Slides: Digital Dirt

In late March, I gave a presentation for the Mid-Columbia SCORE on how to use social and digital media to grow small business. Additional sources mentioned include the Pew Research Center research on social media. For additional information, check out:Social Media Resources PageTwitter is a Cocktail PartyWhat to Post? Owning Your Awesome

Online Reputation + Social Media Statistics Megathread

As I’m building out and working on a number of presentations that I’ll be giving over the next few months, I’ve run across something I kinda-sorta knew, but didn’t like remembering. People like quoting statistics. And as often as not, those statistics aren’t backed up by research, or even a self-reported survey result. You can find plenty of lists of “shocking social media statistics” or “101 online reputation facts that will blow your mind” or Read more…

‘But what should I post?’ : Owning your awesome

Driving home from what, to me, was a usual Friday evening of live broadcasting $5,000 being handed out to local nonprofits, listening to NPR. The story of Owura Kwadwo Hottish came on, discussing the worldwide attention he is receiving for teaching technology in his rural Ghana classroom by drawing a computer screen on the blackboard for every class. What especially struck me was this: Did your students laugh at you when you first tried teaching Read more…

Ad Expectations : How Vero likely won’t fulfill their promise

What, exactly, is an ad anyway? For anyone who spends a not-insignificant amount of their time online, the explosion of Vero in the last few weeks is impossible to ignore. It may be FOMO at work, it may be that (finally!) having a network that promises to stick to chronological timeline speaks to our frustrations. Whatever it is, the growth has been explosive. And the promises are huge. And I’m the first to admit – Read more…

TEDx | Love the Questions Themselves

In September of this year, I was offered the incredible opportunity to share my thoughts on the TEDx Coeur d’Alene stage. I was so excited to share my thoughts about how important the questions we ask are in shaping the world we live in. In the talk, I cover: How breaking questions down into informational, rhetorical, and exploratory helps us understand the expectations behind a question. Why asking a question is one of the most Read more…

The psychological alchemy of questions

There’s an alchemy in questions. Somehow that combination of words, tone, and curiosity blend to create conversation, emotional response, and social connection.Asking a question creates a shared framework for communication, and opens us up to possibility. It’s part of why I believe asking questions is one of the most respectful things you can do. How? Stick with me here, my research nerd is about to show. Uptalk, or how I learned to quit worrying and Read more…

Goldfish attention spans don’t justify anything.

At least three times in the last two weeks, I’ve been in meetings where the infamous 8-second time span was cited when talking about the demographic and psycho-graphic “realities” of generations, including the infamous Millennials. Specifically, the so-called statistic is that most people’s attention span has dropped to 8 seconds (sometimes less), down from 12 seconds just a few years ago. Even a goldfish has a longer attention span! Usually, it’s cited along with hand-wringing Read more…

Discussion Topic of the Day at 1,000

Crossposted at AThousandThingsToTalkAbout.com In the last 208 weeks, I’ve asked my friends a thousand questions. Quite literally. Starting January 14, 2013, I posted a question to my Facebook page for no reason other than to get people’s opinions. The conversation was interesting, so the next day I did the same thing. And again. And continued asking a question intended to spark conversation every weekday thereafter. In 1,456 days, I’ve asked 1,000 unique questions – and Read more…