How to Manage Social Employees, Social Media at Events, and Car Talk

Whew, this summer has been way too busy for my liking. This is the first summer I think basically ever where I have no summer vacation planned, and I have to say it's kind of depressing. Before I feel too sorry for myself, I will say that I'm taking some staycation time next week, but with the week being sandwiched between conferences, somehow I'm not feeling the relaxation. Cry me a river, I know ;)

Anyway, I've been woefully neglectful of this blog recently, so figured I'd at least link to my recent post over on Socialfish about managing social media employees. I was inspired by a Harvard Business Review blog post, How to Manage Your Smartest, Strangest Employee, and thought that the same advice could be given for social business-related employees.

Aside from that blog post, I've mostly been just working and gearing up for a busy (for me) travel schedule. I just returned from Louisville, KY from the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives annual meeting where I presented with Maddie Grant and Jim Doherty of the Austin CVB about using social media before/during/after events. I have to say that the meeting was awesome, even though it's plenty hot and humid enough in DC; I could have done without Kentucky heat and humidity. And of course there will be more where that came from in a few weeks when I head to Dallas to ASAE's annual meeting where I'll once again be presenting, this time as part of Under the Hood: "Car Talk" Takes on Association Publishing. For someone who hates public speaking, I sure seem to be doing a lot of it lately. Don't know whether that's good or bad. I guess I'll go with good, as I think I'm starting to hate it a tiny bit less, and have met some cool people and been part of some great discussions before, during and after presentations.

So that's all that's new with me--other than the totally unrelated but very disturbing news that my former swim coach was molesting a girl I used to swim with. In case you don't know that about me, I used to be a competitive swimmer and swam for Curl swim club--for that coach, and with that girl--from the time I was 8 until I went to college. I know, totally unrelated but I have to say it's surreal to read a story like this on the front page of the paper and think "I totally knew that girl, and remember the rumors that something was going on between them"--which I do.