The calendars have been flipped and 2017 is upon us.
A fresh start and we don’t know if the car is going to crash over the cliff, handle all of the curves or keep on driving off into the sunset.
I’m full of worries for the world around me. Anyone with half of an open mind would realize there is a pot of turmoil and upheaval boiling on the stove and soon it is going to start making a mess.
The holidays were full of quiet time away from screens and memories being made with those I love.
There has been plenty of thought put into my 3 Words exercise and yet I haven’t settled on the ones I want to commit to. I’m trying to not make them fight, truth and balance. Those are all going to play a big part, but they can’t be the focus. Or should they? I’m still deciding.
The discussions happening behind the scenes give me hope. Catching up with friends via back channels rather than conversations in the open. Slowly seeing more people questioning decisions being made around them. Realizing that there is only so much one can prepare for when most of our reality is out of their control.
I find myself with a bit of a clean slate this year. Several relationships have gone away and while none of them held me back, they did dictate the paths I had to choose sometimes. The idea of open roads and shifting with the win excites me.
Someone asked me over break what my job description for 2017 might look like and as I pondered the question for a minute “Create and Inspire” is what I settled on.
Two words don’t make a job description, but as I pull together my syllabus for the two classes I’m teaching at Bentley this spring and think about the projects I want to finish this year, they work.
Two speaking gigs I have in February certainly fit into the inspire category. Brand new talks on back-to-back days in two difference states. I can’t wait.
Today new cameras will arrive for me to test out and I have a short film I’m story boarding out with the plan of releasing it before spring.
2017 is going to be a rough year. So much turmoil and transition. Emotions are going to be on the razors edge at all times. People will click, scream and share without thinking. It is going to get worse before anything gets better.
That being said, I’m focusing on what I can control. What I can do. What I can make a difference with. So much that will happen in the days ahead I have zero control over and getting angry will do very little except make my life worse.
As angry as I might feel about something, does screaming into the Internet abyss help anyone? Does it do anything to curb my anger?
The rain is falling outside. None is hitting me because I’m inside of my house, typing away on my computer. I’m fortunate to be in this situation and will never take it for granted. So many people I know are hurting from a myriad of things and in the grand scheme of the universe I’m not. Every morning I wake up I try to remind myself of that.
I’m going to spend less time at this desk and more time moving, doing and helping.
The last book I was reading in 2016 was The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World and it is the first book I’m reading in 2017. It is full of nuggets that I know I’ll be carrying with me over the coming months. Nuggets that I’ll take out, ponder and breath with when I need them. I highly recommend the book.
I hope 2017 brings you what you seek. Be prepared to work for it. Don’t expect anything to be given to you.
Always remember that you don’t have to scream to make a difference.
Go get it.
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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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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