Ted Murphy, Ashley Edwards, Drew Bennett, Jeremy Schoemaker and I are getting into the Christmas spirit extra earlyWednesday, November 18th, 2009
In early October I had the unique opportunity of speaking at the very first social media conference I ever attended: IZEAFest at Sea World in Orlando, FL. It was quite nerve-racking considering I was the new kid in the room and initially felt very out of my element. Would this community even care about what I had to say? Was I gonna get owned on the live-streaming Twitter feed? It certainly didn’t help that I was sandwiched between two people whom I have looked up to and admired since I first got really involved in social media and Web 2.0: Aaron Brazell (@technosailor) and Liz Strauss (@lizstrauss) – OK, honestly I was crapping my pants when Aaron finally wrapped up his keynote and it was time for me to come onstage.
Nonetheless, I have found that you grow the most in life by going outside and beyond your comfort zone. The first step is the biggest and most important. And this was a biiig first step for me. I was able to tell my story (a very quick version), explain how I, as an athlete, am using social media, and announce the launch of my new clothing brand, EdTrendy (@EdTrendy). I am incredibly grateful to Ted Murphy (@tedmurphy) and Ashley Edwards (@Social_Citizen) from IZEA for including me in such a wonferful event! Overall, IZEAFest was a tremendous learning and networking experience! I will follow up with another post about my highlights of the week.
Thanks to my friend Andrew Bennett from BenSpark.com for recording the video below!
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I was up in NYC this past weekend learning from some of the best minds in the tech and social media world at Audience Conference, hosted by Loren Feldman (@1938media) and Anton Mannering (@antonmannering). The event was held at the beautiful Hudson Theater and The Roger Smith Hotel (@RSHotel) in midtown Manhattan. I was utterly impressed with how different this event was from others like it. Loren said it best:
Audience Conference was a true reflection of it’s host; bold, brash, and unique. All the bullshit was eliminated. No tweeting. No laptops. No video. No long-winded speakers. No fluff. No swag bags. And no riffraff. In keeping with the tone of the event… that’s about all I’m going to tell you. If you weren’t there you missed out big time. it was truly a gathering of friends laughing, sharing, exploring, learning, and networking. We were pretty much just enjoying each other and the common bond we all share. It was all about the audience! How to build an audience, how to engage an audience, how to sustain an audience, how to challenge an audience, how to mobilize an audience, I could go on… We are all trying to gain an audience in one way or another.
I loved getting to chat with people in unstuffy social settings and interacting on a different level. It was a really good vibe. I felt like I was part of some secret fraternity. It was an honor just to be there. We had an absolute blast!
Here are some of my favorite things I got to do:
-See Slick Rick perform at Club Pacha at the Clickbooth (@clickbooth) party hosted by my good friend Eric Schechter (@EricSchechter)
-Sit in the Legends box at Madison Square Garden for my first New York Knicks game with my new friends Zach Johnson (@moneyreign) and Tim (@timschroeder) and Deb Schroeder (@chattygalblog) – Courtesy of Dina Riccobono (@MLDina) and Market Leverage (@marketleverage)
-Throw back a few too many Irish car bombs with Ted Murphy (@tedmurphy), Ashley Edwards (@Social_Citizen), Joe Vaughn (@joesales) from IZEA, Jeremey Schoemaker (@shoemoney) from shoemoney.com, Steve Hall (@stevehall) from AdRants.com, Mark Burstiner (markb), Tigh Buckles (@tighb), Stephanie Kibbe (@kibbe) from somekindofawesome.com and others.
-Have nice conversations and lots of laughs at the RSHotel with Adam Wallace (@adamwallace) from the Roger Smith Hotel, Brian Clark (@copyblogger) founder of copyblogger.com, Julie Anderson (@juliejulie) from Twist Pop Media, Joseph Jaffe (@jaffejuice) from crayon, Chris Heuer (@chrisheuer) from The Social Media Club, Stephanie Agresta (@stephagresta) from Porter Novelli/Digital Strategy Global, Brian Clark (@copyblogger) from copyblogger.com, Ezra Butler (@ezrabutler) from 1938 media, Joshua Karpf from Pepsico, Christopher Gurciullo from Snackable Media, Robert Bruce (@robertbruce) from knifegunpen.com, Anton Mannering (@antonmannering) from Undoogoo, Damien Basile (@db), Michelle Feldman (@michellefeldman), political analyst Rachel Marsden (@rachelmarsden), author Andrew Keen (@ajkeen), and many others!
-Shopping, dining, and singing karaoke with Murray Newlands (@MurrayNewlands) from MurrayNewlands.com, Heather Smith (@Heatherinbc) from BoatinginBeautifulBritishColumbia.com, Natalie Allegra (@allegrabella), Veronica Morales (@mktlvgveronica), and Dina Riccobono (@MLDina) from Market Leverage.
Somehow Dina snuck this embarassing video of me singing “My Humps” by the Black Eyed Peas with two lesbians at the coolest karaoke bar I’ve ever been to. Can’t wait to come back next year! WOOOOOO!!!
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