I just heard this from Trey Pennington at this offsite summit event that’s the after-event for Like Minds in the UK. I can’t really talk much about the whole conversation that spawned this, but I wanted to pull out this nugget that Trey said:
We are experience facilitators.
I’m at war with those who threaten anywhen (the state that the Internet provides us by allowing me to write this when I want and you can consume it when you want). To that point, I’m writing a very small manifesto of thought. Here’s what I believe with regards to anywhen. You’re welcome to sign on (or not).
The Anywhen Manifesto
We believe that time-shifting is every bit as important as work-shifting.
We will push back on the unintentional urgency people put on us.
We will seek out time-shifting-friendly means of interacting (like Google Wave).
We will attempt to respond in a timely fashion, but as it meets our other duties and obligations.
We will do our damnedest, but forgive our occasional drowning spells.
We will create in ways that promote time-shifting-friendly consumption.
It’s not all about realtime.
**UPDATE: This isn’t CLIENT communications. This is friends and colleagues.** I’m frustrated. I just spent about 20 hours without connection to the web. No email. No Twitter. No blog comments. No nothing. The technical reason was that my flight was seriously delayed, then held in the air, and then when I got to the UK (where I write this), I learned that neither of my phones is GSM-enabled, so I’m without communications technology.
But none of that is why I’m frustrated.
Check your last 10 blog posts, your last 10 tweets. Are they all about you. Are they all about your products, your services, whatever it is you’re pushing? How many are about you versus those that are about others (either directly about them or empowering them)?
I just went to a few blogs in a row to get a sense of it. Here are some of the ratios I saw, with self-referential in the left, and about others in the right:
My friend, Tim Sanders sent me this book by Nick Morgan, Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action (amazon affiliate link). I admit that as a pro speaker, I wasn’t sure what I’d take from it. Well, I took tons from it, and you might, too, either as a beginner or someone with some speeches under your belt. Here’s a quick video review:
In the book, Social Media 101: Tactics and Tips to Develop Your Business Online, my new book, I told people to come by and comment on parts of the book. Here’s the page for that.
In this edition of Kitchen Table Talks, I wanted to talk about how we perceive others, and how that relates to us. This stems from a conversation I had recently where someone said, “Oh, but YOU never are nervous before a speech,” and when I confessed that I was, she said, “then how come you never talk about that?” So, here I am:
A whole storm of responses came up to my pointing out this article about AOL’s new content strategy and how AOL is hiring up tons of displaced journalists.
The storyline of what most people are saying is, “Yikes. It’s pop culture over hard journalism. Society will collapse. Etc.”
Social media are a bunch of tools. They let us see things a bit differently. They empowered new ways of working together. But they’re just the tools. When this all gets cool is when we start really turning this stuff on our own passion projects, on our bigger goals, on what COULD happen.