RonAmok!

The adventures of an analog engineer and digital storyteller who studies emerging networks and their impact on the great game of business.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking before the Orange County Executive Network, a non-profit networking group for business leaders. The room held approximately 30 executives from every conceivable industry, including finance, insurance, medical, human resources, communications, education and business consulting. The title of my presentation was “Blogging for Business: Why it Matters.”

As I had done last week at the Tustin Chamber of Commerce, a quick show of hands revealed that nobody could identify the RSS symbol. One brave soul tried to guess by asking. “Is it a WiFi symbol?” This is just another example of how much work is still needed to help non-fishbowlers Cross the Chasm.

The presentation went very well. The audience was engaged, asked great questions, and the enthusiasm continued another 45 minutes after the presentation as I answered questions on an individual basis.

There’s a real interest out there for New Media — passionate business folks who just need help with learning the basics first, and then orchestrating a collection of New Media tools custom fitted to their business.

I’m up for the challenge, but the job is way too big for one person. Are you game?

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It’s always an interesting challenge, but it’s certainly nice to have a group of people that are hungry for information regarding new media. Sometimes it simply takes an outside voice to get people excited. Case in point: My employer was hesitant to dive into social channels until they were at at conference and saw Jay Berkowitz talk about new media. Suddenly, we’re rolling with initiatives I’ve been trying to start for a while.

Ed Roberts
August 1, 2008

It’s always an interesting challenge, but it’s certainly nice to have a group of people that are hungry for information regarding new media. Sometimes it simply takes an outside voice to get people excited. Case in point: My employer was hesitant to dive into social channels until they were at at conference and saw Jay Berkowitz talk about new media. Suddenly, we’re rolling with initiatives I’ve been trying to start for a while.

Ed Roberts
August 1, 2008

Ah, this sounds so familiar. It reminds me of a saying:

A prophet is not without honor, except in his native place and in his own house. Matthew: 13:57

When Ed comes up with ideas, well, “That’s just crazy Ed speaking.” But when someone from the outside says the very same thing — they’re freaking geniuses!

Trust me, Ed, I’ve lived through this at my old company. I’ve found that my life is easier on the outside, dealing with people who want to listen to me.

ronploof
August 2, 2008

Ah, this sounds so familiar. It reminds me of a saying:

A prophet is not without honor, except in his native place and in his own house. Matthew: 13:57

When Ed comes up with ideas, well, “That’s just crazy Ed speaking.” But when someone from the outside says the very same thing — they’re freaking geniuses!

Trust me, Ed, I’ve lived through this at my old company. I’ve found that my life is easier on the outside, dealing with people who want to listen to me.

Ron
August 1, 2008

I’m game. My question is what do we do from here, and how do we (or I) go about it?

Jason
August 4, 2008

I’m game. My question is what do we do from here, and how do we (or I) go about it?

Jason
August 4, 2008

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