Monthly Archives: May 2010

Soccer Seen Through My Eyes

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The US National men’s soccer team selected its 23-man roster today for the World Cup and I’m ecstatic to say with a few exceptions that Bob Bradley made the right choices.

Most people I know could care less about “The Beautiful Game” but I’m very passionate about the sport.  I truly believe the World Cup is the most amazing sporting event in the world, I envy the Renaldo’s, the Donovan’s, the Beckham’s, and the Rooney’s of the soccer universe.

You see they all play a sport that I played on a regular basis growing up. When I was growing up in a suburb in Connecticut, soccer was one of the most popular youth sports.  I played in rec leagues, travel teams and our high school team and many of my friendships were made on the soccer field.

I always loved the beauty, the grace and the simplicity of the game — from fancy dribbles to short finesse passes to artistic goals.  If Picasso painted a picture of soccer, it would be a masterpiece no doubt!

This past Spring I coached my older son’s U-4/5 soccer team and enjoyed it immensely.  I emphasized sportsmanship, having fun and was overjoyed to see the kids pick up a few basic technical soccer kills.

I’m also keeping active by playing on an adult rec league here in the Georgia burbs.  While I don’t have the flash and speed of my glory days (actually, I was never blessed with the SPEED), I still have a few crafty moves on the pitch. My team continues to lose most games but just getting out on the field and touching the soccer ball invigorates me like no other sport.

I really hope the World Cup becomes center stage for the girls and boys of the USA.  Once the watch, they may be obsessed with the game just like I am.

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Analyst Relations Chat

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As most of you know, I strongly believe Twitter is one of the next big social media channels for creating buzz about hot topics.

Why many people (business and personal) still doubt the actual and relevant impact of social media, I believe conversations, dialogues, stories and relationships are built leveraging powerful social media dynamics.

As most of you know, I’m a big advocate of going “outside the box” and creating new relationships inside and outside the telecom, analyst relations and PR industries.

So I came up with an idea that was germinated from conversations I have a had with many PR professionals.

I started an analyst relations chat called #archat on Twitter with a friend of mine, Fred McClimans.  This is  a site for analyst relations, analysts and key influencers to come together to express their opinions about the way to improve the analyst ecosystem through best practice approaches, relationship-building techniques, corporate pitches, etc., etc.

Our Twitter chat community is growing into a “viral” dynamo with analysts, marketing, PR and AR professionals talking about it.

I hope to build similar communities like this on other social media sites, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yammer over the next year.

Welcome to My Blog

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Hi All-My wife gave me the idea and I seized the opportunity.  I’m officially starting my own personal blog to discuss an array of topics, discuss my views and in general become a platform for me to voice my opinions and ideas.

As a caveat, my blog is not an extension of Alcatel-Lucent and does not represent my company’s views.

I hope you enjoy my musing and observations about things that are important to me: Public relations, analyst relations, marketing, social media, telecommunications, sports, and hot topics.

Happy reading!