I was all set to do a wrap up of my podcast and new media expo experience when I came across a post for Chris Brogan today. Seems like I am posting a ton about Chris I guess he reminds me of what I used to be, or better yet a better me. Hmm let me explain.
At my last job before starting Grass Shack Events & Media with my partners I was known as “The Mayor” because I made people feel welcome when the older producers said. “When people get hired here I don’t want to get close because we have such a sink or swim atmosphere at the company. Its just too difficult if they sink.” I always thought that was crazy and I helped everyone as best as I could.
When I would attend the manager meetings and we would discuss how to deal with staff issues I would always put a personal bent on it. I would go and ask the staff what the problem was in their eyes and then I would try and personally fix it*. It usually worked. Instead of pushing the company policy which always seemed so impersonal, I put a face on it. Sometimes this added to my work load but it was worth it if it helped. This in turn made me well liked and I enjoyed the interactions. Not to say everyone liked me but most I feel did.
After working in an enviorment for 5 years, which is usually me hunched over my computer for hours on end dabbling in Social Media and having online interactions I have evolved into the AntiChris Brogan. Or now I am the Mayor of Smallville which is not used to making mini relationships anymore. I cannot in it down specifically.
Chris Brogan has taken this whole Mayor business to another level which I was amazed to see last weekend at the PME. He makes everyone feel included and introduces everyone. This is something I try to do all the time in social situations. But he has taken it to another level and I am glad I got to experience it.
Where my problem lies is I do not have a Podcast I am passionite about. Nor a videocast. Though I am working producing one very large corporate videocast (and social media initiative) and one very exciting podcast. I felt like I was not sync like I usually am in social situations and had no base camp to return to. I was adrift. The usual folks I have hung out with at the PME are party animals in the past years I don’t drink as much these days and I found it difficult to hang out with them. (I also have trouble remembering who I met) If I was to replay the weekend I would have made more “dates” with folks I wanted to meet.
Where I feel this post needs a little cheese to go with all the wine, I did get into many fascinating conversations and I have a stack of business cards to prove it. I am being a little hard on myself because I came away from the weekend in a different mindset then previous years. Usually, I am on fire with new projects, ideas and cant wait to do them. This year I came away feeling overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. My take away was to take steps to simplify what I am going to do creatively and business wise. Regroup the shack.
Do you feel a disconnect these days or am I just having a moment?
What do you do to stay physically connected to others? Away from your computer?
I am trying to get out of my box and get involved. I went on a photowalk yesterday with a facebook group at Stanford (post coming)
*Note: my wife tells me on a regular basis “I am not asking you to fix it”
wine bottle picture credit – Rune T on flickr.