An idea worth spreading- thoughts on TEDx Detroit

Another great TEDx Detroit wrapped up on October 26, 2012. If you want a fantastic rundown of it all check out the series put out by our friends at MLive.

While I thought there were many spectacular presentations and ideas shared this post is about an observation. Something I noticed that was pervasive throughout every talk and performance delivered.

The people who are TED worthy all seem to have something in common. They think, speak and behave differently. And somehow those differences make them all the same.

It’s not just about looking at problems as opportunities or believing that obstacles are in front of us to make us stronger. It’s deeper than that. It’s like they are called to do something. But unlike most people who hear this calling, they actually do something about it. Every day. Over and over until they get it right. Or at the very least better than what it was the day before.

While mingling through the crowd one is reminded of the importance of ideas. And it’s amazing how many of them there are. There are truly engaging people with wonderful ideas everywhere. In fact, there are so many of them, you are quickly reminded that it’s really not as much about the ideas but the execution of them. 

While TED is a worldwide phenomena, this repetitive action, and calling to do something better is the same mindset that the Detroit area seems to be embracing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not pervasive throughout the entire city…yet. But one gets the firm notion that there is enough of a nucleus gathering that the change we all want to see in the D is well begun. And as Mary Poppins taught us “Well begun is half done”.

Spreading ideas is one thing. What we really need to focus on is spreading positive action.

3 Ways to enjoy TEDx Detroit on 10/26/2012

The more we focus on good ideas coming out of Detroit the more they will happen.

Tomorrow is going to be a day full of the passion, energy and creative genius that is represented throughout our area. Normally I would tell you that you don’t want to miss it but I already know you will. At least live anyway and we are really bummed about that.

We’ve made the right moves to make sure we put ourselves back in the good graces of the powers of TEDx and are looking forward to another huge event next year. In the meantime here are 3 quick ways to get your fix of positive ideas worth spreading from Detroit.

Big thanks to our friends at Powerstream who are stepping up huge at the last minute to assure many more people can view it on this stream. As I write this I realize that we didn’t “enhance the gigs (GBs)’ coming out of the GEM so I hope the stream holds up.

If it doesn’t, you can most certainly follow along on Twitter using #TEDxDetroit and don’t forget to share a little #313Dlove. Our friends Derek Mehreban, his team at Ingenix and Heather Coleman-Voss will be tweeting away.

Join us for Apres X at 6 pm where we put the TED in the DET. The energy experienced during a day of TED talks is infectious. We would be able to light all 3 casinos for a year and the ideas shared will have attendees lit up like they just hit the jackpot. You can soak up this good juju by joining us at 6 pm at the GEM and hear past presenters, musical acts and celebrate with stories of the day.

October 26 will be another great day in Detroit and we hope you’ll be joining us however you can. A great place to start would be thanking our production team and sponsors for this years event.

Be connected-

Terry Bean

Ever wonder why I sign off with Be connected? Watch my 2009 TEDx Detroit talk called 6 degrees of connectedness.

60+ Tips on Using LinkedIn effectively

LinkedIn is THEE most important business networking site there is. The challenge is most people think of it like it’s one of those late night infomercials…you know “set it and forget it”. LinkedIn is like EVERY other networking opportunity there is, for it to succeed it will require some participation on your part.

It is my hope that you will utilize at least a few of these tips that I have drawn up for you so you can understand how this tool will help your business. It’s important to note that I joined LinkedIn back in 2004 and currently have over 5,000 connections. I offered my first LinkedIn training class in late 2005 and have conducted over 100 sessions since then.

I am a very open connector because I believe that connections lead to opportunities and opportunities often require new connections. How you use LinkedIn and for what purpose is entirely up to you. I do suggest that you have a plan in place. If you are looking for some ideas, reach out to me, I’m always happy to help.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the meat, shall we?

Complete your profile– This is your appearance to the outside world. LinkedIn is a buttoned up business kind of place. Even if you spend the majority of your day in sweatpants and bunny slippers, you certainly don’t want to give that impression here.

Add a photo- YOUR picture, not your logo will humanize you. Job seekers don’t have to worry about being discriminated about due to age. Most HR professionals search profiles with the photos “turned off”.

Create a catchy headline- Use one that helps you stand out from the crowd. Combine who you are with what you do.

Choose your category- LinkedIn provides lots of professional categories from which to choose. Pick the one that best describes you.

Edit your websites to reflect what they are- When entering your 3 websites you have the option to edit them to say more than just “my company”, “blog” , etc. Click “other” and write exactly what you want.

Customize your public profile link- LinkedIn will assign you a “public profile” address. It will have your name and a bunch of random characters. Take a moment and change it to better reflect you.

Put this link in your email signature and invite people to connect with you- This is a great way to add to your network.

Attach your twitter account- LinkedIn makes it easy to share your status updates on Twitter when you attach the two accounts.

Write a meaningful summary- The summary isn’t about your current job. It’s about you. Let your personality shine.

List all of your positions- LinkedIn does a great job of suggesting contacts from your past for you. This also gives you additional opportunities to help others by connecting people who need assistance.

Tell us what you accomplished while there- No sense in leaving this blank. Give us the highlights!

Use the projects feature to give greater detail- This new(er) feature allows you get very specific on your accomplishments.

Ask to be endorsed- LinkedIn makes it easy to ask individuals in your network to endorse you.

Write endorsements for others- Make someone’s day and get a little value for you too. A well written endorsement can speak volumes about the author of it.

Add skills- These are highly searchable and lightly customizable. Make sure you pick those that represent you well.

Share your interests- Also searchable and a great way to connect with others of like-mind.

Focus on business but remember it can be personal too- We like people we perceive are like us. Show us who you are to help us establish common ground more quickly.

Post your educational experience- Another way LinkedIn helps you connect with your past. And it’s important for some to know you’re edumucated.

Add connections– The true power of LinkedIn resides in the numbers. I’m not saying that you have to have 5,000+ connections, but you had better have well over 100. Here are some easy ways to add new ones.

Upload your contacts- This should be step 1. LinkedIn does a great job of protecting your security and an even better job of showing you who you communicate with regularly who are already using the tool.

Get connected through connections- Want to meet someone who is connected to someone with whom you’re connected? Easy. Just ask them to make an introduction (note: an introduction is different than a connection and it is a good starting point).

Add people from groups- Find people in the groups you’re a part of and ask them to connect (groups are discussed in a different section)

Add people via their e-mail address- LinkedIn really wants you to connect with people you already know so they like it if you know their e-mail address. Use that address and send them an invite. It’s that easy.

Add them as a friend- This is the “open” way to connect with most anyone. Be careful using this with closed networkers you don’t know especially with the generic invite. These people will be inclined to report you with an “I don’t know”. Get too many of these and LinkedIn will suspend your invite privileges’.

Join groups– Groups are sectioned off areas where people with like minds or like experiences can connect and share on a deeper level. Groups can be the best
place for you to find your next whatevertheheckyou’relookingfor.

Find those of personal interest- Self-explanatory, right?

Find ones where your clients are- Great way to connected to people who are like your clients.

Find ones that are industry specific- Excellent opportunity to stay current in your industry.

Post relevant content in them- Posting content is one form of participation. There is little sense in being part of the group without participating.

Respond to content there you find important- A much easier way to participate. Make sure your comments represent you and your brand well.

Can’t find a group you like? Create one- It’s one thing to be a member of the group. It’s something totally different to be the center of it.

Invite friends and colleagues to it- A group of one sucks, plain and simple.

Ask them to do the same- Why even have a group if it’s just a bunch of people you already know?

Share content there too- Still gotta participate even if it’s your group.

Add your Linkedin group to your email signature- People + People = more people

Applications– These fun little tools can help you personalize your profile and let you audience know a lot more about you.

Do you travel? Add tripit. Update your network on where you will be. It’s a great way to create serendipitous meetings.

Like to read? Add amazon book list. Highlight what you’re reading and books you love.

Present a lot? Use slideshare to showcase your presentations.

Have a blog? Link it to your site so your connections can see it on LinkedIn.

Like to attend or put on events? There’s a calendar for that too.

Be sure to check out the other applications under the “More” tab

Company pages– These are the opportunity to showcase your business. One of the best parts is that in addition to being able to have your company represented like you are GOOGLE loves this section just like they love your own profile. Be sure to get that good google juice for your business by filling this out.

Start at the VERY beginning…do you have one? If not, figure out who is going to set it up. Smart money is on marketing and having HR being one of the admins of the page.

Tell your corporate story concisely. Consider it like your bio. LinkedIn will walk you through this.

Add your products and services that you company offers.

Share your career opportunities (part of the reason HR gets invited to the party)

Determine what other relevant content you will share here and at what rate of frequency it will be shared.

Make sure your employee’s profiles use the same name as your company page so they can cross-link each other.

Invite friends and connections to “follow” your company. Use employee status updates, groups you’re a part of, other social sites and even your e-mail signatures to further spread the word.

Follow the BUZZ that’s being generated about your company whenever it is mentioned. This is a great way to let other people toot your horn for you.

Search If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times…this IS THE MOST IMPORTANT feature of LinkedIn. In fact, I truly believe that if Facebook understood search half as well as LinkedIn does, LinkedIn wouldn’t exist. The ability to find and be found in a business context is pure gold!

Do a search on the things you want to show up for. Do you show up on page 1?

Try searching for people you’re looking to meet. Can you find the CFO at your favorite prospect? You can search by company, by title, by industry…by so many things. Mess around with this function.

Make sure the drop down is on people and click the advanced button on the right. If you upgrade your membership, you can narrow your search even further. This may or may not serve you well.

In addition to more narrow searches enhanced membership levels get to see more results and get full names on 3rd degree connections. See, membership does have its privileges

LinkedIn added the ability to search status updates in about March of 2011. This is important because you see what people are talking about right now.
You can search companies to find the businesses with whom you want to connect. It’s also a nice way to find many, if not all, of their employees in one place.

The job search function could be its own paper and may in fact be at one point. For the purpose of this document let’s just say there isn’t a better place to search for jobs then on LinkedIn. They did a brilliant thing when they partnered with the Simply Hired. They show many great jobs all the time.

Search groups to find the right ones for you. As mentioned in the groups section of this discussion you will find groups from your alma mater and past employers to groups about hobbies, interests and industry events. If you’re looking for it, they likely have it. If they don’t, consider starting it!

Other things– There are a handful of other things that are worth noting and probably another bunch that I have overlooked. What can I say, I had to be done writing this at some point.

LinkedIn today– It’s basically your little magazine subscription (the cool kids call it an RSS reader).

Setup the information you would like delivered right to your LinkedIn homepage. Like Harvard Business Review? It’s there. Want to follow Automotive news? You

In fact there are 41 different types of feeds for you to choose from. Get bored of one, switch it out for another.

When you find an article that interests you, share it with your connections. They’ll be glad you did and you will have another opportunity to get in front of them to stay top of mind.

Answers– These are a great way to survey your network, do a promotion about your business or simply gain new knowledge.

Think of a question you want to ask and do so.

You can choose to select people who are your 1st degree connections or kick it out to the larger network as a whole.

Categorize your question based on topic. The more focused you get it, the more likely you will get real, relevant answers. People troll the “answers” section looking for the opportunity to give answers and receive the highly coveted “best answer” designation.

Be sure to rank the answers you receive when you’re done.

Spend some time answering questions in your area of expertise. You may be able to help someone AND get yourself a big star for the day (not kidding…best answers actually receive a star).

Polls– Are another great to survey your network. The difference is this one will give you lovely graphs and cost you money.

What would you add to this list?
Even better, how many of these tips are you utilizing or about to be?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and feel free to share this link!

Believe there is a positive change in Detroit

Detroit is ready for change. Not just the tiny incremental change that no one notices, but the type that defies logic and makes them the comeback story of the decade.

The timing is right. This place is right. The energy is right. The only challenge is the mindset of many in AND around the city is way wrong.

The good news is that is totally ready to be changed too. And change it will. Fast. It’s a shockingly small number of people who need to be receptive to the idea of change before we can actually experience change in the collective consciousness of the Detroit area.

Once a change in our collective consciousness happens real change becomes possible. 313Dlove is a movement to make that change happen faster.

We will enroll Detroit’s faith based community. We will enroll the local media. We will enroll business professionals of every color, faith and ethnicity. The bottom line is everyone needs to come to this message (read truth) through whatever way is most familiar to them. And the truth is this:

Detroit has had a rotten go of it since 1967. Sure there have been moments of triumph but nothing like the years before and certainly not like what lies ahead.

The key to Detroit’s forward progress is to fully forgive ALL past transgressions by everyone and move forward from right NOW.

The moment a fraction of our areas total populations believes we can, we will begin to be totally reborn as one race: HUMAN in one neighborhood: THE ONEDERFUL DETROIT REGION (aka The entire old 313 area code as it existed before 810 began in 1993) embracing one religion: LOVE.

We are connected to enough people ready for change whose energy will create the change we seek. It’s time to begin coming together to live out our city’s 207 year old motto:

We hope for better things. Out of the ashes we will rise again.

This city is about to be set ablaze with love. It will be the best fire our area has ever experienced. It’s amazing what we will see once the flames settle down. We will no longer look at one another only with our eyes which can deceive but simply our hearts which will allow us to believe.

Our shared belief in a better future is precisely what will make it possible. And as I’ve been saying for a number of years: “As Detroit goes, so does the rest of the country”. I think it’s about time the word “country” gets changed to “World”.

Will you join us in the 313Dlove movement? You can help us RIGHT NOW by DONATING to a project you believe in.

Pleased to announce my new Detroit focused non-profit: 313Dlove

If you would have asked me in April when will the site be ready I would have told you June 1st. Had you asked me last week, I would have told you that it will never really be ready.

The good news is it’s ready enough to start spreading the Love for Detroit that needs to be shared. You can click the link to see the 313Dlove website.

You have to have a home base on the web and we will have a totally kickass one in the coming months. In the meantime, I think our Facebook Page and Twitter account will be more active,

I do love my vision for what the website will become and I’m glad it’s out today instead of waiting for the “Big Reveal” (looks like I’ll have to create a post with that title and list the product specs).

As I write this I think I should have spent more time documenting this process and sharing it here. It’s wild how fast time goes by.

Sometimes I feel like I should take the Doogie Howser approach and share a daily diary. It would be interesting to track that much of the organization’s impact. Seems like it may be more fun to let others write and share about that and I’ll just simply focus on making it happen.

Are you wondering what you can do to make sure this becomes a reality?

Simply sharing this post and or the facebook page would be a great start. Sharing the website would be great too.

Thanks so much for being a part of the change we all want to see in the D.

Be connected-

Terry Bean

The power in the numbers 1 and 3 for Detroit

The following is a result of thoughts on creating a #313Dlove campaign. You can see the first video uploaded 3/12/12 here.

The 2014 image

Many of us grew up with 313 as our area code. Over the years more numbers were layered on in an effort to keep us better connected. Instead they just added more lines of separation that between people who had been disconnected enough.

It’s important that we Detroiters recognize the strengths of the 1 and the 3 and how they apply to us. In an effort to do this quickly I am simply pasting the latest specific knowledge I have gained in the field of numerology (Numerology is the study of numbers that helps determine and reflect a persons characteristics, talents, motivations and path in life). It’s one thing to recognize the power of these numbers as they pertain to our area code. It’s doubly impressive when those numbers are the calendar date. And in 2014, we get the added power of this being Detroit’s 313th birthday.

Here is what the numbers 1 and 3 mean:

As a 3 Life Path, you possess great talent in creativity and self-expression. Many writers, poets, actors and musicians are born under the 3 Life Path. You are witty, possess a gift for gab and savor the limelight.

A 1 Life Path means you are a born leader. You insist on your right to make up your own mind, and you demand freedom of thought and action. You have drive and determination. You don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way once you are committed to your goal.

I only shared the first 3 sentences for each and the site this is being pulled from is here:

Recognize that the more we live our life path the more it opens it up to us. On March 13, we in Detroit have a once in a year opportunity to lift our energy sky high by playing to our numerical strengths. And at 3:13 p.m., let’s the show the world how we feel about us and tag it #313Dlove

Our area is filled with leaders and those who are doubly creativity. It’s high time we focus on this as our truth and let our recent past go.

Imagine how we can use the power of numbers and new thoughts to transform our area. That is what #313Dlove has been about since day 1. Super excited to have so many people share in this idea.