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On April 21, 2009 I took Kevin Donlin’s method and put it into action with this presentation.  His method is always to start working before it is needed to show your expertise and to solve a problem before they know they have one. I met Kevin later that day at the MSU Alumni sponsored event “How to find a job in tough times.”

I was supposed to be at a NHLTweetup but I did not want to go because Kevin’s method has helped me.   Early in my social media endeavors I commented on a blog post after I downloaded and dissected one of his white papers called “The Simple Job Search Manifesto”  from the http://www.thesimplejobsearch.com and I have been convinced ever since.  This was a connection which brought me to my first podcast, then featured in a newspaper column in MN, and then that day I was interviewed about Social Media in the Christian Science Monitor which is located in Boston, MA.  I am happy to have met and to know him and even when I don’t think he is paying attention on Facebook he is thinking about me.

I used this when I was kind of confused to what kind of meeting I would be having with Hunch Free.  We had an informational interview already over the phone a few days ago and I was really interested in how to sell a Social Media strategy to a Community College. This is just to enhance a campaign which is already being used and is just my ideas in action.  I am not sure if they can be used in the campaign.

Our meeting was triggered by a change in status on his Linked IN profile because I was looking for ideas on how to create my own.  Am I going to do this or pursue other ideas I really do not know.  In the meantime, I am actively networking and meeting people.

Hunch Free

Hunch Free

So I brought with me this plan to showcase my skills.  Jimmy Gwizdala was impressed and wasn’t really sure what to think.  I had emailed this presentation first because I was not sure if he was going to be bringing his laptop or not and then I also put it on a disc.  So he had a traveling copy if he connects with someone he can pass this on.

I wasn’t offered a job but I was offered an opportunity to freelance.  I am NOT going to take it and I need to find a niche so I can charge something.  I am still passionately looking for a FULL TIME position but I want to keep learning in the process and this is a great way to do so!

Great Opportunities happen when you create them!

You can decide your own destiny you just need to have the desire to do what you want! I am kind of scared but I know this is a great opportunity to gain some experience.  Looks like I am NOT going to take that opportunity I still need a plan for my business if I am going to start one.

Have you freelanced? Started your own biz? What are your suggestions?

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May 30, 2009 Join LLS at the Leukemia Ball! Please contact Norb Promo: Norb.Promo@lls.org

May 30, 2009 Join LLS at the Leukemia Ball! Please contact Norb Promo: Norb.Promo@lls.org

I thought I would pay homage to my former employer The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Norb Promo.  I learned a lot when I was there and had great opportunities to gain some valuable experience.

This is where I found a niche with Twitter and managed to start my networking rolling.  My friend Michelle Martin from the Office of Alumni Relations referred me to the Motor City Virtual Library and through Twitter I found a connection with Robyn Henderson from GMBlogs.  She helped with a signature photo which is really classic.

Through this experience I also found the great things we might have lost about Detroit.  Detroit was beautiful in the 1950s and the city was a happening place.  I hope we find this again.  I hope you enjoy a trip down memory lane with these photos.

If you would like to be a part of the Leukemia Ball email Norb at Norb.Promo@lls.org or call him at (248) 581-3903.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis Photo Exhibit

Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis Photo Exhibit

Detroit 1950s Donated by Motor City Virtual Library at Wayne State University

Detroit 1950s pic donated by Motor City Virtual Library at Wayne State University

Boy of the Year

Boy of the Year

Top photo donated by Motor City Virtual Library at Wayne State University, Bottom donated by GM

Top photo donated by Motor City Virtual Library at Wayne State University, Bottom donated by GM

Donated by Motor City Virtual Library at Wayne State University

Donated by Motor City Virtual Library at Wayne State University

I hope you are excited about the good the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is doing and would like to learn more.  Please Contact Norb I am sure he would love to hear from you.

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I am young professional and I have been graduated from EMU since August 2008.  I have never really cared about having a laptop I have a desk top and I was happy.  Until Startup Weekend Detroit I never realized just how important two things can be.  A laptop or netbook are essential to business today.

I am hard core note taker with a notebook and I am rethinking my paper calander for organization.  With out Internet service you can not  research and it is even harder to create a social marketing platform.

I am active in the social space and I believe in creating opportunities but with out technology you can not participate and this makes life complicated.  My team leader, even though I was frustrated, still considered me part of the team.  I was kind of shocked but he let me participate.

With out a smart phone like an iphone I can not even help my friend Henry Balanon by purchasing his Iphone applications like the Toastmasters Timer for speeches!   I never realized just how important an Iphone can be.  With out a laptop I could have participated by using an Iphone.

Over the years, I have never been much on the technology side.  Last year was the first time I burned a CD.  Through networking, I now believe you can not truly participate unless you have the tools to allow you to excel.  The problem is the cost.

I do not have the money to obtain these things right now.  I am young in my career and I am working part time jobs that play minimum wage which often conflicts with networking times.

I am an optimist and I believe things will.  I am not buying into what the so called experts are saying.  I believe in creating your own life and only you can make changes.  I am hoping change comes soon.

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