connection. You can keep up with me while I am at CES at @somagames and I will be posting for The Huffington Post Tech.
This week marks the start of CES 2011, the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show. More than 125,000 people will flock to Las Vegas in hopes of seeing the next big thing in consumer tech……
I first found this great WordPress plugin tool via Chris Brogan’s post. But the cool part is, Editorial Calendar changed my blogging habits completely. I went from posting sporadically, which is too common for most bloggers, to posting consistently three times a week. Today I asked my friend Justin Lukasavige to do a quick video showing how he uses it. Thanks Justin!
One last note: I use the tool on the fly every-time I get a post idea. I get them in the middle of conversations, while travelling, watching a movie, you name it. Instead of making a note on my iPad, sending myself an email writing it on my hand, I now open up the Editorial Calendar, …..