The organizations I’m supporting on #GivingTuesday.
Quality time with good friends inspires C.C. Chapman to record a new episode of Managing the Gray.
C.C. Chapman is now the Chief Marketing Officer of YSN.
I’m excited to announce that my new Lynda.com class Content Marketing Fundamentals is now live. Current Lynda.com subscribers can enroll and start watching immediately.
If you have never heard of Lynda.com, I’ve been a fan for years. Their all you can eat pricing model is why I’ve always liked them.
They only work with the top teachers in any given field and I’ve watched everything from photography classes to creative inspirations on their site.
This is my second course with them (first was Insights from a Content Marketer) that the photo above is from. I have two more coming out in the new year as well that we’ve already filmed.
Below you can watch a couple of videos to get a feel for the class.
Once you’ve watched those, if you want to take the course or ANY of the other great Lynda.com online training classes has I’ve got a free seven day account for anyone who wants to sign up.
Click on the banner below and you’ll get seven days to take as many courses as you want for free. Can’t beat that deal!
I hope you enjoy this course and will share it with others.
Travel journal from C.C. Chapman and the twenty four hours he spent in Istanbul.
Black and white photographs by C.C. Chapman of Istanbul, Turkey.
Today is National Family Literacy Day and I’m helping raise money for a great cause works hard to insure that families around the country discover the power of reading and get all the assistance needed to make that a reality.
Photos from a weekend escape to Miami Beach.
American made products need more exposure like this great #AmericanField event in Boston.
Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to attend IdeaFestival 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.
This yearly gathering of the eternally curious is easily one of my favorite conferences. I always leave with tons of brain nibbles that keep me thinking long after I’ve returned home.
Up front, I need to thank the team for flying me down and taking care of me while there. All they ask in return is that I share my thoughts with those who will listen and I’m happy to do so.
Sadly, I had to miss the first day of the festival which focuses on the youth of the world and is known as Thrivals. Last time, it was my favorite day and since I don’t think our youth get enough credit or exposure for what they are doing I wish more people knew about this.
Overall the event hasn’t changed much since I attended in 2011 and that isn’t a bad thing.
There is a single track that everyone attends. Each speaker has 45 minutes to present and then there is a 15 minute conversation between them and a moderator with time for questions from the audience. It is a format that I haven’t seen used much at other events and it sets a great tone.
IdeaFestival is in the family tree with TED, PopTech and OTA Sessions where only speakers with a unique perspective on their corner of the world is invited on stage.
I loved hearing what Ariel Waldman has been doing with Spacehack and her life since leaving the agency world. Dr. Daphne Miller‘s passion for soil, farms and what we eat struck a nerve with me that I wasn’t ready for and I bought a copy of her book Farmacology as soon as she was done speaking. I worried I was going to be bored when Professor Rafe Sagarin took the stage, but as he spoke about how marine life adapts and innovates and I was glued to his every word. Finally, seeing my friend Kevin Smokler on stage first thing in the morning to discuss his book Practical Classics and the state of high school education was a special treat.
Sadly, one horrible talk did sneak in. I guess that happens at every conference, but I nearly screamed for the person to get off stage after the constant self pimping and bullet ridden slides. Thankfully there were enough other talks to wash the bad taste out of my mouth.
The one thing missing from the event that in my mind made them stand out from so many others were the performances. Last time, they had slam poets, musicians and other artists performing in between some of the sessions and there was none of that. Yes, at night there were opportunities to take in various artists, but having it included during the day was a powerful way to expose more people to the arts and I encourage the organizers to bring that back next year.
That being said, I can’t think of another conference where speakers include experts on Sherlock Holmes, a magician sharing insider secrets and a man wrongfully imprisoned for fifteen years for a crime he did not commit.
Someday I hope to earn an invitation to take the stage myself, but until that day arrives I’m more than excited to sit in the audience and be inspired by some of the most inspiring individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing speak.
Before I end, I must shine a light on Hasan Davis. I have not seen someone walk on stage and own it like he did in a long time.
He had me laughing, crying and standing on my feet to applaud him all in the span of fifteen minutes. Thankfully, I was able to track him down in the hallway and thank him for being part of the event and for sharing his story with me. The man is doing great work and hasn’t had an easy road to get where he is today.
IdeaFestival has the tagline of “stay curious” and they certainly help me do that.
Hopefully it is in the cards for me to attend again next year.
Earlier this year I was asked to come in for an interview with Terry Whitaker for her show And That’s the Truth.
We talked about my theater background, career and determination to make the world a better place. Of course we also chatted a bit about Amazing Things Will Happen.
This was kind of trippy to watch since it was filmed so long ago and some things have changed, but overall I’m very happy with how it turned out.
The new Samsung Galaxy NX camera is so packed full of technology, that it is going to force others to follow suit.
Photo I took the night I fell in love with the voice of singer and songwriter Natalie Gelman.
A photograph of my home office that was submitted to Where Bloggers Blog.
People are always asking how they can find and book more speaking engagements so I thought I’d share my answer to the question.