What You’ll Find on my Desk

My Desk - 1-3-2013

One of my #3Words for 2013 is minimize and yesterday I needed to clean my desk off to start that process.

My desk is one of the most important locations in my house as I spend a lot of time there. I write, edit my photos, make videos, take meetings and pretty much run my business from this very spot. Because of that I’m always trying to find the ultimate combination of technology to make it as productive a location as possible.

I took and shared this photo after cleaning off my desk and instantly received a ton of questions asking “what is that?” about various items on my desk, so I thought I’d write up a quick walk through of my desk to answer those questions.

I’ll describe everything from left to right. Most links are affiliate links.

While it is mostly off camera, my MXL V63M Microphone is crucial and always present on my desk. This is the same microphone I bought back in 2005 for podcasting and I use it to this day for all my Skype calls, webinars, voice overs and new episodes of Managing the Gray. The boom mount allows me to move it out of the way when I’m not using it and it takes up a tiny amount of desk space.

I can tell that I took this photo later in the morning because where my coffee usually would be is my GORUCK water bottle and leather coaster. I tend to drink at least two full bottles worth every day and try to never be without water. If you like Nalgene bottles like I do, definitely check out getting a Humangear capCap to make them easier to drink out of.

I never found an iPad desk stand that worked for me, so I use to have it laying on the desk charging until I bought a HoverBar. It is a flexible metal arm that connects to my display and keeps my iPad off the desk. I rarely use it as any form of secondary monitor, but it is nice when notifications pop up and I can look over to it without stopping typing and see what is going on. I’m still not sure if this will stick around long term, but for now I’m liking it.

Twelve South makes a lot of products on my desk and if you are an Apple type of person you need to check them out because their products rock. My newest product (and what motivated me to clean the desk) was the arrival of a HiRise Stand that I decided to buy myself as a late Christmas present. It has a hidden compartment in front to put little things that end up hanging out on my desk and already I like having my Apple Display raised up a bit. Who knew it would make such a big difference?

What you can’t see is my 13″ MacBook Air hidden behind the display on a BackPack Adjustable Shelf which is such a simple, but effective product. I love that my laptop is always here and when I hit the road I just unplug it and go. The cables stay in place and out of the way. A magic combination for my sanity.

Because of all the devices I’m always plugging in and out, I’ve gone through a variety of USB hubs and currently am using a Moshi iLynx that has worked great for a number of years. I also love that the Griffin Simplifi Dock has extra ports in addition to being where my iPhone stays all day AND it has both an SD card and a CF card reader built into it. Sadly, they are not making an updated version that has the Apple lightning adapter so I will have to get rid of this when I upgrade my phone. I love this device and would hate to have to find a replacement.

There are also copies of Content Rules and Amazing Things Will Happen that I’ve had sitting on my desk for far too long that I’m due to bring to my local library for their “town room” where they keep signed copies of books by local authors. You’ll also see my bluetooth headset that I use for taking phone calls and my Mophie PowerStation (RED) that I’m charging up for NMX this weekend.

Finally, you’ll see my speakers and audio control. Music is almost always playing whenever I’m at my desk. As I write this I’m listening to Howard Stern as I do most mornings. Baba Booey!

I’ve also got a few special things on my desk including my hand carved pen holder from Ghana, a mug from Best Made Company and my pick yourself mug from Seth Godin. I’m a big memento type of guy so you’ll always see little things like this on my desk and in my office. Sometimes a bit too much of it 🙂

So there you go my friends. The desk of little old me and what allows me to do what I do. Hope this is helpful for you.

In a year, it should be interesting to look back and see how much changes.

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C.C. Chapman


Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and headshots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…


I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.


If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Canon 80D, an iPhone 7+ and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on Instagram and Flickr.

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters, and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing, and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.


Helping others learn and inspiring them to achieve their goals is the most fulfilling thing I do. As a Visting Instructor of Business and Management at Wheaton College and as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Communications at Bentley University I get to do this with the next generation. I’ve also developed and taught courses for LinkedIn LearningLynda.com, CreativeLive, and Treehouse.


On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well-done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.

Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at CC-Chapman.com


Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s, even more, to know about C.C. Chapman if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.


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I’m involved with a lot of organizations and clients. I believe in being completely transparent and open about everything I’m working on. I’ll do my best to keep this updated and of course, will clearly disclose relationships in any post that require them.

I am open to being pitched and invited on press trips.

Companies do send me items in the hopes that I will review it or share with my community. If you send me something it does not guarantee a review.

With that in mind, my mailing address is:

9 C Medway Road #117
Milford, MA

Current relationships include:

  • Verizon FiOS provides me with service in exchange for a monthly post on technology of my choosing


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