What a week. As I've noted here before, I try to get out to at least two networking events a week, but have found that if I've hit five, that's too many and I'll end up exhausted. Well, I was pushing that zone this week, ending up going off for four events, and my ability to keep up with other stuff obviously suffered (not only did I not get out a mid-week post here, but my personal blog went silent as well).
It was, at least, an interesting week of networking. On Tuesday I attended the NetTuesday monthly Meetup, this is a group that brings together non-profits and tech folks, and as I have interests on both sides of that, I always look forward to these gatherings. There wasn't a "formal" presentation this month, but Jean Russell walked us through an impromptu preview of her Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch e-book project (which was unveiled at SXSW down in Austin, TX today). I had two things on for Thursday, a morning presentation by Ashford University which was sponsoring an author tour featuring Dan Heath, co-author of the new book Switch ... this was cool as attendees got a free hardback copy of the book, a free year's subscription to Fast Company magazine (a co-sponsor), and breakfast too! That evening I went to the "Story From A New Friend" event that Mark Carter was helping to organize ... both of these were "different crowds" than I'm usually rubbing elbows with, although in both cases I did run into a number of familiar faces. Finally, this evening there was a get-together sponsored by Mark Ragan at the Playground Theater, for networking and a brief improv show ... this featuring the best actual "networking" of the week.
Despite spending so much time away from my computer, I only missed a couple of hours of my Twitter reading. It was an odd week for link-gathering, though, as I had nearly all of these by Monday, with just another 2-3 rolling in later in the week. I thought this was going to be a big list this week, but it's turning out to be only average ... don't know what caused that particular flow of data!
Anyway, here's the "good stuff" gathered from this week's research ... hope you find them useful ...
As you know, I've been assembling these weekly lists into one large alphabetically-sorted list ... click here for this week's update:
. I have a book review/interview coming for Monday, which is a bit different from what I've covered here before ... so you have that to look forward to!