Thank You Edmonton

I want to take the time to thank the Edmonton Construction Association and their members for welcoming me to their country… if only for 24 hours. The only issues were small ones -3 hours of sleep, clearing Customs, missing shirt button. However, the people who attended made it so worth it! You guys were great.

For those of you who don’t know- The Edmonton Construction Association advances the interests of the Construction Industry through effective representation and provides valued services to their members.

Many of the attendees came up to me after the seminar asked me for some of the resources I used. I’ve posted my resources in the past, like with the GSBE Blog post and I think I’m going to keep the tradition going.

So here we go: I started with the video: Social Media Revolution 2:

The different Content Management Systems I spoke of (morning session asked this) are Drupal, Joomla, WordPress (WordPress hosted) and DotNetNuke.

I spoke about the American Express Open Forum.

The catalogs where you can search all submitted blog (do a search for construction) are Technorati and Blog Catalog.

One of the biggest Social Media successes is Gary Vaynerchuck and his Wine Library TV video Blog. Very informal- which makes it successful, and fun to watch.

The Social Media program I use to update and follow all my connection status’ is Tweetdeck.

Diaspora is the “Do-it-all Open Source Social Netowork” that’s being worked on right now (this came up in the afternoon session). Here is a report on Diaspora’s progress.

To see a total Pro Blog her heart out, see Dru Bloomfield’s At Home in Scottsdale. Also see Bill Marriott’s Blog.

For the end-client, it’s so easy to keep track of the blogs they follow using Google Reader. Some more free Google tools: Google Analytics will track all the visits to your website as well as giving you a wealth of information about your visitors. For more info on that subject, check my analytics posts. Google Alerts will tell you when your search term is mentioned anywhere on the internet.

The location based Social Networking I went over was Foursquare and Gowalla. And here are a few of my blog posts on how to use them: Location Based Social Networking and Location Social Networking for Business.

My Boy-to-Man Speaking Transformation

Welcome To CanadaIn boxing or MMA, there are some fights where the fighter is truly tested beyond what many people- including the fighter- thought he can perform. They call that fight a Boy-to-Man fight. Evander Holyfield had his moment when he fought 15 rounds with a seasoned vet Dwight Mohammed Qawi in 1986.

This trip to Edmonton, Canada was definitely my test.

Now, even though I’ve spoken about 15 times in the past year, I still barely consider myself a professional speaker. However, this Edmonton trip was my Boy-to-Man Speaking moment.

I figured out that my new friends in Edmonton don’t gamble nearly enough as they should, since there’s only one direct flight in and out to Las Vegas a day. The flight to Edmonton was at 8:05pm. Factoring in a one hour time difference meant I would get in at about midnight, and probably to bed about 12:30am. As it turns out, the flight to Edmonton was delayed 2 hours… Oh boy. Now we’re looking at 2:30am earliest bedtime. I had to present to two groups for three hours each with a one hour break in between.

I finally landed in Edmonton and got delayed (read as: “questioned for a while”) going through customs. Okay, maybe the picture to the right is a bit of an exaggeration.

Finaly, I got to sleep at about 3:10am. My alarm went off at 6am, I put on the shirt I was going to present in (the only one I had) and found out with all the traveling, the bottom button was gone. Now I’m gonna be flashing my belly button all day… great. (If anyone finds a black button at McCarran airport, please contact me).

However the funny thing was that during the seminars, I didn’t even think about the traveling or the lack of sleep. It had everything to do with the great people who turned out to see it.

With all of that craziness, I still have to say I had a great time and wouldn’t change it for the world. So I just wanted to thank them again! I hope you guys had a fun time as well! Keep in touch!

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