Filed under: Tweetups
You’re gonna want to register FAST for this Cincy Telecommuter Tweetup!
The next #CincyTweetup is going to be on March 2nd. Why only 2 weeks after the last one, you may ask? Well, here’s why: when we ordered lunch at the February Tweetup, we were given 10 free lunches from Chipotle. S-o-o-o-o-o…..
THE FIRST 10 REGISTRANTS FOR THE MARCH TWEETUP GET A FREE CHIPOTLE LUNCH!!!
(ok, the first 9 – hey, it’s my party; I get a free lunch :))
Just make sure you show up to the Tweetup before 11am or you forfeit to the next person on the list 🙂 The rest of the spots will open up once the first 10 are filled. See you then!
Join other Cincinnati area telecommuters for a day of working in a collaborative environment. We’ll meet at Crossroads Community Church – the church graciously offers free wifi and coffee during the week for the local community. The idea here is to have folks who work in many different job functions working together in an open environment. The expectation is that creative juices will flow and new friendships will be forged. Hope to see you there!
When: Monday, March 2nd
Where: Crossroads Community Church
3500 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Filed under: Research
This post by Tac Anderson discusses something that I hear all the time: “There’s just too much information available.” Quoting Stowe Boyd – “There is not too much information; people just don’t know how to manage it” – Tac discusses the value of a person who is able to handle this task. He uses the analogy of being able to juggle multiple objects of all shapes and sizes.
For a researcher, this proves to be one of our greatest value-add’s to our organizations. With the rise of information available to us though many different media, there is an increasing need to manage it down to digestible levels. As researchers, we are neck-deep in our industry’s information every day. But there’s so much out there that it could literally be a 24/7 job just to take it all in. As a result, one of the most important things we as researchers can do is sift through what’s out there and only return the stuff relevant to our objective or our manager’s needs. We use tools like RSS feed readers and email subscriptions (though this is becoming archaic), sophisticated CRMs, bookmarking resources, and web-based organizational tools to help us make sense of everything that’s coming at us.
In this way, we are those jugglers, and we have to determine what’s noise and what’s signal. We are not just merely data harvesters as some would like to believe of us – we provide much more than that. Our value-add is making the exponentially growing amount of information manageable, relevant, and accessible to our teams in addition to finding great candidates for our positions.
Filed under: Thoughts
One thing that I’ve noticed while having been in a funk for the past few days is how quickly we (yes, I am included in this) jump on a fan bandwagon for someone or something simply because everyone else is doing so. It’s a practice that can get out of hand really fast, especially with how quickly news, rumors, and so forth spread today. Yesterday’s unknown is today’s shining star is tomorrow’s old cast-off. Popularity is fleeting and most people who possess it are simply flashes in the pan. Here are some of my thoughts on the matter.
One of my favorite stories as a young kid was The Emperor’s New Clothes, a story written by Hans Christian Andersen. For those of you who don’t know the story, here is a short version of it:
An emperor of a prosperous city hires two tailors, who turn out to be swindlers, who promise him the finest suit of clothes from the most beautiful cloth. This cloth, they tell him, is invisible to anyone who was either stupid or unfit for his position. The Emperor cannot see the (non-existent) cloth, but pretends that he can for fear of appearing stupid; his ministers do the same. When the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they “dress” him in mime. The Emperor then goes on a procession through the capital showing off his new “clothes” (though he is actually naked) while the people applaud and compliment them, not wanting to appear stupid or unfit themselves. During the course of the procession, a small child cries out, “But he has nothing on!” The crowd finally realizes the child is telling the truth and laugh at the shamed Emperor.
There are lots of Emperors in every industry – parading around our worlds with fake garments on and telling us that if we don’t see them, we’re idiots. Translation: if we don’t read, listen to, or agree with what they have to say, or jump on their fan bandwagon, then we’re obviously not part of some secret inner circle and we’re morons. I call BS to that – a person is only a “big deal” when we make them into one. And I honestly wonder why we make some folks such a big deal in the first place…
I am drawn to certain bloggers, social media people, PR professionals, researchers, etc. not necessarily because they are “emperors” or because they’ve become big deals in their respective industries. I won’t name them because you need to form your own opinions on those whom you follow, but some of these people are popular while many aren’t. And in fact, some of my favorite bloggers have very few subscribers and are relative unknowns. Why do I like them? Because they’re genuine and they have something to say, even if not many people are paying attention yet. They don’t elevate themselves to a point where they’ve completely lost touch with their target audience. They’re real with the things they talk about, and while they don’t go around poo-pooing everyone who doesn’t agree with them, they are honest about what they think and aren’t always the most “PC”. Simply put – they can be grumpy jerks sometimes. Most of what they write is thoughtful and interesting, but every once in awhile, they have bad days just like you and me. They’re human and they’re not afraid to let it show.
We make popular people popular. We do this by promoting them to others. I would like to challenge you: the next time you consider re-tweeting a link to an article, think about whether you’re re-tweeting it because you found it interesting and informative, or because it’s from some big-shot popular blogger and you want to appear intellectual yourself by re-tweeting it. (did you even read it to begin with?) I challenge you to read unpopular or unknown blogs and promote the writings of someone who isn’t well-known but has some good things to say. I challenge you to un-subscribe to a popular website that you never read but you keep on your blogroll because it makes you look more entrenched in your industry. And most of all, I challenge you to see through the invisible threads of the emperors in your industry and choose not to go along with what everyone else thinks to avoid ruffling any feathers. Don’t fall prey to the opinions and pressure of the masses and become sheeple.
“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” ~Epictetus