Jun 292012

A leading influencer of our time, Seth Godin, can do it both, short-form blogging, long form articles, speeches, books. Knowing how to mix it up is just one more dimension of his success and influence. Yet he doesn’t go super short-form aka microblogging with twittering and facebooking. That’s to say you don’t have to use every social network that exists, or even the most popular ones.

What social media has opened up for all of us is that anyone and everyone has a voice that has the potential to be heard around the world instantly, globally, and even permanently. And, what it’s exacerbated the organzational and professional world that has had it’s hand forced to be more humanized and transparent, to be more personal about its services, products, initiatives, and endeavors. There are a few exceptions, like Apple or Target, but they’ve carved out other ways to be highly personable, high-touch for high-tech times.

Get personal. Come out of hiding. The line between professional life and personal life is being erased.

Jun 192012

Here’s 8 web apps I’ve found to quickly and easily connect over a group video chat. You’d think with the internet maturing that there’d be more options for web-based no-download no-frills multi-user video conferencing. Granted, multi-point more-than-two livestreamed-duplex video feeds does raise the degree of technical difficulty exponentially. Of these free web apps, some are quicker to use (no registration required) instantly and some more reliable, your mileage may vary. ymmv.

With this genre of web apps, features and intended use cases vary greatly. For more audience interaction with a panel of video guests, there’s http://spreecast.com and http://vokle.com

For a web meeting with mini webcam videos around a whiteboard, there’s these: http://liveminutes.com http://anymeeting.com http://camdip.com/

Also see: PC World comparison of 5 group video chat apps

Any more choices for multi-user video conferencing out there?

[update 6/25] // 3 more group video chat web apps: http://www.icanhazchat.com
http://yowie.com http://www.yapchat.com //

Jun 112012

I’ve already said it (and recommended it a handful of times in offline conversations), that Michael Hyatt‘s new book Platform is the best book about leveraging social media I’ve seen in 12+ years, and his team’s promotional efforts have put it on the bestsellers lists.

And as I’ve recently launched a new podcast, Social Media Church, I’m listening in on other podcasts to get into the groove. Good to see Michael Hyatt has a podcast up and running, and jealous of how he’s got a show transcript transcribed for each episode too. I don’t know of a podcast transcription service, yet, so I’ll ask you if you know of one – please add a comment and let me know. (and Michael’s too smart to be transcribing on his own.)

Before I add my thoughts on this, here’s is an excerpt from one of Michael Hyatt’s podcast transcripts, that answers one of those frequently asked questions by introverts:

Rebecca Livermore: Hi Michael, this is Rebecca Livermore from professionalcontentcreation.com. The question I have for you is what is the best way for people who are introverts who maybe don’t like getting up in front of people, speaking, or going to live events and networking to build a platform? Thanks so much.

Michael Hyatt: Rebecca, there is a lot I could share about this. Let me just say to begin with that I am an introvert myself. I am very introverted. I’m naturally shy in a group of people. I kind of keep to myself. I don’t draw energy from people. Over time I’ve learned to kind of turn it on hopefully in a genuine and authentic way.
The way I do that is I make it about the other person. I try to be really naturally inquisitive so if I’m in a room of people trying to network I’m not there self-promoting. I don’t do that very well. I love to ask questions and find out more about other people, and as it turns out other people’s favorite topic and subject to talk about is guess what? Themselves. That’s right. So I think if you make it about that it will help you to focus less on yourself, more about them, and put you at ease.

Having said that, I do think you’re going to have to put yourself out there. If you’re going to build a platform, you’re going to have to move outside of your current comfort zone.

What I’d say about introverts and platforms is this: that social media makes it easier for introverts to modulate when s/he uses her energy to engage with people, as draining as that may be for the true introverts. By contrast, when you’re in a crowded room with lots of people around, or whatever kind of social public space, you don’t readily have the option to disengage unless you intend to come across anti-social. But, with social media, because of its asynchronous mode (for most of its popular uses), you can decide when to use it, and when to unplug and recharge. And, of course, there are other ways to build a platform, and you probably don’t want to use just social media to do your platform-building, if you’re looking to build one large enough for some reason or another.