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What is PodCamp Nashville and Why Attend

Dave Delaney

Podcamp Nashville photo by Kerry Woo.Have you heard of PodCamp Nashville? It’s a free “unconference” held each year to celebrate Nashville’s digital talent. Unconference because of its open structure where anyone can present and everyone is considered equal. PodCamp brings together podcasters, bloggers, social media professionals, developers, designers, and anyone who loves to create and consume content online. On May 17th (Saturday), PodCamp Nashville will be celebrating its seventh year. Hundreds of outgoing technology enthusiasts will connect at Nossi College of Art and Design to learn, share, and network with fellow web professionals and novices. It’s an unforgettable event you should join us for if you're in the area. It’s also completely free to attend thanks to generous sponsors.

The TechnologyAdvice Podcast recently featured an interview with this year’s PodCamp Nashville Chair, Carla Swank; PodCamp co-founder, Chris Brogan; and myself. Full disclosure, TechnologyAdvice is a client. Clark Buckner did a wonderful job chatting about the history and future of PodCamp.

I enjoyed hearing more about how PodCamp was born in September, 2006 in Boston. Chris Brogan explained how he and co-founder, Chris Penn, open-sourced the event. This made it simple for local chapters to create their own PodCamps (like we did in Nashville). I wrote about organizing your own events in my book, New Business Networking. This is a great way to connect and grow your community! 

PodCamp Needs a New Name

Chris talked about how de-centralized organizations and events are the way of the future. He spoke about the future of unconferences like PodCamp and BarCamp. He believes the events may need to be re-skinned by losing the word “camp”. I can speak to this first-hand. It still disappoints me each year when I hear from people who should have attended PodCamp, but who didn’t understand what the event is. They get confused by the name and think it has to do with camping. I always explain that it is a free, community event, created and run by the community, for the community. If you have an interest in social media and online content, you need to be there. Trust me on this.

What to Expect at PodCamp Nashville

Clark spoke with Carla Swank on the podcast, who leads the tireless volunteers organizing the event this year. She explained that every job she has had in Nashville is a result from her involvement in attending, speaking, or organizing PodCamp. She found a similar experience when she worked on PodCamp Pittsburgh where she is from. On organizing these events, Carla said, “You form really tight bonds, you really do. They have become some of my best friends”.

Carla said she is most excited about PodCamp Nashville because of the Friday night meet and greet at the Entrepreneur Center. She is also excited about a new category this year for creatives. PodCamp Nashville is being held at Nossi College of Art, so it will make a perfect location for learning and connecting with one another.

Chris Brogan told Clark something that stood out to me during their interview, “You’ve got to come with your ideas intact and with all of your feelings, thoughts and notions on what you are going to do to deliver value, or it’s just not going to be a good event for you.”

PodCamp really is what you put into it. Come prepared to learn, share, and meet new people. You are guaranteed to have fun (or your money back).

Did I mention PodCamp Nashville is free? I hope to see you on Saturday. Online registration is now closed, but walk-up registrations are  welcome. Check out the sessions and see why you should plan to attend.

Photo by Kerry Woo. This post originally appeared in the Tennessean newspaper.

Speaking With Erik Fisher About Networking and PodCamp Nashville

Dave Delaney

wBeyond The To Do List podcastI had the great pleasure of being interviewed recently on Erik Fisher's podcast, Beyond The To Do List. We spoke at length about professional networking and the importance of building your network before you need it. In addition to talking about networking and my upcoming book, New Business Networking, we chatted about PodCamp Nashville. PodCamp Nashville is a free "unconference" for anyone to attend. The full day will feature hundreds (likely between 500 - 800) people who will gather to meet, network, present, and attend sessions. The sessions will range from podcast to blogging, social media marketing to search engine optimization, and content creation. It's going to be an incredibly rewarding day for those who participate.

I encourage you to tune in to Erik's interview with me to learn more about what's in store and why you should be in Nashville on May 4th.

PodCamp NashvilleHere is a list of some of the presentations I am most excited for:

BECOMING THE AUTHORITY ON GOOGLE - Chris Turner

BUILDING YOUR DIGITAL BRAND WITHOUT DEMOLISHING YOUR PERSONAL LIFE - Erik Fisher

HOW TO WRITE AND PUBLISH A BOOK IN 90 DAYS OR LESS (THEN SELL THE **** OUT OF IT) - David Hooper

HOW TO QUIT YOUR JOB, BE YOUR OWN BOSS & NEVER LOOK BACK - Laurel Staples

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CAN'T BLAME TECHNOLOGY OR LACK OF DESIGNERS? - Nicholas Holland

3 SEO EXPERTS SHARE THEIR TOP DIGITAL MARKETING TIPS - Anna Hamil

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY - DON'T IT? - Kerry Woo

AVOID THE WORK ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE - Jennifer Way

IS A HANGOUT RIGHT FOR YOU AND WILL GOOGLE+ TAKE OVER THE WORLD? - Shane Bailey

COOL KIDS DO CONTENT STRATEGY! - Todd O'Neill

HOW OLD SCHOOL CAN BEAT THE NEW TRENDS - Marc Wolfe

HOW TO GET MORE BITES AT THE APPLE OF GOOGLE GOODNESS - Pamela Coyle

THE SINGULARITY: WHY THE COMING ROBOT TAKEOVER MATTERS NOW! - Micah Redding

NEUROSCIENCE IN MARKETING & HUMAN RESOURCES - Dave Barger

I will be hosting an open discussion on productivity called NAKED PRODUCTIVITY. I'LL SHOW YOU MINE IF YOU SHOW ME YOURS. If you are going to be at PodCamp Nashville, I hope to see you there.

 

SNiRL Social Networking in Real Life

Dave Delaney

Photo by: Philip GrahamI recently had the honor of presenting my SNiRL presentation at three incredible events. Each version was slightly different to fit the conference, and the feedback I received was very encouraging. Thanks to Bryan Allain from Killer Tribes, Jason Falls from Explore Nashville, and from everyone at PodCamp Nashville. In SNiRL, I spoke about how I was networking without knowing I was networking from a very early age online. Years later, I learned what business networking was all about - a two-way street.

Networking once had negative connotations associated with it. Working a room at a networking event like a used car salesman, rapidly handing out and collecting business cards is lame. The truth about networking is that it takes time.

Help Others

You must find ways to help others in your network long before you ask your network for help. Perhaps you will never have to ask for help, but it's crucial that you are finding ways to help others along the way.

Do this today. Check your email, and find your daily LinkedIn update message. Is there someone there who could use a hand? Log in to Facebook (assuming you weren't already logged in), and look at who is celebrating a birthday today. Did you wish them a happy birthday? Perhaps you should think about ways you could do them a favor for their big day.

Go do this now. I'll be here when you get back.

Photo by: Philip Graham