What do you do? Good question. I was at the PRSA Western District Conference in LA recently.
Very few Advertising folks go to PR events. That is why I go.
There was an evening networking event and somebody asked me what I did? It stopped me for a while.
I don’t know why. I know what I do. Sort of anyway.
I always have my business cards in my back pockets. Both of them.
A lot of people would say I am a networker.
I always hand out my cards showing the back first. It says BLANK in large letters. Most people like that.
Always gets the conversation started. The smiles and the chuckles. That’s why it’s there. I’ve never changed the back. I have changed my job descriptions on the front over the decade I have been in business. Continue reading
Yes You Don’t Know Me. Painful.
I went to a networking event where I have spoken before. Around the time the iPhone was launched in 2007. Ancient history.
I didn’t know as many people as I thought I would.
None of the regulars came up to me and said “Hi Hank, how are you.” No strangers came up to me and said “I’ve heard of you.” I was alone in a crowd.
I suddenly recognized that I was a stranger at this event because I hadn’t been there in a while. Continue reading
Hey the New Year has started. It’s time to get some New Business.
Everyone is jacked up. It’s that time of the Year.
Smart New Business folks would have lined up January meetings in December. Their calendars are full with what they want to achieve versus random outreaches to strangers.
I got an email from a stranger on 1/6 at nine in the morning.
He shared his name and offered to be my preferred web development company. He would be happy to offer advice on my site. My site is not as important as my content these days.
He would love the possibility of helping each other out, but I didn’t feel much of what’s in it for me in his email. Then again he wasn’t thinking of me when he crafted it because he doesn’t even know me. He was thinking of his own needs. Continue reading
So this is the time of the year for predictions. Here are some behaviors and trends I see coming or going or maybe some things I want to occur. We all want to create our own versions of the future.
Productive people will increase the amount of silence in their lives. I hear, read, and see little smatterings of this in life and in the media.
Messages about no cell phones or photos are increasingly more prevalent on the bottom of menus. I was having lunch at a difficult to get a reservation restaurant the other day and the recently seated customer next to me asked the waiter about their Wi-Fi. The waiter turned and responded with a certain air of smugness that we don’t have Wi-Fi sir. I wish he would have added Monsieur.
The waiter was only one of a number of No Wi-Fi snobs I have met in the past year. Continue reading
In case you missed it the New Normal came from Convergence. Like many changes do. The first iPhone was launched on June 29th, 2007, Lehman Brothers collapsed on September 15th, 2008 and then social media platforms became mainstream. Convergence indeed.
The world changed forever.
Don’t believe it. Ask your kids if they would prefer to have a job or start their own business? Continue reading