Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess

PodCamp Ohio
June 22, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Blogging, Education, Networking/Social Media, Podcasts, Recruiting

This past Saturday, I spent the day in Columbus OH attending PodCamp Ohio. For those who don’t know, PodCamp is a concept that was originally started by Christopher Penn and Chris Brogan (who incidentally graced us with his presence via Skype during one of the sessions!). Basically, a podcamp is a FREE BarCamp-style community UnConference for podcasters and listeners, bloggers and readers, and anyone interested in New Media.

There were approximately 200 attendees to PodCamp Ohio this year which was awesome! We kicked things off around 9am and went until 5:30pm. Presenters signed up ahead of time to conduct sessions ranging in topic from podcasting equipment selection, to keyword research and SEO, to corporate twittering, to finding a job using social media. There were six session timeslots and so many great topics to choose from that attempting to re-cap even from the ones I got to attend wouldn’t do them justice.

The best part is that all of the presenters did so voluntarily – this allows for people to develop their public speaking and presentation skills in a casual environment. There were seasoned presenters as well as first-timers, and much respect from me to those who signed up to present – you all rock!

I was pleased to finally meet Luke Armour, Digital Strategist with Fleishman Hillard. Luke and I have been Twitter buddies for a bit and it was nice to finally put a face to the name. I was able to have the company of Lisa Desatnik and Steve Gerl on the ride up and back, as well. I had some great conversations with Dustin Pyles, Gabe from Digital Disciples, and presenters Alison Bolen from SAS,  Michael Loban who did a phenomenal presentation on finding a job using social media, and Michael McDermott, who I was privileged to catch on camera (see below).

Serious ups to the sponsors who made it possible for our podcamp to happen at no charge to the participants!

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Cool glimpse of Michael. You and your Flip are awesome.

But Four Dead in Ohio? This Podcamp business must be a lot more deadly than I’d realized!

Comment by Brent

LOL yes I realize…a bit of an odd music selection, but I love the guitar in that song. And my brain was fried by the end of the day…so those four dead – they were four of my brain cells haha!

Comment by Amybeth


Thanks for the candid moment with you and your Flip! It was a pleasure chatting with you about social media’s impact in the staffing arena and how it is a much better application of time and effort by the vast majority of companies still plying old tools and worn-out techniques.

All the best,

Comment by Michael McDermott

Preciate the quick turns on some video bites from the conference. I guess after this being my first taste of such an event, it leaves me wondering when the next opportunities might be coming down the pike… (say within a couple hundred miles or so)Sounds like you had some adventures in Vegas as well.

Comment by James R Sutter


Great to finally meet you as well. Wish we’d’ve had more time to chat, but it was great seeing you in between sessions for 5, maybe 6 seconds at a time.

Definitely enjoyed our cantankerous wrap-up session. Bonus: you won something. Bummer: I didn’t.

Tweet soon.

Comment by Luke Armour

Thanks so much for coming to PodCamp and mentioning the sponsors! Without the sponsors we couldn’t do this free UnConference.

This is a great interview with Michael! If it is ok to re-post on the PodCamp Ohio site, please email

Thanks for coming and enjoying PodCamp Ohio!

Comment by Angelo Mandato

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