Meet the speakers for the third SocialSuccess Mic-Up

 

We're excited to announce the speaker lineup for our third SocialSuccess Mic-Up next Thursday, April 25th! The theme is ‘The best thing that ever happened to you because of social media’. We were looking for stories of adventures, re-connection, personal projects and dreams – all made possible thanks to the power of Social Media. After some great suggestions and stories that were sent our way, we chose five very diverse topics to be shared on stage, open-mic style, to create an insightful and inspiring evening. We have social stories about luck, travel, disconnection and even work.

And just like last time we have an opening speaker: Caleb Storkey. Caleb educates businesses and organisations on current leadership, social media and entrepreneurial issues. He established and grew a property company from scratch to a £6m business, with 50 staff. He currently mentors a number of Tech startups in the UK, and is writing a book. Caleb will be speaking about "The power and potential of a new birth through the lens of social media."

To get a little bit of background information about our five chosen speakers, we asked each of them to answer five short questions, which you can find below. You’ll be able to see them on stage and get to know everyone in person at the Hospital Club, Covent Garden on Thursday, April 25th from 7.00 PM.

 

dLloyd Davis
“Travelling across the USA and being a digital hobo for a year”
@LloydDavis
perfectpath.co.uk/

  1. Can you briefly tell us about what you do?
    I'm a social artist. I define social art as: "The process of skillfully bringing people together in such a way as to create a sense of beauty and attraction in those that see or participate in it.” So I work on participatory projects, write, speak and consult on the subject. And I play ukulele and sing.
  2. How does social media play a part in your profession? (in 140 characters or less!)
    The work I do has been completely transformed since I was able to make my own online media and share it with others.
  3. What was your first social media profile?
    Oooh, probably Friendster or Friends Reunited (which I *paid* for membership of!), followed closely by ecademy and Soflow...
  4. Who would be your number one person to follow and why?
    Dan Thompson @artistsmakers is always doing interesting stuff around pop-up culture, empty shops and organising without organisations (we've worked together on #wewillgather) but I also admire his ability to stick with the online conversation, talking about what he's done and seen others doing.
  5. What should the theme be for our next #Mic-Up?
    I'd like to hear from people who are championing the open web and not just building another walled garden.
 

dGianfranco Chico
"Having a cup of coffee and great offline conversations from London to Tokyo thanks to SM"
@gchicco
gchicco.com

  1. Can you briefly tell us about what you do?
    I'm a marketer and digital strategist who focuses on creating people-centered experiences to tie together the physical and the digital world. I'm passionate about innovative technology and design applied to brands, products, services and cities and how they can provide value to users. A professional nomad, my work and personal interests keep me traveling around the globe.
  2. How does social media play a part in your profession? (in 140 characters or less!)
    In my projects, SM helps connect people in the most meaningful way possible with other people, brands, products, services and cities.
  3. What was your first social media profile?
    I can't remember which one was first as I've seen several come and go. I was an avid user of Flickr from late 2005 (still use it but way less now, my "serious" photography throughput is suffering from too much work), which had a very passionate community around it, we used to meet at least once a month to discuss and do photography.
  4. Who would be your number one person to follow and why?
    The people I follow on Twitter varies constantly based on my current professional (and personal) interests. In fact, I almost follow no friends there (I keep them on Facebook) and have established a rule of not following more than 300 contacts, as the flow of information becomes unbearable/useless (for me) after that. Let me give you two, based on different contexts:
    @bjfogg – BJ is the founder of the Persuasion Lab at Stanford and a pioneer in "behavior design". Offers great tips and tools for creating habits, changing behaviors and currently has a focus on dancing to be happier.
    @nobi – A Japanese journalist who's great for keeping updated on what's happening in Japan and in the tech and design worlds in general (but many of his tweets are in Japanese!).

  5. What should the theme be for our next #Mic-Up?
    How (if in any way) Social Media is enhancing or extending our lives to become better (personally, professionally) as individuals, family & friends and a society. Is it moving forward the human species or just distracting us from the ultimate goal? (hint: it's happiness).
 

dJorgen Sundberg
"Social Media pays my mortgage and takes me to exotic places"
@JorgenSundberg
linkhumans.com

  1. Can you briefly tell us about what you do?
    I run a social media marketing agency called Link Humans.
  2. How does social media play a part in your profession? (in 140 characters or less!)
    It's everything we do, ever heard of social media week? That's every week for me.
  3. What was your first social media profile?
    Either Plaxo or LinkedIn.
  4. Who would be your number one person to follow and why?
    My wife, so I can see the pictures she takes of our baby.
  5. What should the theme be for our next #Mic-Up?
    How do you talk in 140 seconds or less.
 

dAntony Firth-Clark
"Left my wallet on a train. A Policeman > Business Card > Google > Twitter later, I got my wallet back"
@TheFutureGeek
futuregeek.co.uk

  1. Can you briefly tell us about what you do?
    I'm a bit of a holistic Digital Media / Marketing passionista. In February, Essence Digital challenged me to come on board and be part of a small team running Global Paid Search Campaigns for their Google AdWords account. Naturally, I accepted it. They are awesome.
    By night, I run and am sole contributor to www.FutureGeek.co.uk. A blog that aims to use pop culture and lifestyle trends to document the impact that Digital Media is having on Society, Culture and Business.
  2. How does social media play a part in your profession? (in 140 characters or less!)
    It used to be a huge part! But for my current project, Social Media has zero part to play. That will change. I keep well read on Social, and it also plays a big focus on my blog.
  3. What was your first social media profile?
    That depends on whether you consider Email a valid Social Media platform, or even Web Forums. If you mean in it's generally accepted form, then MySpace. I thought it was a load of nonsense until I started selling out music venues at the age of 15 with it... Thanks, Tom.
  4. Who would be your number one person to follow and why?
    Azealia Banks, so I can have a constant reminder of how not to be an idiot.
  5. What should the theme be for our next #Mic-Up?
    The New School of Entertainment.
 

dPaul Hutchinson
"Social Media got me noticed and gave my career the boost it needed.”
@Hutch_PR
hutchpr.wordpress.com

  1. Can you briefly tell us about what you do?
    I am PR and Marketing Executive for Black Letter PR (www.blackletterpr.co.uk). Our clients include law firms and legal sector service providers who we provide with PR and Marketing management and support.
  2. How does social media play a part in your profession? (in 140 characters or less!)
    Social Media allows us to openly network and collaborate with clients, peers and colleagues to help us improve our own skills and services.
  3. What was your first social media profile?
    MySpace – and I’ve just checked, it’s still active!
  4. Who would be your number one person to follow and why?
    Without a doubt @Marketing_Chap. The excellent and ever professional marketing, PR, and social media advice and networking opportunities behind this account are second to none. While advice and ideas do come from the account first hand, the collaboration of the followers and fans in the Chapworking LinkedIn group could well be an example of how professional networking through social media will evolve.
  5. What should the theme be for our next #Mic-Up?
    Do you practice what you preach – how good is your personal brand?
 

We can’t wait to see them all on stage next week!

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