The lively and fun folks in Fredericksburg, Texas invited me to present on Social Media for Business. They have a great format, $10 for 10 tips - which makes it fun and easy for speakers to prepare and folks to feel secure they'll take away some ideas and value beyond the networking (which rocked, by the way).
The most surprising thing to me was their answer to my usual question, "How many here are BLOCKED at work from accessing Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and so forth?" Their answer - NONE. That's the first time that's happened!
Attendees and hosts were quite savvy about Facebook, blogging, YouTube - even Twitter. Though they're a smallish community, many of the businesses thrive on tourism, and these folks are all over that! Like many smaller communities, I find businesspeople and folks in general adopted social networking early - they had more need to connect with the world than some of us in them big cities like San Antonio. :D
We talked about how social media helps force businesses to develop and run a good online content strategy, and about how social media helps boost a website's search engine optimization (SEO).
The facility was absolutely perfect, and I had the pleasure of presenting at the first 10 for $10 lunch to be held in the new center. First class all the way!
Thanks for having me out to meet you, Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, and my special thanks to Phil Webb of UTSA for suggesting it. And please keep in touch with me online, you folkses!
My son Matt got interested in doing spacescapes and other art with spray paint - yes, the kind of paint that some folks, not us, use for tagging. We're serving as an example of channeling creative energy.
Matt got the idea from YouTube videos of folks doing this artwork. Several of our favorite artists, their methods and their work are captured in tourist vids from people visiting Mexican beach towns. Google spray paint art video and you'll find inspiration.
Step Two: Buy the paint.
I suggested we start at Hobby Lobby. Matt begged me to take him to Sherwin Williams instead, insisting that Target, Walmart and Hobby Lobby wouldn't have spray paint. Sometimes it's easier to just give in, but the Sherwin Williams guy told us that Walmart had the biggest selection of colors. Doh! Despite my misgivings about Walmart, we ended up there. Notwithstanding my presence and reassurance, one man took it upon himself to lecture the two 12-year-old boys with me (Matt and Philip) that he'd call the police on them. Philip was especially indignant about that.
Step Three: Prep.
Dad/Greg insisted on safety first - so we spread newspaper, taped dropcloths, and bought rubber gloves, covered the ground rules of well-ventilated areas, no inhaling, and no smearing paint on anything but the posterboards or the overflow areas. We also gathered several round lids to serve as planet masks, and some pens and other objects to do etching and dragging effects with.
Step Four: Have at it!
These examples are the result of about 2 hours of fun and 15 minutes of cleanup. I didn't video our first round - but we're happy with what we emerged with, and plan to do it again soon. Not suitable for wet weather or oppressive heat, so we're keen to try again one evening soon.