Category Events

Pitch Refinery SJQ Scholarships


Great Speakers at The Pitch Refinery

Melissa Pierce (Disclosure: Melissa has work with SJQ in a few capacities, we’re big fans!) has created something incredible – The Pitch Refinery! This Chicago conference, on September 22nd and 23rd, focuses on teaching people how to tell the story of their business, by a fantastic slate of speakers and mentors.

It blows the hackneyed “Elevator Pitch” into the 21st century!

Pitching is one of the most important work that StrategyJQ does – it’s how we get business. And it’s never easy, but it could be easier and a lot more fun! 

SJQ has bought 2 VIP tickets as scholarships for The Pitch Refinery to make  available to people who really want to go, but may not have the resources right now. As per The Pitch Refinery Blog:

“There are two scholarships available. Scholarships are open to anyone whether you are a student, an entrepreneur, or just interested in refining your presentation skills. If you are able to travel to Chicago and attend Pitch Refinery September 22nd and 23rd, but were previously deterred due to the financial burden of ticket prices. Please apply for the Pitch Refinery StrategyJQ Scholarship. 

Apply here. Scholarship winners will be announced September 4th.”


This conference is going to be amazing, and now you have one less excuse. Go see what Melissa has created with The Pitch Refinery and make something great of your own!

SXSW: Here We Come…

…and by “we”, I mean me and my fellow-crayonista, (and social media Boy-Toy) Greg Verdino. Not only are we going to hang with the TechSet, maybe hit some Karaoke, and be social in a way that, well, isn’t me, but we have actual WORK to be done!

Event: Network Solutions – Solutions Stars Video Conference

The Solutions Stars Video Conference is happening October 29th at 1pm. A number of social media luminaries – the kind that you usually pay a couple thousand to see – have participatedin this incredible event.

crayon’s panel at Podcamp Boston 3

I was going to be on this panel (until I took a certain job...).

The crayon Panel at Podcamp Boston moderated by Greg Verdino, with Doug Haslam, Phillip Robertson and Adam Broitman!

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.

October Events I’m Attending

There are a couple of events I’ll be attending in the next couple weeks:

October 16th – 17th: SMX Social Media in New York

Agenda Highlights: From the website
SMX Social Media will explore current opportunities and future developments, offering both fundamental and advanced panels on topics including:

- Social Media Marketing Essentials
- Linkbait – Chumming for Traffic on Social Media Sites
- Extra! Extra! The Social News Sites
- A Marketer’s Guide to Social Bookmarking & Tagging
- Effectively Leveraging Social Networking
- Evangelist – The Marketer’s Role in SMM

Full Agenda is here. I’m hoping to do some video updates, maybe some interviews and will definitely blog my impressions and do some live-Twittering!

October 16th – I’m hoping to duck out of SMX to attend NYC’s first Lunch 2.0 (great work Brett Petersel!) at

October 26-28th: PodCamp Boston 2
This will be my first PodCamp and I’m so excited to participate! I’ll be running around meeting people, learning about video, talking about Facebook and Second Life…and meeting great new people!

Here’s a list of proposed sessions.

I’ll be talking about PodCamp more as it gets closer.

So…who’s going to these events? Let’s make some plans!