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Month April 2008

Events I’ll Be At/Participating In April/May/June

I’ll be at a few events in the next few weeks – please find me and say hello if your attending any of these!

April 25th and 26th – Podcamp NYC, Brooklyn NYC

May 7th to 9th – “Food for Thought”, a conference on unconventional creativity, Greenville, NC. I’ll be participating on a panel on the 8th.

May 10th – SocialDevCamp in Baltimore MD

June 13th - BlogPotomac, Falls Church, VA

I’m also looking into going to Graphing Social Patterns East in Washington DC, June 9th to the 11th.

Gary Vaynerchuk’s GPD08 (Good People Day 08)

Gary Vaynerchuk,  is one of those amazing people who can motivate you and put you on a path to change your world in the space of 10 minutes (I saw this myself during the NYC Tech Meetup Monday Night). Whenever I need a shot of inspiration, I watch one of his videos and this passion and enthusiasm is infectious.

So yesterday, when Gary posted this video asking people to participate in “Good People Day 08″, I couldn’t wait – I have a long list anyway of people I’m grateful for. There are tons of others – Connie Reece, Jason Falls, Scott Monty to name three – but these are the people I check in with most often.

Chris Brogan – Chris gives like no one I know – knowledge, time and amazing hugs. He finds the time to check in when I haven’t been around for awhile and was exceptionally supportive when setting up JaneQuigley.com. His post inspired an experiment that still has a lot of my clients and potential clients talking, which is always good. I wish I could repay Chris for the constant push he gives me.

Laura Fitton – I’m so proud of Laura (@Pistachio). She has really come into her own this year – I think of her as our Social Media “It Girl”. I think her lifestreaming work is brave and so open. We’ve also developed a very cool friendship, which I treasure. She lives a huge life.

Geoff Livingston – Author, BlogPotomac organizer, Buisness Driver – Geoff does it all.  I’ve given “Now is Gone” to many of my clients and peers because it’s a fantastic primer for people wrapping their heads around the social media space. He’s agressive and smart – and our conversations make me smile. He’s a daily touchstone and a fantastic friend.

Jeff Glasson – I met Jeff at PodCamp Boston and have enjoyed his friendship ever since. Jeff and I send videos (Facebook or Eyejot) and he always brings a smile to my face. He smart and funny and has so much to contribute in any conversation. Jeff has a really subtle enthusiasm which is very winning and must really work well with his clients.

Britt Raybould – I met Britt at SXSW (thanks to Chris Brogan). She’s an amazing and focused person – much more than I was at her age – with a very clear perspective on what works for her and her clients. I wish I could find someone just like her for my team and I look forward to connecting with her again. It was great seeing things in Austin through her eyes and our conversation really gave me this new sense of excitement for what I’m doing.

So those are the people who have really made an impact on me this year – I feel lucky to have gotten to know them.

UPDATE: I love Laura’s (@Pistachios’s) point that “Good people are made” and that people should work to do this for themselves. Belief in yourself, as well as validation from others, is key from going from “Good” to “Great” – and who doesn’t want to be great?

Tagged with the 4X4 Meme…

So with 4 Days to Blogger Social here in NYC, I’ve been tagged by my SXSW roomie, Tamar Weinberg for this 4X4 meme. You’re given 4 questions and you need to give 4 answers, then tag 4 people.

4 Jobs I’ve Had

1. My first job was working for a Waldenbooks store for a lovely man named Joost, who introduced me to The Moonstone (one of my favorite books).
2. Worked for Harrod’s in London (the section where you buy those PVC bags). Best job ever. They bought me a plane ticket home for Xmas when the airline I was booked on went bankrupt and replaced Christmas presents that had been stolen at a company function. And wouldn’t let me repay them. Best job ever.
3. I was a Nordstrom Dress Buyer – worked my way up the company, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do. Everything I know about managing people comes from this experience.
4. I am currently the Senior Director at <a href="http://www.zetainteractive.com">Zeta Interactive</a>, an interactive ad agency in NYC – and my focus is Social media and emerging technologies. And it’s a blast.

4 Things I’ve done in the Last Four Years

1. Go back to London and reestablish friendships and my love for the city. It’s still my dream place to live. One day.
2. Change jobs – I ran the Interactive Division of an Ad Agency that focused on Real Estate, now I have a much bigger purview. I do miss the interaction with my developers and creative team – who I still keep in contact with and adore. It’s one thing I miss in my current position.
3. Have a major operation – which I didn’t take as seriously as I should have and am still experiencing (not serious – just enough to be annoying) repercussions.
4. Fell in and out of love. Ok, serious Like.

4 Movies I can watch over and over

1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Newman and Redford at their best. "You just keep thinking, Butch…"
2. The Suicide Kings – Denis Leary, Jay Mohr (who does the best impression of…) Christopher Walken.
3. High Society – Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra (and great music). This is a definite 2am movie.
4. Grosse Point Blank – John Cusack and the best soundtrack ever.

4 Websites I visit everyday

1. Google - and that includes Gmail and my Reader
2. Twitter – I check in on a lot of my friends pages to catch up (it’s hard to hear all the conversations with over 600 people)
3. Facebook - I use it a lot for business as well as personal
4. My Basecamp/Backpack/Campfire, etc pages – my 37Signals web tools. I’ve just restarted using them again and it’s really gotten me focused again.

Ok – here’s the four people I want to hear from.
Bill Cammack
Connie Reese
Geoff Livingston
Jeff Glasson

You can answer any of these questions: 4 Jobs I’ve had, 4 Favorite Foods, 4 TV Shows I DVR, 4 Movies I could watch Over & Over, 4 Places I’ve been, 4 Places I’ve lived, 4 Places I want to go, 4 Music Artists I’m listening to now, 4 All Time Favorite Musicians, 4 Shows I have been to, 4 Cars I have owned, 4 Things I have done in the past 4 years, 4 websites I visit daily, 4 places I’d rather be right now, 4 People I think will respond, 4 Things I look forward to this year, or 4 Underrated conversational topics.

Can’t wait to hear from you guys!