Monday, July 21, 2008

Why Tony Robbins Loves Bean Soup.

Let me start out by saying that it's not every day I nod along approvingly to a Tony Robbins interview, but the below interview from the Today show last week struck me.
Robbins' basic point was that the economic downturn we are experiencing could actually create a mentally healthier population. As a nation obsessed with things, the downturn has become downright depressing. Robbins suggests this cultural reflection is a good thing.
After all, was it good strategy that we were all overspending on credit and real estate?
Was it good that we don't have a next step plan for our economy?

What do you think?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Let's Start with the Universe.

Richie and I began our presentation today about social media to the Fort Worth PRSA crew. It went well, I felt. The discussion was real. The questions were all over the map(a good sign). People generally nodded their heads. Even when we went over time and gave everyone the go ahead to bolt, the majority stayed and continued to ask questions.
But after all that, there was something holding us back today, and I realized it after getting back to the office. It was the universe.
Trying to explain social media, as a concept, is a little like trying to explain life, starting out with a brief discussion on the universe as a whole. Basically what I'm saying is, it is a BIG subject. And discussing this BIG subject with a group of nearly 60 professionals from different companies, with different interests, etc., is also BIG.
There's also the slight problem that asking Richie and I questions about SM, is a little like asking a Trekkie, "Hey, what's the big deal with all this Star Trek stuff?"...or asking a jazz fan if Miles or Monk is better? Anyway, you get the picture.
If you were there, I'd be interested to hear your comments.
If you've presented SM to a group of "non-tech" types, I'd also love to hear your feedback and experiences.