And the Survey Says…

August 26, 2009

headshot karenBy Karen Watson, CMP Experient

Can you believe three weeks have gone by since we all said our goodbyes at the 2009 e4 conference?? From the feedback Experient  received it appears everyone enjoyed and found tremendous value in the event.

I have been curious as to how many of you are already utilizing some social media applications or plan to in the future? As I awaited the results of the post event surveys I wondered what we would actually learn about our social media experience at e4?

Well, based upon the surveys received here are the findings:

  • Live Webcasts —
    • 24.43% of Experient clients are already doing live webcasts.
    • 45.9% plan to do so in the future.
    • Only 29.73% have no plans for webcasts.
  • Live Twitter Streams in Sessions–
    • 13.5% of clients have already utilized Twitter feeds in session(s).
    • 42.89% plan to do so in future
    • 44.59% have no plans to do so in future.
  • White Label Social Networking Sites (i.e. Social Collective)
    • Only 9.46% utilize white label social networking site.
    • 45.95% plan to do so in future
    • 44.59% do not plan to do so.
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ASAE 2009 — A Virtual View From the Cheap Seats!

August 19, 2009

Mike at podium alternate 800X800By Michael M McCurry, CMPExperient

This week I attended the ASAE Annual Meeting in Toronto, but the cool thing is I didn’t have to fly there.  I was a virtual participant!

While I obviously was not able to experience the normal networking and social opportunities that go along with physically attending a conference I was able to at least experience a significant portion of the educational content. Utilizing a live Twitter stream, marked by Hashtag #ASAE09, I attended three General Sessions (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) following the tweets posted by virtual and live attendees.  It was a very positive and interactive experience!  Sunday’s opening session featured Gary Hamel, and was outstanding, and I wrote a blog article recapping it from the tweets that were posted.

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e4 Power Networking — “I didn’t want to leave”

August 17, 2009

Jeff SacksJeff Sacks, CMPExperient

Have you ever been invited to a party that you just really didn’t want to attend but did any way since it was the “right thing to do”?  When the agenda was distributed for e4, I heard on more than a few occasions that people were jazzed about the education being offered, but “what is” and “why are” we Power Networking”?  As a mater of fact, while onsite at Gaylord National, I was speaking to one individual (who I’ll kindly refer to as Negative Nelly Networker) who told me that they were absolutely dreading the Power Networking time slot and would give anything to have a reason to not attend.

The “What is”  of Power Networking turned out to be a series of 5 minute power networkingconversations between two individuals who may or may not have known each other before they found themselves face-to-face across a 30” classroom table.  The “Why are” was clearly to have an opportunity to meet upwards of 10-15 new people in an hour’s time – and not just meeting them as in “how’s the weather” but as Keith Ferrazzi implored people to do – meeting them deeply and actually “giving a damn.”  I personally learned things about people’s families, jobs, dating activity, hopes, dreams and everything in between.  The energy in the room was palpable and people were networking their tails off.

It was a fascinating hour.  Andy Smith did a yeoman’s job of getting everyone to move along every five minutes and the group jumped in with two feet and really got into it.  As a number of us have learned post-e4, this was an experiment in networking that not even the Ferrazzi team was sure we could pull off.  They were so pleased with the results they expect to recommend this session to clients for years to come!

So…how could I experience this session and not have sought Negative Nelly out to see their reaction right?  All Nelly had to say was…”I didn’t want to leave!”  Nuff said.

Question — Have you or your organization engaged in a power networking session?  What was the outcome and why?  Please share your thoughts with us!


Nine Steps to Making Candor a Bigger Part of Your Life

July 9, 2009

Ferrazi_Keith_wBy Keith Ferrazzi – Ferrazzi Greenlight

Do you find that your colleagues and acquaintances would rather do ANYTHING than give you truly candid feedback (when it’s critical)? Meanwhile at home, you can’t get your family to lay off with the candor?

A friend was griping about that the other day, and there were lots of nods and laughs from the group. How can we get our coworkers to up the candor – and get a few more kudos from loved ones when we do things right?

Obvious but worth stating: If you want it, you’ve got to ask for it.

To make getting and giving candor a bigger part of your life, here’s a list of things to keep in mind.
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Virtual Partners

June 11, 2009

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By Denise Webster – Experient

Strategic, proven Experience. In short, this is what a meeting’s Virtual Partners (from the important client partner to the vendor and internal support) must deliver.

The strategic arena is wide open. The definition of virtual is unique to each program and company. A planner must put into the place the right processes and people to create the most customized of virtual events.  Determine or discover the vision and mandated delivery goals.  Is the definition of virtual simply a webinar or is the organization striving to think out of the box and deliver a multi level production?  Know the key technologies of the company. The final conference must showcase the strengths of its leaders and its products.  Then engage and align supporting partners who share in this mission and have the PROVEN bandwidth to deliver. Integrate the best capabilities of all partners in order to strategize a successful program.
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F2F Networking

June 8, 2009

Headshot_BReedBy Bill Reed – Experient

A colleague was recently telling me that she hates going to events where she will be in a room full of people and not know anyone, and I am just the opposite.  I LOVE that environment in contrast to her feelings.  She is quite the networker, yet she is more comfortable in an online chat room than in the F2F room.  Again, we are opposites.  When I reflected upon that, I wondered if the difference between us is that I have been taught how to do it, while many people just find themselves in the situation and have not had the benefit of knowing how to do it.  Most people get thrown into the pool of networking without instruction.

I was fortunate in that some of my teachings came from the best…..my politician of a father, professional mentors who excelled in networking, but mostly through attending an ASAE breakout session (decades ago, unfortunately) where the speaker was the venerable Susan Roanne.  She is an expert networker and has written many books on the topic.  I re-read these periodically to brush up on the basics and I can always hear Susan’s voice as I turn each page. 

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LinkedIn – I thought it was a job posting site?

May 26, 2009

By Andy Smith, Experient

Headshot_AndySmithLinkedIn was the first social networking site that I ever visited.  I have to admit that with one of my job responsibilities focused on developing new sales and account management talent, the job posting aspects of LinkedIn are what initally attracted me to the site.

Very quickly though I found LinkedIn to be the largest gathering of business professionals online.  What was fascinating was seeing the impact of LinkedIn grow in direct proportion to the time I invested on developing my presence online.   LinkedIn is based upon the simple concept that all of us are related to each other by just a few degrees of seperation.    Initially, we are all somewhat skeptical, but consider the following: