I want to speak at every event that asks me, but they’ve got to realize what they have to bring to the table to make it work.
Ford invited bloggers, press and influential individuals from around the globe to come to their headquarters for two days of looking at the future and where their cars will fit into it.
Benjamin Franklin famously said that time is money.
Any amount of time that you or I spend doing one thing, takes away time that could be spent doing something else.
Now, with that being said, I believe I’m a very giving person with my time and knowledge. I love helping people learn and teaching them everything I know. I attend events, create content and all around do a lot of things for other people’s benefit and don’t make a dime doing it. But, you know what? Giving it all away for free is not a way to make a living.Read Full Post
Another photo essay through my lens and this time I’m hosting a special Father’s Day event sponsored by Pampers.
On June 10, 2011 bloggers from around North America gathered at 233 West Huron Street in Chicago, Illinois to take part in a blogger summit put on by Craftsman. We were flown out, filled with Chicago deep dish pizza and worked our way through five different do-it-yourself projects that were conceived and taught by fellow bloggers. Read more about the experience.
Here is what the event looked like through my eyes.Read Full Post
I wake up, feed Roxie, grab a mug and fill it with coffee. The television turns on to CNN American Morning and the iPad opens to flip between Twitter, my inbox and Zite to see what is going on in the world.
Dylan leaves for school and the television flips over to The Today Show. Emily and I chat, cuddle and watch until she leaves for school as well.
That is when the battle for my focus begins.Read Full Post
Being a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles anyone can fill. Nothing quite like it. I started Digital Dads to meet other guys who also loved being dads and every day it feels like I meet someone new.Read Full Post
I’ve got a full write up coming of my time on Friday at The Craftsman Experience in Chicago, but until then you can check out all of my photos or watch this little slide show I put together of them.
Thanks to my buddy [munk] for the use of his killer track Dirty Work in this video.
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Last week I drove up to Burlington, Vermont for a Content Rules book tour stop and I thought it would be fun to document and share it with everyone.
Of course, what I hadn’t planned for was tornados might endanger my family while I was on the road which is exactly what happened. I let the camera keep rolling and actually captured a very needed phone call from Laura while getting some b-roll driving footage.Read Full Post
It is no secret that I’m a big fan of the concept of workshifting. This being the ability to work from anywhere I happen to be located at the moment. It means not being chained to a desk and lost in a cubical farm in some nondescript building in a downtown cityscape.
This shot was taken in my hotel room last week when I was getting some writing done before heading over to our Content Rules event.
What this does NOT mean is being chained to my technology either. It doesn’t mean that I work 24 hours a day and never stop to enjoy the life going on around me. I know that I’m most productive in the morning and late at night. That is when I get a large chunk of my work done. Plus, anyone who knows me knows that my mind rarely stops thinking and noodling so sometimes my best work is done while going for a walk or hike.Read Full Post
I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. I honestly don’t think I could have asked for a better few days with family and friends.
The weather was hot, the drinks were cold and the conversations were filled with laughter. That is how I love to spend a weekend.
I joked with Emily how in the course of the weekend she personally had gone swimming, fishing with a friend, slept out in her tree fort in the woods, marched in a parade, had ice cream AND had corn on the cob with grilled steak. An all around perfect Chapman weekend we both thought.Read Full Post
I’ve become addicted to CameraBag.TV
I’ve watched every episode they’ve done and am craving new ones. Each photographer is beautifully shot and the stories they tell are pure inspirational gold for any photographer. I can’t pick a favorite to embed and share with you, so I’ll just encourage you to watch them all. But, be warned that they have a high probability of waking up the photography bug in you.Read Full Post
Now, I got a good laugh out of this because it was obvious to me something was borked on their site (they are having DB issues), but I’m also sure that more than one person out there who hasn’t figured out what truly matters in life had a heart attack when they did their daily check of their score.
But, this raises an important point that I’ve been trying to make to my clients and co-workers for years.Read Full Post
Between my speaking, consulting and creative assignments I spend quite a bit of time on the road and away from my loving family.
This is certainly is not a list that will work for everyone, but these work for me so I hope at least one helps you.Read Full Post
You know I love photography and lately I’ve been getting into the fun of Instagram as a quick and fun way to share snapshots I take and check out others. I feel as if I get to follow along with people’s lives through their snapshots there.Read Full Post
The concept of collecting wine is something that I’ve never fully understood.
Laura and I love wine and enjoy a glass of it quite often, but the concept of buying and saving wine was nothing that either of us could fully comprehend. We buy what we like. We drink what we buy. Why would anyone collect it?
Of course last year when we returned from a Napa Valley Vacation we suddenly found ourselves with a collection of wine, but we’ll never be wine collectors and here is why.Read Full Post
I love to travel. Doesn’t matter if it is just a few towns over or half way around the world.
Each new new life experience excites me. Meeting new people, tasting new food and then being able to share that with the world gives me huge satisfaction and it never gets old.
As I sit here housebound recovering from surgery it has me wondering how I can actually get paid to do more travel writing. If you know, I’d love you to share with me.Read Full Post
Often I’m asked why I would bother checking in and I’ve written about the serendipity it can create, but today I was reminded of another reason why I do it.
To see where I’ve been and to remember what I was doing.Read Full Post
I do a lot of public speaking and no matter if I’m in front of real estate agents, hardware store owners, top level executives or social media devotees I often get asked how I got to where I am today in my career.
I know that they are hoping for a shortcut or secret bit of magic that I might be able to share with them so that they can achieve all of their goals, but my answer is always the same: Hard work and defining my own path.
Now, of course the headline is me being a bit cheeky, but I had a feeling it would get your attention. With all my travel, I do a lot of reading and recently have been consuming a variety of books that I hate to call “self help” and yet I don’t have a better genre for them. I’ve heard them called everything from leadership, to management, to motivational books.
I haven’t been able to come up with a better description, but when I talk to friends I usually refer to them as “dangerous books” because after reading them you are guaranteed to be hyped up and ready to take on the world. Past reads that I labeled in this way have lead me to quit a job, write a book and begin the most ambitious project of my career. You’ve been warned. So proceed with caution because I don’t know what they may do in your life.Read Full Post
Last week, Ford and Sony had myself and the Cast of Dads out to New York to cover the New York International Auto Show. While seeing some cool cars was exciting, for me the highlight was being able to see the band Train in concert again and to shoot some photographs of the concert.
Concert photography is hard, but it is exciting and fun at the same time since the energy is always so high and with the right band you never know what kind of shots you are going to get. Plus, ask any concert photographer and they’ll tell you that you shoot hundreds of photos to get just a few keepers. I always love adding new photos to my Live Music set which I don’t get to do as often as I’d like.
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This morning finds me in full on reflective mood as I look back at the last 365 days.
A year ago, I spent the weekend with a few close friends challenging each other, setting goals and really getting to know one another better. We each had one month, end of 2010 and one year goals set and we kept nudging each other towards those. The balance of peer pressure with support is extremely powerful when done properly.
Looking back, I realize that I achieved all of my goals set that weekend and it feels good, but because of how I’m wired it now has me looking forward to what is next.Read Full Post
My accountant of all people reminded me that as someone who works for themselves, I should make sure I take time out and enjoy life more often.
So, when Friday rolled around and I had two meetings in Boston and no other pressing deadlines I decided to grab my camera and walk the streets between meetings taking photos. I decided I wasn’t going to seek anything out, but instead as I walked from location to location capture what I saw.
While I LOVE looking at street photography I rarely shoot any of it, but I’m happy with how a few turned out. You can see them all on my Flickr page including these rock star shots of Scott Stratten and Matt Ridings and here are some of my personal favorites from the afternoon.Read Full Post
I arrived with no expectations because I really didn’t know what the OTA Sessions were all about, but I knew they invited us and last year I had some close friends like Julien & Mitch both attend and that was good enough for me to go.
After a day spent in a darkened theater with a variety of speakers taking the stage, I can safely say that I left South Dakota much more inspired than when I arrived and it is all because of the magic that is The OTA Sessions.Read Full Post
This morning, I drove an hour just to sit and catch up with a friend who I haven’t spent much time with in the several years we’ve known each other.
Sure, we talked shop, caught up on how our kids are doing and shared a little off the grid humor about things that have happened and things people have done.
But, out of the whole conversation there was one little aside about an exercise to plot out our dreams that stuck in my head the whole drive home. That one little comment as an aside served as an inspiration for me the rest of today.Read Full Post
My letter to all the lazy agencies out there.
I am honored and smiling to be part of the latest project from Seth Godin’s The Domino Project.
SXSW Pokes is a free eBook that collects stories of inspiration from people attending SXSW this year. Not only is my story in there, but myself and Becky Johns found our photography being used as well.
Download the book now and get inspired!
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I’m writing this before I leave, because I know that once I’m on the ground there it will be a fast pace, talking to a lot of people, making a lot of new friends type of time and I wanted to get this out there now in case you might be looking for me. The above photo is one I took in 2008 that pretty much sums up the vibe of SXSW
The quick answer is that besides a few set in stone events I don’t know where I’ll be because I’ll be going with the flow.Read Full Post
Today the newest book from Guy Kawasaki called Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions (affiliate link) hits bookstore shelves around the world.
Guy sent me a copy to read a few weeks ago and it made a recent flight much more enjoyable. I’ve been trying to spend flights reading so that I can catch up on the library worth of books I have but haven’t read yet.
It is a solid read full of great stories and approaches on how each of us can live an enchanted life and run and enchanting company. You should read it.Read Full Post
Anyone who knows me, knows that my brain is in a constant state of thinking, scheming and creating. On the days where my life cooperates, I get to actually take those thoughts and turn them into reality. Those are my best days.
While I’ve been home for a couple of weeks from the book tour I’ve had the chance to put out several creations and it feels good.Read Full Post
I’ve always said that “normal is boring” and I mean that if you are living your life just like everyone else expects you should, then your not really living it at all. I’ve always believed that each of us has to find our own path, chase our passions and live life to the fullest.
Whenever I’m asked how I’ve achieved the success I’ve had the answer is always the same, “No one told me I couldn’t.”
Is it a book? A manifesto? A teaching aid? Who cares what label you slap on it, the simple answer is that once again Seth takes his beliefs, writes them down, shares them with the world and your brain will be challenged when you read it. That is a good thing!Read Full Post
Every year around this time the same thing happens.
Those of us gearing up to go to SXSW in Austin, Texas begin to get excited and those who are not going get cranky. (Yes, there is a third group who could care less about the conference and go about their merry way enjoying life to the fullest.)
But, this year I’m seeing more and more people questioning the relevance, worth and value of attending SXSW and I wanted to provide my answer to what value I find in attending.Read Full Post
I give a lot of webinars and have a bit of a love hate relationship with them.
As someone who thrives off the energy of a crowd, I prefer to present on stage and in person so that I have that direct connection with my audience. But, I also love that I can do multiple webinars in a week from anywhere in the world and it doesn’t require myself or the participants to travel to be part of it. Thus, the love hate.
But, I’m seeing a trend in pre-recorded webinars and I’ve made a decision that I am no longer going to pre-record webinars. The safety net of these makes them not as good as live ones.Read Full Post
This book review is completely biased and I want you to know that up front. *grin*
Plus, my book Content Rules has the same editor and publisher as this book.
All that being said, the new book The NOW Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter and More Social, is a great read that simplifies a lot of the confusion around the social world we live in and how business owners must leverage this space if they hope to survive and thrive in today’s world.Read Full Post
I had one of those light bulb moments this weekend on the plane ride home from Washington, DC. I was put in a window seat (I prefer the aisle) and was watching the clouds when it hit me like a ton of bricks.
Months of contemplation, conversations and clients all rushed together into a mini eureka that I knew I couldn’t ignore. I finally figured out how to tell people what I am best at and how I can help them. I am going to help the world tell their stories.Read Full Post
We are climbing to 36,000 feet out of the snowstorm that is Boston. I’m on my way to San Francisco for a book event and while waiting for deicing and whatever else held us up from leaving I read Hugh MacLeod’s new boom Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination.Read Full Post
Last week while New England was getting covered in snow, I slipped out to spend a few days in Orlando, Florida at Full Sail University.
Before a few of my friends started teaching there, I had never even heard of the school.
Now, after spending two days with the staff and students there I can’t wait to tell everyone about the school.
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I’m arriving in Las Vegas later tonight for a quick whirlwind through CES and I’ve had more than one person ask if we can get together.
While I want to see everyone possible, I know that the scope of CES is going to make this hard so I wanted to share the locations where I KNOW I’m going to be. Anything outside of these times is up for grabs and I could be at any of the parties, restaurants or other social locations in Vegas. The times shown are local Vegas time. If you want to say hi, these are your best bets.Read Full Post
I leave for CES tomorrow and then will spend more time on the road this month than I will at home with my lovely family.
Being on the road may sound sexy to some, but it isn’t all that it is cracked up to be. Especially this time of year when the weather causes flight delays and people sneeze and cough all over you at every turn. But, I’ve found that I can keep my sanity through having some constants whenever I travel. They make easier for me to hit the road without worrying as much as I use to.
I thought I’d share them so that perhaps a few of them can help you.Read Full Post
A few years ago he asked others what their words were and I liked it so much that every year I set them. Here are my three words from 2010.
As I chose mine for 2011, I couldn’t remember what I had chosen the year before and I was happy to find out that I had in fact picked different words. My three words for 2011 are Create, Inspire & Teach.Read Full Post
Next week I’m heading to Las Vegas to attend the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It is a conference that I’ve always wanted to check out, but have never had a solid business reason to do so.
I’m excited to announce that I’ve been hired to be the Official Kenmore Blogger Correspondent on the show floor. My assignment is to capture and share the innovative gadgets, people and companies I discover.Read Full Post
This is one of those weeks where time stands still. Lots of people take the week off, the kids are home from school and this year we have the added fun of a big snow storm here in New England.
This week always finds me looking back at the year we are about to finish up and looking ahead to the year ahead of me. Add in this year that it is the end of the decade and it makes me even more reflective than usual.Read Full Post