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I realize now I forgot to post my second video with my impressions of the NSA UNconfernce in Atlanta, GA.  I also would be remiss if I did not mention the two women who’s brain-child this was. Although many people are involved with putting on an event like this, Gina Schreck and Neen James are to be commended for chairing this spectacular event.

The video is posted here along with my thoughts as I wrote them out.

The best part about any NSA event is the people you see.  Your old friends, the new ones you meet and walking around the halls are the NSA Legends.

We all have our role models, those people who we emulate.  The people who we see on the platform and you say to yourself, when I grow up I want to be just like them. Most professional speakers I know today became speakers because they saw someone somewhere giving a presentation and said to themselves, “I could do that!”

You often hear speakers compare themselves to more well known speakers. “I’m the Steve Spangler of Math. I take numbers and blow them up, exponentially.”

Me, I’m the Larry Wingett of Social networking. I call it Vinny’s Anti social networking” It’s not Facebook, it’s InYourFacebook, not linked in, it’s tapped out. And it’s MYSpace. Your space is over there somewhere.

So here are the greats of NSA walking those halls. And at the end of the day I look in the mirror and I realize I’m no Mark Sanborn. Even if I didn’t age another day, Mark will always look better and younger than me.

And forget about being Scott McKain.  That guy is so smooth, and a voice like fine cognac.  He did a session called, “What I know Now.”  And you figure Scott has got to know a lot, because they gave him an hour and a half. I could never be Scott McKain or even Scott Halford. But, I could be Scott Friedman.

Now there’s a role model for you.

The UNconference got it’s official start Friday night with the OPENING GENERAL SESSION:  Scott Ginsberg and Matt Church.  I’ve already said a lot about Scott, but one thing sticks out about his keynote. He said, “Are you smoking what you’re selling?” I had to think about that for a moment, was that a metaphor?  If so the answer is yes. If it’s not a metaphor the answer is … yes.

Matt Church also presented at the opening session. Glad there was a description in the program because I had a hard time understanding him. Had some sort of strange accent.  Turns out he’s from Australia, so English is a second language for him.

He said as world-class speakers we create moments of magic that ripple across the planet. Whoa? Obviously he’s never seen me speak. I get a ripple, but it doesn’t get much further than the second row.

But he ran the Thought Leadership intensive track. I had to do a session in the room next to his.  Loud music, people cheering and I’m pretty sure the hotel wouldn’t let them do a firewalk, but it sounded like Matt was walking or water. People drifted out of his session in a daze.  At 5:15 Saturday, I’m already on my second drink and there’s a group of people huddled around Matt’s Church, hanging onto his every word. So now I’m getting a better idea of what a ripple is all about.

They had his Kia Bar.  “Know It All.”  I don’t think anyone person knows it all but there were plenty of people  threre who knew a lot about stuff. My 2 minutes with Lois Creamer was worth the price of admission. She is big on positioning statements and she gave me a beaut.  “I work with organizations that want a program with now redeeming value, bullet points or key Strategies.”  That’s me.

Sam Horn in her program said the 2 most important words are, “for example.” Se from there you can go into your pitch that pops.  “For Example.”  I always thought the 2 most important words were, “Not Guilty.”

Had a Social Media Intensive from 9:00 to 5:00 with sub tracts Yellow belt, or Black Belt. But no Belt of Scotch, I might of signed up. See when I get social, I like to use more than my thumbs.

I never really got into this Web 2.0. I never got past Web 1.7.4.  I was happy when the internet was just porn. But everyone today is wired, big deal when I was growing up I was always wired.  Besides, when your grandmother has a facebook page, It’s time to move on.

Do you know what is the most frequent text message I get? “Call me.” What’s up with that? You text me to tell me to call you when all you had to do was pickup the phone and call me.  No, you had already picked up the phone.  All you had to do was punch in a couple numbers, because if I’m not in your speed-dial or your favorites, you have no business calling me.

And I’m sorry but, tweeting, just sounds like something I shouldn’t be doing. And I don’t want nobody following me.

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Here’s my latest blog post as seen on YouTube.

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Funny Keynotes and Hilarious Conference Summaries.

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