Taking It Offline – A Recap of Recent Social: IRL Events, Plus Two Events To Attend This Week

It’s been a busy few months for Social: IRL. In addition to our regular client work and speaking engagements, we’ve been privileged to host and attend some great events.

Thanks to the support of our sponsors and speakers, who enable us to offer the event at no charge to attendees, we were able to continue our social media for nonprofits workshop series with additional events in Springfield and Kansas City. Since we started this workshop series back in May, over 450 nonprofit attendees have participated.  We just announced the next workshop for Jefferson City MO, on December 4, and are working to announce a final 2012 event date in St. Louis MO.

Becky McCray speaking in Lawrence KS

We also enjoyed hosting our good friend Becky McCray here in Lawrence KS, for Small Business Survival and the State of Now.  We’re looking forward to seeing Becky again later this week at the State of Now conference in Hutchinson KS.  If you aren’t familiar with the State of Now, formerly known as the 140 Conference, you can learn more from our interview with Becky and conference organizer and co-host Jeff Pulver.

In addition to our own events, we participated in some pretty amazing events hosted by Social: IRL sponsors and friends, including the Expion Social Business Summit in Raleigh NC, the Spredfast Social Summit in Austin TX, and Brian Solis’ Pivot Conference in New York City. Thank you to the event hosts, speakers and sponsors for the many incredible insights and valuable learning experiences.

This week we’ll be attending two local events  and would strongly encourage you to join us. In both instances the event organizers have given us discount codes to share, making registration a truly affordable and valuable investment.

The State of Now, Hutchinson KS, November 8: Expect to hear from dozens of great speakers from across the U.S. sharing stories of the personal and professional impact of social media and how the “state of now” is disrupting business, education, agriculture, media, celebrity, music, politics, public safety, and our culture. Presentations are all 10 or 15 minutes long, and PowerPoint is not allowed. Much like a Twitter message, speakers have to get to the point. It’s less of a “how-to” conference,  more of an idea conference.  Use promotion code friendofST12 and registration is just $40. Visit the event website to learn more and register.

Compute Midwest, Kansas City MO, November 9:  Learn about what’s next in technology – straight from eight tech leaders from companies like Google, Box, Github, Joyent, Dwolla, AgLocal and more. Hear the inspiring stories of these innovators who are building companies that change our life, our work & our business. Gain insight into their vision for the future, learn where technology is going and discover how Kansas City can capitalize on Google Fiber. Discount code SOCIALIRL for limited time 30% off regular conference ticket price. Discounted tickets are also available for startups, entrepreneurs, nonprofits & students.  Visit the event website to learn more and to register.

We spend a great deal of time online – learning, doing business, creating valuable networks and connections, and enhancing existing relationships.  But the value of these offline networking and learning opportunities can not be emphasized enough.  It’s part of our own business philosophy and even, of course, the IRL (In Real Life) in our business name.

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