In the News & Presentations

COMMUNITY FEATURES:

Rockville View was welcomed to the online world with the post “Rockville View Launches Community Water Cooler” by Max for Rockville.

Rockville 11 interviewed me about the City of Rockville Human Service Advisory Commission which I served on for six years and as Chairman for five.

YOGA FEATURES:

Karen Zeitvogel featured my chair yoga class in this piece for the University of Maryland News Channel 2 :

MARKETING:

A Business Wire profile of me includes advice for businesses on how to write effective local press releases: Local News Sites Going Facebook Only? Press Releases Need Local Hook to be Utilized

TRENDS IN SOCIAL MEDIA:

Listen to my  Guest Appearance on NPR’s Digital Cafe with Mario Armstrong.

World Map Of Traffic To Rockville CentralMOVING A WEBSITE EXCLUSIVELY TO FACEBOOK

As Co-Owner of Rockville Central, a local news and information source, I’ve been featured in quite a few stories due to our decision to move Rockville Central exclusively to Facebook from our website. For over four years we had been working to create a civil community hub and we decided to take the conversation to the people. This decision has generated many conversations. Here are several of the articles detailing the change:

On June 26, 2011, The Washington Post Sunday Business section ran a front page article by Ian Shapira on moving a website to Facebook: Rockville news blog abandons its Web site, goes all Facebook all the time

On the day we announced, Nieman Journalism Lab Assistant Editor, Megan Garber, called to chat about our move. Her article Rockville Central set to become a Facebook-only Outlet provided a terrific description of our excitement and reasoning.

The Next Web: Could Facebook Become A Better News Reporting Tool Than Twitter? Describes Facebook’s advertisement for a Journalist Program Manager then gives updates from Gawker and Egypt about Facebook before describing our move.

Media Bistro: Rockville Central To Become Hyperlocal News Site – Without the Site – It Will Go Facebook Only picked up the story.

Then the Huffington Post also thought the decision was news worthy Rockville Central To Become Facebook-only News Outlet.

Mashable published an extensive article Facebook’s Growing Role In Social Journalism exploring the new world of Facebook and journalism including the events in Egypt and Libya. The piece also describes Rockville Central’s move, in fact it starts with it. Vadim Lavrusik left Mashable to be Facebook’s first Journalism Manager.

Past Presentations:

Yoga Events

Hunger Walk groupSunday, October 14, 2012 and Sunday, October 20, 2013, 1:30 PM. Hunger Fund Walk for the Diocese of Washington at Lake Needwood in Rockville. Led a yoga stretch before the walk. More information.

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 12 noon – 3 PM. Get Into It! Heathly Living Expo in Rockville Town Square co-sponsored by the City of Rockville and Thrive Yoga.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 11:30 AM free Yoga Demo in Rockville Town Square during “Mommy and Me and Daddy Too” to promote the new yoga classes at VisArts which I have spearheaded and developed by pulling together a talented team of teachers for an awesome venue. Starting in September 2012.

Workshop

Photo from social media workshopSocial Media Made Simple
Often organizations wish their supporters and members would participate and connect more through social networks. What I realized is that many people are not comfortable enough with the networks to use them effectively. I designed this workshop for Montgomery Women to help members set up accounts, understand the settings, and learn how to use the social networks. This knowledge is beneficial to them personally and to the organization as well. Here’s a more detailed description: “This hands-on workshop sponsored by Montgomery Women will cover instructions and information for beginners through advanced users on the most popular social networks: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. We’ll begin by creating accounts for those who don’t have one then checking the privacy/security settings for each. After the basics are covered , we’ll review best use practices then discuss how to use each platform to promote Montgomery Women, other organizations, your business, your professional career, or your candidacy.”

Speaking Engagements:

Speaking at local organizations, government forums, social media groups, and college classes about my community experiences, social media, blogging, and self improvement is the cornerstone of my endeavors. I’ve designed and moderated political forums and online radio shows. My online endeavors have been presented at local service clubs such as the Rockville Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Rockville.

Speaker on how my business serves the growing senior population in Rockville and what it takes to do so at the Rockville Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Rockville Seniors (FORS) official launch of the FORS program and directory on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Speaker, “Communications: 21st Century Style” for the Commercial Real Estate Women CREW of Suburban Maryland. April 2011. On panel with Cary Scott, Shout Brigade; Jeanine Clingenpeel, SmartCEO; and Alyssa Best, The Op Ed Project, moderated by Erica Leatham, Ballard Spahr, LLP. The Communication in 2011 presentation included an overview of professional blogging, print media publication, and op-ed pieces. We discussed new styles of communication and provided a refresher on the basic components of messaging. I also covered the role of social media and how to handle personal and professional profiles.

Speaker, Friends of the Library Rockville Chapter. April 2011. Presented with co-manager of Rockville Central, Brad Rourke, on the important roles that groups of involved people can play in the community. Recounted the history of this community hub and the recent changes designed to increase community interaction. We talked about the results and what these could mean for libraries as they work to become more vibrant community hubs.

Social Media Club Panel Photo 2010-9Speaker. DC Social Media Club. September 14, 2010
Joined local news startup TBD and other DC area bloggers to talk about the secrets to our blogging success for those wishing to start a blog or trying to increase comments/readers. We talked about how to get started blogging, crafting great posts, and using social media to market your blog. Everyone shared how we fit blogging into our days on top of full-time jobs, families and other commitments.

Rethink pic 1Speaker, Montgomery County Planning ReThink Series on Knowledge. April 8, 2010
I joined four other local bloggers on a panel for the ReThink series, which explored the way knowledge is shared in Montgomery County. I presented with David Alpert (Greater Greater Washington), Dan Reed (Just Up the Pike), Eric Robbins (Thayer Avenue), and Barnaby Zall (Friends of White Flint. We spoke about how technology is changing the way we communicate and how this transformation affect the field of planning. Since our news sources are shifting from print journalism to blogging we spoke about how blogging can help bring in a broader pool of participants into public life. Watch the video here.

Speaker. Montgomery College Class On State and Local Government. March 2010.
“Social Media and Building Community: A Look At Rockville, Maryland”. Presented on Volunteer and Government Use of Social Media, Outreach with Social Networking, Building Community, and Results.

Co-Moderator and Designer. Candidate Forum for the City of Rockville Elections. October 24, 2009.
This forum stepped outside the typical offerings and was informative, interactive, and fun.

Co-Host. Rockville Central’s BlogTalkRadio.com Weekly Show.
Invited and interviewed guests weekly about our community.

Listen to internet radio with Rockville Central on Blog Talk Radio

 

Workshops, classes, and presentations can be created to meet your group, business, or organizational needs. I can make learning fun for supporters, staff, or employees. One client described me as a “coach” and I agreed this was a terrific title for my services. If your organization or business needs training, please contact me. I’ve have always loved teaching and will make sure every person enjoys learning.

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