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Wow, when I was asked yesterday how long Social Geek Radio has been on the air I went blank. One … two… three years, was my reply. How could I forget such an important date?

The very first Social Geek Radio  show launched May 11, 2010! My co-host at the time was the one and only BJ Emerson, VP, Technology for Tasti D-lite and Planet Smoothie.

AK Stout filled BJ’s position in early 2011 and I have enjoyed working with her so much! We have become great online and offline friends in such a short time. She brings so much to Social Geek Radio and continues to push me to think like a Geek. A week doesn’t go by that I don’t learn something new in her #GeekItOut segment! Visit her Pinterest board for Social Geek Radio where she has pinned some of the geekiest sites she has shared on the show: http://pinterest.com/akstout18/geekitout/

We are honored that we have loyal listeners like Dana Lopez, Lorri Wyndham, Cyndee Perkins,  Kate Groom (from Australia!), Jay Stout   and BJ Emerson who join us weekly to participate  in the chat, share our tweets and sometimes join us as co-hosts. It’s a thrill that some of our shows have exceeded 10k downloads. Our guests have been some of the industry’s best of the best. We have interviewed very exciting and interesting people who are willing to take time from their busy schedule to share their expertise.

We have BIG plans for Social Geek Radio but we are totally open to ideas, suggestions for guests and what more can we do help you, our audience to become socially geeky!

Please join us. We air each Thursday, 6pm PT, 8pm CT, 9pm ET and which should be 11am Fridays in Australia.

What You May Not Know About Me

As the year comes to an end, I realize there are a few things on my “to do” list that I can still accomplish.

In July, I read a great blog post by Amber Naslund called “What I Wish More People Knew About Me. I shared the post on Google + commenting that I couldn’t find the nerve to write a similar post. Amber and Carrie Wilkerson, The Barefoot Executive encouraged me to try. As Carrie said; “what’s the worst that can happen?”

 So here goes!

I’m a wife, mother and a GiGi (grandmother)  – My family is my first priority. I am insanely proud of my kids, grandson and husband. Translation – I brag about them incisively on Facebook. There are two rescues, a 100 lb Doberman (Emmett) and six month 50 lb German Sheppard (Bullet). They are very much part of the family and get equal bragging rights.

Bullet and Emmett

My husband tries to convince me to cut back on the videos and photos. The great thing about Facebook is that if my updates annoy my family and friends all they have to do is hide my posts.

I’m extremely passionate – I have been involved with Computer Explorers, a technology education franchise since 1996. I have yet to present an opening or closing at one of the annual conferences without shedding tears. Why? When I look into the audience I don’t just see a roomful of franchisees. I see a roomful of friends. I see people that I worked closely with when I was a franchisee (from 1996-2004). I see people that work hard and I want to work even harder to help them succeed. I think about the smiling faces of the children in their classes and the difference each franchisee makes in their local community delivering a quality technology education program.

My passion comes from doing work I love.

I want to be a Geek! – My third anniversary with Twitter was this month. Yes, I know what my anniversary date is and if you want to find yours use this link: http://www.tweetstartdate.com/

In May, 2010 I decided to take the next step with social media and start a BlogTalkRadio show, Social Geek Radio. I was thrilled that one of the franchise industry best social geeks, BJ Emerson agreed to co-host with me. My responsibility was to be the social co-host and BJ’s job was to “GeekItOut”.  Each week BJ shared geeky sites and tech tips. Not only did the audience learn something but so did I.  I quickly became a geekwannabe. Today, AK Stout is my co-host and my Geek mentor.  I’m constantly amazed by what AK knows about social media and technology.

Social media and technology are a big part of my business and personal life. It’s exhilarating to think about 2012 innovations and social platforms.

I love meeting strangers – This is the total opposite of my husband. He cringes at the thought of attending a big event where there is a crowd of people he has never met. On the other hand, the very same event excites me. Spending the time getting to know new people seriously interests me.  I can’t stand in line at a store without socializing with the person next to me. My daughter once asked me “Mom, can we please go shopping without you chatting with the person next to us?”  I’m not noisy or a chatterbox, I’m social and very interested in other people’s stories. It’s amazing what you learn with a smile and a simple hello.

In February I will attend the annual IFA (International Franchise Association) convention in Orlando. As one of the Ambassadors I will have the opportunity of greeting people attending IFA for the first time.

Too often I speak without thinking – It’s a bad habit. It’s totally embarrassing to scramble like a cartoon character trying to pick up my words after they have spilled out of my mouth only to find that I can’t shove them back in. I’m getting better and my hope for 2012 is to learn how to pause, think and then speak.

When I retire I want to own beachfront property – When we lived in NJ it was a short drive to the beach. One of the best ways to relax was to sneak off on a work day with my beach chair, a good book and listen to the waves. I miss that.

Today, my book would be replaced with the Kindle or the iPad but the beach and the chair would be the same.

There you have it, a few things you may not have known about me. Hopefully, we are connected and there is more you know about me than I have listed here. If we are not connected, then let’s take care of that in 2012.

Happy New Year!

This is a topic that really charges me up! Not in a good way either.

How many times do you hear someone claim they are a “social media expert” only to find out they are not social at all? In my case, too many times!

When seeking a firm or individual to help you with your social media strategies, be sure to hire someone who can not only talk the talk but actually walks the walk! Nothing angers me more than to jump on a Webinar of so called “experts” discussing SEO, blogging, Google + or Facebook setup to find their own company pages are totally blank or nonexistent!!

When I presented at FranCamp I was clear that Computer Explorers got our start in the social media world due the partnership with Gini Dietrich, CEO Arment Dietrich. She talks the talk. She walks the walk. Yes, she has 20, 283 followers on Twitter because she actually has something to say and that is why they follow her! Below is a short clip of my presentation.

AK Stout provides social media training on setting up Google +, Facebook pages, etc. And guess what!? She is active on those pages! Check out her new business page on Google +, here. Justin Brackett, VP Marketing of BizChangerZ  blogs, speaks and tweets about social media! Follow him on Twitter to learn more, here

Join us for on Social Geek Radio as Justin Bracket, AK and I discuss this topic! We would love to chat with you either in the chat room or call into the show. We are live  8pm CT/9pm ET, November 10th but it’s recorded so catch the show at your convenience. Link here

I Want To Be A Geek!

I’m sure I’ve said it before and will continue to declare “I want to be a Geek!” Two of the best Geeks I know, look up to and have a lot of fun with are AK Stout and BJ Emerson.

GeekItOut - Cool Website List

AK amazes me weekly on Social Geek Radio in the GeekItOut segment. She shares Websites and information that is fun and informative.  You can find the complete list here. (The segment was started by the #1 Geek, BJ Emerson when we started Social Geek Radio a year ago.)

BJ Emerson

BJ joined us on Social Geek Radio last night to discuss using social technologies to reward brand loyalty. There was a fantastic article in Hospitality Technology titled “Reward Point Revolution” which you can find here He says that he thinks “ that part of our job is to provide visibility to what’s going on online related to the brand.”

We had a lot of fun and if you missed the show it’s archived on iTunes or BlogTalkRadio.

So if you want to be a Geek  or want to learn something new about social technology then follow AK and BJ. I promise you at the very least it will bring a smile to your day!

It all started a year ago!

In 2009 I immersed myself  in social media seeking ways to build brand awareness for COMPUTER EXPLORERS (CE). As I worked hard exploring the world of social media I became more and more intrigued. Building an on-line community awareness for CE became exciting and an educational experience for myself.  It wasn’t long until I was asked to share my experiences with other franchise leaders at conferences and speaking engagements.

Meet the Geek

BJ Emerson

BJ Emerson was one of my social technology connections. I was invited to be a speaker at the 2010 IFA (International Franchise Association) annual convention. BJ was also attending as a speaker. This was exciting since we had never met IRL (in real life)!

After spending time with BJ I knew he would be someone to expand my knowledge in the social technology world.  I felt there was something I was missing in my use of social media. I asked BJ if he’d like to take a risk and join me in starting a Blog Talk Radio show on social technology. He thought it would be a lot of fun and came up with the clever name of Social Geek Radio. It was his idea to use the last 15 minutes of each show to “Geek It Out.” A segment sharing social technology sites that would be new to our audience. They were always new to me since he never shared with me prior to the show!

Our goals were simple:

  • Provide an educational show for business owners on the best practices of utilizing social technology
  • Empower others who love technology to connect with others
  • To make the cyberspace easier to manage and be heard over all the noise
  • To entertain and have fun doing so

We had a great time in 2010 but starting in the new year of 2011 BJ’s speaking and travel commitments were going to interfere with his availability on Thursdays for the show. Check out his calendar of events here.

I needed a new Geek!

I was connected to AK Stout, Saying It Social and I was very impressed with her social tech skills. Her Twitter profile says, “all you need to know about Online Marketing, SEO, Social Networking, & Social Media Marketing for Franchisees, & Small Businesses.” As a guest on Social Geek Radio she wowed our listeners.

I took a chance and called AK to invite her to be my new co-host. She accepted and has been a great geek! She easily picked up the Geek It Out part of the show and amazes me weekly. Recently she shared a list of some of the best sites that she has shared on the show: GeekItOut: Cool Websites & Tools

Year Two and Beyond

There have been challenges using Blog Talk Radio and it’s a commitment of time to do the show weekly. I don’t know how long this gig will continue but for now I’m having a great time. We have some interesting guests lined up for the next few months and there is still so much to learn and share! I hope you will join us as we continue this adventure.

Happy Anniversary Social Geek Radio and thank you BJ and AK for allowing me to get in touch with my inner geek.

AK Stout

Social Geek Radio begins 2011 with a new Co-Host, AK Stout.

AK has been working with social media for the past six years, having been amongst the first group of people introduced to Facebook. With a degree in Marketing, AK prides herself in finding ways to utilize her knowledge in conjunction with the ever expanding mix and advantages of online tools to increase a brand’s exposure while establishing trust and cultivating meaningful business-consumer relationships. AK is the owner of Saying It Social,LLC a company dedicated to helping business owners with their social media presence. AK welcomes you to join in her conversations on Twitter,  Facebook, and LinkedIn.

We want to hear from you as we build our audience and topics each Thursday, 6pm PT, 8pm CT, 9pm ET. What would you like us to cover? Who would you suggest we invite as our guest? Do you have something really geeky for our GeekItOut segment? Join our Facebook page and share your suggestions with us!

Please help me welcome AK beginning Thursday January 6th and our special guest Jack Monson, Vice President, Engage 121.