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  1. Uniting Software Professionals Revolution Conference June 1st and 2nd 2017 Virginia Beach

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    ABOUT

    RevolutionConf is a two-day, platform and language agnostic, software development conference being held on June 1-2, 2017.  This year, we are taking over the beautiful Wyndam Virginia Beach Oceanfront. With 15,000 sq. ft of conference space, on the world famous North End of Virginia Beach, VA, we are hosting talks from regional, national, and international thought leaders.

    RevolutionConf is organized and supported by the board members of RevolutionVA, a 501c3 non-profit based in Norfolk, VA. The goal of RevolutionVA is to unite software developers in the mid-Atlantic region through conferences, and career and learning opportunities.

    Ready to get started? Email us at team@revolutionva.org

     There are sponsorship opportunities reach out to the organizers below for a Sponsorship Prospectus or click here to drop a note within the contact me.

    Our Organizers

    Kevin Griffin

    Independent Consultant
    Griffin Consulting

    Linda Nichols

    Software Engineer
    ETA

    Erik Olson

    CEO
    80/20

  2. Lethal combination of books for any business! #startnorfolk

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    Since I am heading off to #StartNorfolk in a couple hours wanted to share some info with the folks that will be there this weekend to consider picking up this lethal combination of business books as they kick off their business dreams!

    I have read 3 and half of these books (Meghan and Nancy still working on yours!) and I have come to the conclusion! If you are a business owner, getting a business off the ground, reinventing your business, and or innovating your business these 4 books have to be read together!

    Suggestions while reading these books:

    1. Take notes with a pen and paper (old school I know)

    2. Highlight and dogear the crap out of these books. You will come back to those, TRUST ME@

    3. Start constructing the what, how and why plans, strategies, tactics and metrics for your business or career development while reading.

    4. Find the patterns of how to’s and why’s between the four books – WRITE THEM DOWN! They are there!

    5. Encourage many at your company to read these 4 books together.

    6. Talk with the authors online. They are all available & very conversational!

     

    Pick these books up today if you have not already. I have made it easy and provided a link to the books on amazon and also the authors online information. Have fun!

    As Pictured above top to bottom:

    1. Rework written by Jason Fried @jasonfried Founder of 37signals

    “Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.

    Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses.”

    2. Social Media ROI by Olivier Blanchard @thebrandbuilder of

    TheBrandBuilder.com or additional information at SMROI.net

    “Use this book to bring true business discipline to your social media program and align with your organization’s goals. Top branding and marketing expert Olivier Blanchard brings together new best practices for strategy, planning, execution, measurement, analysis, and optimization. You will learn how to define the financial and nonfinancial business impacts you are aiming for–and achieve them. Social Media ROI delivers practical solutions for everything from structuring programs to attracting followers, defining metrics to managing crises. Whether you are in a startup or a global enterprise, this book will help you gain more value from every dime you invest in social media.

    You’ll learn how to:

    • Align social communications with broader business goals and functions
    • Plan for effective performance measurement
    • Establish clarity of vision, purpose, and execution
    • Implement guidelines and operations for effectively managing social media
    • Get started by “listening before talking”
    • Integrate social media into long-term marketing programs, short-term campaigns, and brand initiatives
    • Use social media to deliver real-time, optimized customer support
    • Leverage mobility and the “on-the-fly” social media culture
    • Measure FRY (Frequency, Reach, and Yield)”

    3. Interactive Project Management Pixels, People, and Process by Nancy Lyons @nylons and Meghan Wilker @irishgirl of Clockwork Active Media

    “As an industry, interactive is different. The work entails elements of software development, marketing, and advertising, yet it’s neither purely technical nor traditional “agency” work. Delivery methods are different, and because the industry is relatively new, the gap in understanding between the clients buying the work and the teams building it is often wide. Enter the geek girls guide. Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker don’t just tell you how to deliver digital work, they demonstrate how to think about it.

    Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process helps clients, agencies, and industry professionals better understand the critical role of interactive project management, and presents a collaborative, people-focused approach to delivering high-quality digital work.”

     

    4. The Power of Unpopular by Erika Napoletano @readheadwriting of RedHeadWriting.com

    ErikaNapoletano.com

    “Every successful brand in history is inherently unpopular with a specific demographic. Somewhere along the way, people felt they had to be popular in order to be successful, when in fact, the opposite is true. The brands playing in the space you want to dominate have already figured out the inherent power of being unpopular. In The Power of Unpopular, you’ll discover the difference between flash-in-the-pan brand tactics and those designed to place you miles above the competition.

    • Brand Personality: What’s yours? Explore the importance of taking a stand and why brands become road kill without a distinct personality.
    • Community: It’s the number one thing that unpopular brands have figured out—learn how to build yours.
    • Brand Advocacy: It knows no scale and your fans don’t care how big you are. A guide for businesses on the proper care and feeding of their biggest asset.”

    I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Olivier, Nancy, and Meghan over the years. I know one of these days Erika and I will meet IP (In Person, looking forward to that!!!). Jason and I have only occasionally tweeted back and forth.  So there are my disclosures. In no way was I paid or asked to write this post. I just sharing great people with other great people I know!

     

  3. Whoa what a 2011

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    So I have never done a wrap up of a year post before, but I thought back on 2011 and actually wanted to write it down! So here goes, this is what happened to me in 2011 and hoping 2012 is just as exciting…it may be hard to top!

     

    1. I worked at 3 different companies and worked for 4 different companies. Ok let me explain:

    Started the year at Target Corp, then went back into consulting for Analysts International working on contact at Best Buy, then went to work for Liberty Tax Services in November. See 3 companies worked at and worked for 4.  All very exciting and challenging project work in a short amount of time!

     

    2. I moved from Minnesota to Virginia!

    After 16 years of living in Minnesota the Privette family decided to pick up our roots and head south!  My wife Tara got a huge career opportunity, so we decided as a family to take off on this adventure.  This has turned out to be one of the best decisions we have made in a long time!  Upon moving here within a month the Great Dismal Swap started on fire and burned for 3 months, an earthquake happened while I was having lunch with Joe Ruiz in Richmond, VA and finally we got to experience our first hurricane called Irene.  I hope Virginians did not attribute this to the Privette family arriving to Virginia! Luckily it has been quite quiet since August.

          

    Joey Me Jace 1st Picture in VA July 2011

     

    First Day of School VA

     

    Hurricane Irene

     

    Norfolk Tides Game

     

    Norfolk Tides Game

     

    3. Got an opportunity to publicly speak at  2 venues!

    I have always wanted to publicly speak and I finally got my opportunity to do so at 2 venues this year.  The first one was at #Ungeeked Chicago.  I had been following this venue since the beginning and wanted to get on the docket at one close to Minnesota.  That turned out to be in Chicago (sort of a homecoming for me, which added to the excitement of going) and decided to submit a topic and by golly I got selected.  At first this was supposed to be a mini-session, but when another speaker bowed out at the last minute, I was given an opportunity to speak in a larger session! This was such an awesome experience. I was able to bring in a different perspective about how a business analyst or a good technology project manager offers the marketing, HR, marketing, and social technology organizations a resource they might not have considered in the past,  to successfully implement and manage their technology landscape.

    The second venue was at the Social Media Optimization Conference in San Fransico, CA.  I was asked by Todd Tweedy (which I got to meet in 2011 and hang out with at this conference!) to be on a panel discussing Advanced Social Media Advertising Techniques.  This was a blast because I got to bring the perspective of the social consumer based on the techniques implemented. It offered up a ying and yang to the discussion!

    @PegFitzpatrick & I at #UnGeeked Chicago

     

    Amanda Hite @sexythinker #UnGeeked Chicago

     

    SMOC 2011 San Francisco, CA

     

    SMOC 2011 San Francisco, CA

    4. The people I had an opportunity to meet #IRL (in real life)

    Probably the most exciting part of 2011 was the people I finally had an opportunity to meet this year! Here is the list of folks I got to meet and have some great conversations with.  Thank you for making time to meet!!!!

    Olivier Blandchard   Peggy Fitzpatrick    Sam Fiorella    Sean McGinnis   Cd Vann   Amanda Hite Liza Sperling  Katie Felten   Zack Miller   Joey Hill   Jan Ferguson   Jason Falls   Amber Naslund Troy Janisch   Dave Murr  Lauren Breuning  Shanna Gratton  Jeff Willinger   Ray Wang   Dawn Miller   Joe Sorge   Joe Ruiz   Brandie McCallum   Cam Gross   Robert Stephens   Corie Rose   Jay Senn   Jenny Renynolds   Nina James   Joshua Garity   Kristin Elizabeth Smith   Rohit Bhargava   Tim Moerke   John Blaska   Todd Tweedy   Digital Rebecca  Andrew Hodel   Jim Keenan   

    ps: If I missed you on this list please drop me a comment & I will update. I can update it’s my blog after-all!

    5. Participated in my 1st startup weekend here in VA!

    One the first people I met when moving to Virginia Beach, VA was Zack Miller of We Are Titans.  While chatting over coffee he mentioned he was bringing the first ever StartUp weekend to Norfolk.  I had always wanted to participate in an event like this, so I signed up. Little did I know I was going to be working on a project team vying for a potential to receive $20,000 startup money to make the app become a reality!  Our team did not win, but the experience was an overwhelming success in my book.  So much so, I have volunteered to help plan, organize and make the next one even bigger!

    StartNorfolk Nov 2011

     

    StartNorfolk Nov 2011

     

    StartNorfolk Nov 2011

     

    StartNorfolk Nov 2011

     

    6. For the past year got the opportunity to help out the Buyosphere.com team

    Back in January 2011 Tara Hunt of Buyosphere asked if anyone in the community wanted to help out and dedicate some time to testing, using, and providing feedback to the beta version of Buyosphere.com (back then it was Shwowp.com). I jumped at the opportunity to be on the ground floor of what I think has huge potential in the buying experience space and #VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) space.  Over the past year I have used the product, tested releases and provided feedback this past year.  It has been a wonderful experience to truly help some really fantastic entreprenuers in the technology space.  Thank Tara Hunt, Jerome Paradis, and Cassandra Girard for the opportunity to get to know you and help out!

    Buyosphere.com

     

    7. Got an acknowledge in a Book…uh me? Really?

    Yes really! I had no idea my good friend Olivier Blanchard gave me an acknowledgement in his book until I got the book.  Someone sorta tipped me off before my copy arrived (you know who you are…), so I was on the lookout. To be acknowledged by someone I respect and consider a virtual mentor was pretty darn cool in my book.  I opened it up and started reading and sure enough! If you would like more information on this book, just click the image. I HIGHLY recommend this book any person or company heading into, already in, or wanting to evolve their social business.

    Social Media ROI by Olivier Blanchard Acknowledgement

     

    So here is to hoping 2012 is as fun filled, adventurous and exciting!  I set the bar pretty high for myself in 2011, which I don’t mind trying to climb over in 2012! I wish everyone the best of luck in 2012. Have an idea pursue it, have a bucket list cross some stuff off, want to try something different try it, lose weight, quit smoking, meet new folks, start a hobby, etc, etc etc…the only person stopping you is YOU. Found this out first hand in 2011!

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