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CFC Debrief

June 8th, 2010

I had the exceptional privilege of speaking at the Creative Freelance Conference this weekend (co-hosted by HOW and Marketing Mentor). At this amazing event, I got to speak to my people. Like everyone else in the room, I will return to the trenches and try to figure out better ways to work. In fact I may be using my “no” button tomorrow.

I always walk away from a talk having received more than I gave, and this weekend was no exception. The conference was great. Here are my personal highlights:

1. Conferences are more about the “in-between” for me, about the happy hour conversations or the walks back to the hotel. That social time is what made it really special for me, and I met some really great people at CFC.  Mark Duebner may have adopted me into his tribe and I think Steve Gordon Jr has a serious sneaker habit. So many great people.

2. All of the speakers were great. I got nuggets of wisdom from all of them. But I especially loved Dyana Valentine’s perfect pitch talk. More than her content, though, I just really think she’s rad. She prods people to embrace what makes them unique. Her name tag handouts ROCK! Mine read, “Hello I’m really good at calling people out.” Her excitement about teaching people is contagious. And I could not agree more; we are all so unique.

3. Connecting with others in Denver made for a great trip. I had lunch with a client, drinks with my friend RaShelle from inVision, lunch with a friend and even saw a Rockies game before I left.

I hope people got something out of my rant. I love speaking and could see myself doing more of it. Thank you to Ilise and Peleg for inviting me.

This is the longest time I’ve been away from my wife and kids in a while. Don’t worry, guys; Daddy will be home soon.

My 4 Hats

May 13th, 2010

Thanks to all my friends who came out yesterday to My4Hats. It’s much easier to speak when I can look out and see so many familiar faces, you know who you are.

And thanks to the people who nod in agreement or give me a grin when I make eye contact. It’s great encouragement for me to keep moving through the presentation.

I rarely feel nervous anymore when I speak, at least not how you would think. I’m not nervous about being in front of a crowd or being on stage, I do however feel nervous about having an impact. I worry that the material won’t be good enough or that somehow it won’t fit who is in the room. I feel the weight of being significant always, it never goes away. It’s why I work.

If you haven’t already head over to the Westamerica graphics blog and download the resource sheet that Joven and I put together. Also, feel free to send a thank you email to WAG, they don’t have to offer free learning days like WAGU but they do it because they care. Perhaps they feel the same weight about helping others and being significant?

And thanks to Tim McMahan for posting the above photo on Facebook which I stole for this post.

Hello Blog

May 5th, 2010

I look forward to sharing with you some of my rants, raves and ideas. But most of all I hope to be helpful. Thank you for reading and please let me know if you have any specific topics you would like me to cover. Best.