I did a half-day version of my Blogging and Social Media for Leaders presentation at the League of Minnesota Cities’ Leadership Conference for Experienced Officials at Brooklyn Center yesterday.
I did a half-day version of my Blogging and Social Media for Leaders presentation at the League of Minnesota Cities’ Leadership Conference for Experienced Officials at Mankato. Photo above left is LMC Executive Director Jim Miller at last night’s banquet. Here’s my Powerpoint, slightly revised from the one I did two weeks ago in Nisswa.
I did a half-day version of my Blogging and Social Media for Leaders presentation at the League of Minnesota Cities’ Leadership Conference for Experienced Officials at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN this weekend.
My colleague, Ted Davis (Davis Communications) did his presentation titled, Avoiding the Crisis Management Circus Through Communications Planning presentation on Friday afternoon. I did mine, titled Taming the New Media Beast: Networking and Communicating with Social Media on Saturday morning.
It appeared to be a tough crowd. Left photo: Was Ted Davis (@TedDavis) really sending Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht (@BemidjiRita) to the corner for misbehavior? Right photo: Were these guys really that unhappy with my tweeting this photo of them?
Ted and I will doing our presentations again at the upcoming LMC leadership conferences in Mankato and Brooklyn Center.
For those who attended my session, here’s my Powerpoint:
I’m here in flood-ravaged Duluth for the League of Minnesota Cities annual conference. I’m teaming up with Ted Davis, Davis Communications, and Scott Neal, Edina City Manager, to do a pre-conference workshop today on Networking and Communicating with New Media for Local Government Leaders. On Friday, I’m moderating a discussion session on Government 2.0: New Strategies for Engaging the Public.
Steve Clift, founder and Executive Director, E-Democracy.org has asked me to do a presentation tonight for a class he’s teaching at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs titled Social Media: Engaging Democracy and Communities Online.
He’s asked me to talk about my civic leadership blogging coaching, as well as my current citizen engagement consulting work. I plan to take the class on a web tour while I speak to them about both.
Civic leadership blogging
- July, 2004: UK e-gov delegation visits Northfield
- Feb, 2005: Trip to the UK
- July, 2005: field trip to Northfield for the International Symposium on Local E-Democracy
- Fall, 2005: Guide to Civic Leadership Blogging (U.K. edition) How to use blogs as an effective local leadership tool
- Oct. 2008: UK CivicSurf booklet
- Featured civic leadership bloggers
Citizen Engagement Online
I hosted a roundtable discussion this morning at the MASA/MASE 2011 spring conference, The Art & Science of Leadership (PDF) at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, MN.
Using social media for leadership: A discussion about how blogs, Twitter, YouTube and other social media technologies can be used to leverage one’s influence as a leader.
I got to meet some of the other MASA staff (besides Charlie!):
Last night I was part of a social networking panel at St. Kate’s that presented to the Seasoned Professionals special interest group for the Minnesota Women in Marketing and Communications (MWMC). Fellow Northfielder Elizabeth Child (on the right in right photo above) put the panel together.
I was joined by Lynsey Struthers, Interactive Strategist with The Lawlor Group, and Michael Wells, Digital Communications Manager at St. Catherine University. It turned out to be quite a fun evening. We didn’t do presentations at all (no PowerPoint!) but rather just engaged in conversation with a very smart audience who had lots of great questions.
Some of themes I tried to address in my comments can be traced back to these blog posts in the past year:
- Social media guru Brian Solis: Engagement, influence, leverage, and a question of the packaged self
- Using blogs and Twitter to leverage your influence as a leader: rationale from Seth Godin and Michael Hyatt
- On social media mindcasting and lifecasting: it’s tricky
- Another Twitter advantage: listening to the collective voice of selected thought leaders
- On using Twitter and Facebook with a blog: It’s Complicated
WordCamp Minneapolis-St. Paul is next Saturday, Nov. 13.
WordCamp is finally coming to Minnesota and will be hosted in the Twin Cities, Fall 2010! This interactive conference is your opportunity to share ideas and learn from the Pro’s. At WordCamp MSP, there is literally something for everyone: from first time bloggers to web developers, spend a few hours connecting with people who share your passion.
I signed up as an attendee ($30 for all day, including lunch). But since it’s an Unconference, I volunteered to be a WordCamp MSP speaker. I’m now presenting early in the morning and late in the day on:
I finished my leadership blogging tour for Northern Community Internet on Friday with a presentation to a full-house of 30-40 people at the Grand Rapids Area Library, a very cool-looking library with a giant red chair outside. (Click any of the photo thumbnails to enlarge and the scroll through the images.)
Afterwards, I had lunch next door with the staff at KAXE, Northern Community Radio, and lucked out to be there for volunteer chef Charlie Lano’s catered home-made lunch. (That’s Charlie standing to the right of Maggie Montgomery, KAXE General Manager.)
A tip-of-the-blogger hat to Ross Williams, one of the planners/project managers for Northern Community Internet, who handled all the arrangements for my visit. (Photo is from the MN Voices UnConference, courtesy of Marc Osten, original here.)
I’ll be in the northern Minnesota cities of Bemidji, Brainerd, and Grand Rapids later this week, doing presentations on leadership blogging for the Northern Community Internet, “a network of northern Minnesota communities using the internet to connect to our neighbors and with one another.” It’s a project of KAXE Northern Community Radio and funded by the Blandin Foundation. My invitation came from Ross Williams who I first met two years ago during an all-day visit to Blandin when the project was just being conceived.
My presentation is based on my 2005 U.K. Civic Leadership Blogging Guide (25-page PDF). Last fall, I collaborated with Gallomanor, colleagues in the U.K.. to produce an updated version of that, a 32-page booklet (PDF) called CivicSurf. It’s primarily oriented towards elected councilors but applicable for anyone in a leadership position.
If you’re looking for something that’ll give you a taste of what I’ll be covering in the presentation, the CivicSurf booklet would be your best bet.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a generic leadership blogging presentation, so I’m in the middle of updating it to include new examples from a variety of bloggers, many based here in Minnesota and a few from afar.