Sunday, August 30, 2009

Connection Generation hits the book stores!

It's always been a dream of mine to write my book, Connection Generation. When I finally wrote and released it, I called it my "baby" as it arrived nine months after I'd started the project. It was fantastic to see the result of my work when I held a copy of my book for the first time. It was even better to see it listed on shortly after.

Last week, the book hit Australian book stores for the first time. I signed a few copies at Dymock's Wynyard store in Sydney and was so excited, I tweeted about it. Then yesterday, I saw it wedged between two other management book at my local book store in North Ryde. It was such a thrill, I thought I'd share. Thanks to all who have supported me throughout the launch.

Can you do me a favour? Can you ask if YOUR LOCAL BOOK STORE if they stock copies of my book? Would appreciate the effort and any feedback you;d like to share. 

Cheers as always...



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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Connections to create Opportunities

I've been thinking a lot about people who I dub "super" connectors who spend a lot of their time connecting to people, information, experiences and ideas. Why do they really invest all that time? What's it all for and what's to gain? 

I've come to the conclusion that connections open the door to opportunities, be they social or commercial. I've met so many great people and learnt so much through Twitter, found business with people on Linkedin and reconnected with old colleagues and school mates on Facebook.

Without wanting to be so connected, I honestly don't think I would have had these opportunities presented to me in this life.

I believe now more than ever, that "every connection is a potential social or business opportunity." 

What do you think? What's been your experience?


P.S. - More on being connected in my book, Connection Generation




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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Connection Generation Book Review by Danny Brown

his posting is from guest blogger and friend, Danny Brown. Danny and I met through Twitter and although he is a Scot who lives in Canada and I'm an Australian of Spanish heritage, we both 'connected' on a concept he founded called the 12for12k Challenge, a unique charity project using social media to change the lives of millions in 2009. 

Danny was kind enough to review my book, Connection Generation. As he admits openly, although we are friends, " ..this hasn’t affected this review. If it blew I would have said so – or just not reviewed it." Here's the review reproduced with Danny's approval:

Connection Generation by Iggy Pintado is one of these books that comes along and makes you say, “You know, I knew that but I didn’t know that.” It’s crammed full of informational goodness, ideas and theories that you might have been thinking about subconsciously, but didn’t really think about until reading Iggy’s book.

While Connection Generation may sound as if it’s aimed at a specific age group, in reality it goes far deeper. As Iggy himself says, “It’s not for the younger generation or the tech savvy. If you have a computer or phone, you’re already connected.”

So what is Connection Generation and why should you read it? Simple – it promotes the idea that we’re all connected; we just need to know how.

If you’ve read Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, it could be said that Connection Generation is the unofficial sequel to that tome. Where Gladwell talks about Connectors, Mavens and Salesmen, Iggy offers up different types of Connectors – BasicPassiveSelectiveActive and Super.

These refer to how connected each person is. This could be locally, hyper-locally, online, via business networks, phone lists and more. Iggy uses personal stories about his friends and family, as well as wider stories about strangers and people in the news, to show how each different Connector is a part of each other.

You may be a Basic Connector, with just a phone and email (maybe not even email). You may be a Selective Connector, with just a few chosen friends on Facebook and business connections on LinkedIn. You could be a Super Connector, with presences on multiple networks, hundreds of email addresses and phone numbers.

It doesn’t matter; what does matter is that every one has a part to play in how we all interact, both online and offline. These connections help us move forward in our personal and business lives, and ensure that we’re always just a heartbeat away from a cast of millions to help us when in need.

What I enjoyed about Iggy’s book is that it’s written from a completely human angle. He doesn’t separate techy nerds (like me) from everyday users (like my grandmother). He strips away the fear that some people may have about this strange new world we’re now part of, and transforms it into examples you can relate to.

For instance, that phone call you had with your granddaughter? She just tweeted it to her 300 friends on Twitter. One of her friends liked it so much, she just blogged about how cute your grandmother sounds and is now sharing that with 10,000 blog subscribers.

You may not be a Super Connector, but as Connection Generation shows, you don’t have to be. Every single one of us is connected, from the tech savvy to the Luddite to the in-between. And if we’re all connected, it becomes easier to help. And if we all help each other, maybe there’s just a chance the world might be a better place.

Check out Connection Generation today – I think you’ll enjoy it.

Disclaimer – Iggy Pintado is a personal friend but this hasn’t affected this review. If it blew I would have said so – or just not reviewed it.

You can read more from Danny at his social media, PR and marketing blog, or connect with him  on Twitter.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Being Different on Twitter - Sam Mutimer

With millions of people on Twitter and lots of people tweeting at the same time, it's a challenge to get heard above all the tweet traffic. So how do you be - and "behave" - different on Twitter to get noticed? 

 One person who does it really well is Sam Mutimer (@sammutimer). I met Sam via Twitter and was quickly enticed to her tweets by what I've dubbed "Mutimerisms". 

Her tweets reflect her genuineness and gregarious personality to the extent that they're 'out there' enough to keep you engaged yet compelling enough to keep you following. 

Despite being English, most of the phrases she uses don't appear in any formal English grammar book I know of. But after a while of following her, you quickly get mesmerised by a combination of bewilderment and curiosity as you work through the logic of her language and her messages. In the end, you stay tuned and connected because - she's different - and that's her appeal. 

 Here are my Top 10 "Mutimerisms":
  1. Mellers - people from Melbourne, Australia
  2. Juicy - excellent. 
  3. Woohhharr! - excited.
  4. Rippa - great. 
  5. Defo - a definite.
  6. Pukka deluxe - better than excellent.
  7. Crank it up - go to another level.
  8. Its gonna go off - it'll be great.
  9. Gonna Chip Now - have to go now.
  10. Later Skaters - see you afterwards.