Yesterday morning I got up at dawn and headed to Fisher Plaza here in Seattle to attend a panel discussion at KOMO which included my pals Robert Scoble and Shel Israel. They discussed their book “ Naked Conversations” in a conversation with Joe Trippi and Georg Kolb of Text 100. A good time was had by all!
It is always interesting to me when at an event put on by a PR firm the attendees are almost universally nice looking women in the PR business. A few guys show up, but not many. I routinely marvel at how I seemed to have missed dealing with the PR industry over the first 35 years of my business life, and now am not sure how relevant they are.
As I have written before, I seemed to get 1–4 calls every time ActiveWords gets some ink from PR professionals. It takes me about 5 seconds to check to see if they have every tried ActiveWords, and the answer is always “no”…and the conversation goes down hill from there.
But back to the panel. Robert and Shel were great, Trippi was a lot of fun, and Kolb held his own with a group that talked well and talked a lot! I had met and talked to Trippi at Pop!Tech. He made some interesting comments about the 2008 election, the most surprising of which was that he seriously anticipated a strong third party candidate. He wasn’t sure if it would come from the left, i.e. Al Gore or the right, i.e. John McCain. He also expected a very conservative candidate to come from the Republican party as a reaction to his expected nominee from the Democrats, Hillary Clinton.
Trippi made one nice comment to the crowd when asked the classic question about blogging, i.e. “Where do you start”…and he responded “Learn how to blogpaddle”….
The best picture I took is above…L-R, Shel, Kolb, Dreyfuss, Joe and Robert.
The moderator of the event was Joel Dreyfuss who did a nice job of keeping the event focused.