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The Great Klout Plunge of 2011

A few minutes ago I saw a friend tweet about his Klout score and I figured since I hadn’t looked at mine in a long time I’d swing by and see how it was doing. When I got there I saw this:

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.

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Surviving Travel

Between my speaking, consulting and creative assignments I spend quite a bit of time on the road and away from my loving family.

I get asked all the time how I can do it. Recent posts from my friends Chris and Peter (who both travel a lot more than I do) got me thinking about this and figured I would share some of my trips.

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.

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The 2005 Il Barone was one of my favorite wines at Castello Di Amorosa.

I’ll Only Ever Collect Bad Wine

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.

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Travel Writing

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.

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Cast of Dads Discuss Family Road Trips

Last week, when the Cast of Dads went to the NY Auto Show thanks to Sony & Ford we created a lot of content.

In this video, we discuss the family road trip and how technology has changed it since we took them as kids.

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3 Dangerous New Books to Help You Be Awesome

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.

ReadingI 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.

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Train: In Concert

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.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the show.

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The Next 365

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.

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Sunny Friday in Boston

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.

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The Magic of OTA Sessions

The Content Rules book tour brought Ann and I to Sioux Falls, South Dakota last week and more than one person asked us, “why in the world are you going there?”

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.

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When Inspiration Whispers

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.

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In the Studio Today

This was my view for most of today while I was in the recording studio working on getting the audiobook version of Content Rules recorded.

No, we don’t know when it will be available yet, but as soon as we do I promise to let everyone know.

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SXSW Pokes

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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C.C. Chapman at SXSW

Right now (hopefully) I’m on a plane affectionately known as the Boston NerdBird headed towards Austin, Texas to take part in the amazing time that is SXSW.

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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.

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Finding Enchantment

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.

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Constant Creation

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.

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Poke The Box

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.”

Seth Godin is a big inspiration in my life and it was with great excitement today that I sat down to read his latest: Poke the Box.

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!

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The Value of SXSW

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.

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No More Pre-Recorded Webinars

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.

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The Now Revolution

This book review is completely biased and I want you to know that up front. *grin*

Amber Naslund is one of my closest friends in the world and Jay Baer is a fellow tequila lover like myself who every time we get together we find more reasons to be friends.

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.

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Telling Stories

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.

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The Full Sail Experience

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.

CC Chapman speaking at Full Sail University

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Where to Find Me During CES

Binions in old vegasI’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.

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Traveling Constants

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.

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Create – Inspire – Teach

Every year Chris Brogan chooses three words for the year ahead instead of setting resolutions.

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.

My Three Words for 2011 - Create, Inpsire & Teach

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Looking for Innovation at CES

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.

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End of the Decade

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.

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Talking Net Neutrality on Fox 25

I like that I’ve always been able to explain even the most complex technical stuff in a way that my grandmother could understand. At least I think I can do that most times.

So, when Fox 25 asked me if I could come in and give an overview of what the recent FCC ruling on Net Neutrality was all about I said sure and then made sure I was up to date on the latest. Here is what the segment looked like. I was most psyched that they put a picture of Content Rules up on the screen.

FCC approves new network

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Attack of the Infographics

Yesterday was an interesting day because I was still not caught up on the sleep I lost taking a red-eye flight back from Portland so the entire day was a bit crazy.

I was a bit off all day and it didn’t help that everywhere I looked I was seeing colorful pictures full of data and stats. For whatever reason everyone decided to share new infographics yesterday and I wanted to share a few that caught my eye.

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Nice Guys Get Paid Too

More than one person has called me a nice guy, and I like to think that I am.

Being a nice guy means that I’ll go out of my way to help as many people as possible. If you’re a friend, then I’ll go even above and beyond that to help out. Throughout my life, I’ve been the shoulder that people come to cry on and the ear that people confess their secrets to. It’s who I am. It’s how I want to live my life.

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That said, I also have a family, mortgage and bills to pay. I want to send my children to college and ensure that there is food on the table every night for supper. In order to do that, I must have income to cover my expenses.

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I Always Wanted to Be an Artist

Last week, I asked my Dad if he could find and scan in some photographs from when I was young doing creative activities to include in my keynote I’m giving tomorrow morning. This is one of the ones he sent.

The reason for the photographs, is I have fond memories of whenever people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would say, “I want to be an artist.”

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OH! The Weather Outside is Frightful

Winter has officially come to New England with the mercury dropping and the layers of clothes rising.

#SMBOttawa @cc_chapman's first stop in his book tour

This year for me, winter means I’ll be on the road a lot, shaking a lot of hands, hugging a lot of people and talking a whole bunch. You can be sure I’m going to be popping the vitamins, drinking the orange juice and overall trying to stay on top of my game so I don’t get run down or sick while on the Content Rules book tour.

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Exciting Speaking Engagements This Month

Since I make part of my living as a speaker, I’m always hitting the road and jumping on stage in front of different crowds. Now, add the release of Content Rules and the book tour we are doing to support it and I’m going to be spending even more time on airplanes and meeting great people.

December is usually a quiet month, but I’ve got three events I’m really psyched to be speaking at in the next two weeks.

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The Going Viral Myth

Almost every morning I have The Today Show on in the background while I start my morning routine and minutes ago I heard Matt Lauer say, “Our most ambitious viral video ever coming up this half hour.”

Once I stopped laughing from the complete absurdity of it all, I figured it was a good time to remind you all that while everyone talks about making viral videos and forcing things to go viral, it is all a big myth.

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Brand Haiku

The Internet is one of those strange places where an off the wall idea can suddenly grow legs with an e-mail to a few friends. That is what happened last week when my buddy Aaron Strout had the idea to write some positive haiku about brands he had interacted with lately and thought it would be fun to get some of involved.

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You Must Tell Stories With Your Content

Content has always ruled my days and I love a good story as much as the next person.

Even before writing Content Rules, my days were spent brainstorming and executing creative and strategic ways companies of all sizes could market themselves using content and storytelling. If you look at campaigns I did such as Frenzied Waters or Virtual Thirst you can see the importance of these elements in making them both highly successful marketing campaigns.

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Movember Has Arrived

While most people woke up this morning after a sugar crash from all the Halloween fun last night and flipped their calendar to a new month. I woke up psyched because today marks the start of Movember.

Movember is a cause started to raise awareness and money for Mens Cancer. Men around the world start the month clean shaven and then grow a Mo (Australian slang for a mustache) for the whole month. No beards. No goatees. The ruling is still out on soul patches. All the while raising money and awareness for the horrible cancers that affect Men.

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A Few Truths

This morning over coffee and Kid Rock I wanted to share a few truths that I know in my heart are true.

Friends are a crucial part of your life.
Only connecting with someone on a social network does not equal a friendship.
I love social media, but there is more to life.
A glass of fine Tequila over ice on a New England autumn night is perfection.
Macallan on the rocks is just as nice.
Family is the most important thing.
The state of politics is rather sad at the moment. We need less finger pointing and more fixing.
We all need to put down the phone

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