Tales from The Brant Cave by Robert Lavigne, Your Social Business Mentor

I am happy to announce that I have released my first eBook (available as a slideshare and as a downloadable PDF).

It is the first volume in The Brant Cave series and is called Tales from The Brant Cave.

It features insights from my highly successful Social Business Mentor blog.

Enjoy the 163 pages of Social Business, Social Media, Social Networking, and Social Marketing goodness.

Take Care,


Inaugural 42+1 Social Business Screencast Edition – The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up Circa 12:31 PM Feb 23rd – 14:48 PM Mar 1st

Inaugural 42+1 Social Business Screencast

The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up

  1. The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up is out! http://t.co/iS2LjMaS ▸ Top stories today via @_ckramer @johnsblinds
    12:31 PM Feb 23rd from Paper.li
  2. Burning the Charts! Latest @TDGv Social Business Hangout Podcast on Government 2.0 featuring @MarcLaferriere http://t.co/r0cAomay #Gov20
    12:42 PM Feb 23rd from Crowdbooster
  3. The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up is out! http://t.co/iS2LjMaS ▸ Top stories today via @almsnotes @shalynhockey @terrycrosby
    12:31 PM Feb 24th from Paper.li
  4. RT @JasonFalls: As much as the possibilities are interesting, can we please stop this Pinterest as next-big-shift talk? It’s a tactic. Not a strategy.
    14:18 PM Feb 24th from web
  5. RT @BilalJaffery: Is your social media guru only talking followers/likes? Or are they thinking strategically on a business level? #socbiz
    17:42 PM Feb 24th from web
  6. RT @TheArtOf: The Art of Marketing in #chicago April 24 feat. @sethgodin @garyvee @randizuckerberg @keithferrazzi @avinash @mitchjoel http://t.co/rw8rZ599
    17:55 PM Feb 24th from TweetDeck
  7. @JuliaRosien going to be a fun panel for sure
    18:03 PM Feb 24th from web
  8. RT @ArtJonak: EZ Guide: How to remove your YouTube viewing & search history before Google’s new privacy policy takes effect: https://t.co/docBeJ9E // @EFF
    18:49 PM Feb 24th from web
  9. RT @tommytrc: Your Twitter Followers Aren’t a Community http://t.co/t9hIEHgi
    19:10 PM Feb 24th from Pluggio
  10. @T_Burrows @bbusinesses looking forward to it as well.
    22:22 PM Feb 24th from Twitter for iPhone
  11. @brantndp thanks for the share
    0:53 AM Feb 25th from web
  12. The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up is out! http://t.co/iS2LjMaS ▸ Top stories today via @food52 @jeremarketer @jugnoome @laurenonizzle
    12:30 PM Feb 25th from Paper.li
  13. @qibud foster not forster 😉
    14:36 PM Feb 25th from web
  14. @qibud you’re welcome
    19:01 PM Feb 25th from web
  15. @SnowinRI thank you
    1:19 AM Feb 26th from Twitter for iPhone
  16. The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up is out! http://t.co/iS2LjMaS ▸ Top stories today via @genedexter @stevemast @tomwoods55 @remtweet
    12:30 PM Feb 26th from Paper.li
  17. @GeneDexter @stevemast @tomwoods55 @remtweet 🙂
    13:33 PM Feb 26th from web
  18. RT @BBusinesses: Got my questions ready for a “hot seat” podcast about YouTube w/ @John_finalstep this Wed in Brantford. Hope @RLavigne42 is ready to answer!
    10:21 AM Feb 27th from HootSuite
  19. @BBusinesses @John_finalstep Looking forward to this week’s Social Business Hangout http://t.co/jeTCWdGM #Brantford #HAMONT #BRANTS
    10:21 AM Feb 27th from web
  20. The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up is out! http://t.co/iS2LjMaS ▸ Top stories today via @cagoraman @marcetotw @brantjobs @40deuce
    12:31 PM Feb 27th from Paper.li
  21. The Other Side of Forty-Two (A http://t.co/dTX2hrPR Companion): Mackenzie Chiu, The Fuel House (@FuelHouseTOhttp://t.co/wfQm7NUe #YYZ
    13:47 PM Feb 27th from Tweet Button
  22. @trishuhl You’re welcome Trish and Douglas Adams all the way 😉
    18:56 PM Feb 27th from web
  23. RT @ShawnCourchesne: I’m of the belief that either Darrell Waltrip is clinically insane or Danica Patrick is paying him millions to do PR for her. Brutal.
    19:38 PM Feb 27th from TweetDeck
  24. RT @ShawnKing: Waltrip is an idiot: “These drivers have learned from Danica Patrick…” Drivers have *always* taken their hands off the wheel in a crash.
    19:38 PM Feb 27th from YoruFukurou
  25. RT @KF4LMT: How much is Fox & Darrell Waltrip being paid by Danica’s PR people? Some insanely ridiculous statements being made there.
    19:38 PM Feb 27th from Plume for Android Continue reading

Launching 42+1 Social Business Screencast Edition – The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up Circa 7:21 AM Feb 16th – 12:42 PM Feb 23rd

New YouTube Series Coming Soon

The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up

  1. @marcbinkley nice to see the social business podcast on your paper.li Marc. Hope all is well. Rob
    7:21 AM Feb 16th from Twitter for iPhone
  2. RT @RHWLouch: I just gave 5 stars to BRANTS Social Business Hangout! http://t.co/bB4nvOOM
    12:05 PM Feb 16th from Meetup
  3. @BBusinesses @Trevor_Cherewka Typically find it hard to sleep after doing the Hangout. Between the post-production and the gained energy
    12:06 PM Feb 16th from web
  4. @MarianneCrocks @Trevor_Cherewka Glad you enjoyed the Hangout and Podcast Marianne
    12:06 PM Feb 16th from web
  5. @TracyBrinkmann my pleasure Tracy. Hope all is well. Rob
    12:30 PM Feb 16th from web
  6. HTML5-powered “Cut the Rope” comes to the web! http://t.co/Qp9yMNA1 #html5
    16:40 PM Feb 16th from Tweet Button
  7. Episode 13 – A Social Business Hangout on Print is not Dead! Robert Lavigne, The Digital Grapevine, http://t.co/NyxANjxU
    17:00 PM Feb 16th from Pinterest
  8. @ActorJeff that is a great idea re: passer by audio
    17:11 PM Feb 16th from web
  9. @GoBuds probably more accurate than you think. Personally I always run away from any lemming like activity 😉 Racing > http://t.co/R0WgjclK
    17:46 PM Feb 16th from web
  10. RT @julito77: Sad day for Mets fans. Gary Carter dead.
    17:49 PM Feb 16th from HootSuite
  11. Lifecycle Of An Enterprise Social Community (So Far) – The BrainYard – InformationWeek: http://t.co/Nu5AqyX0 via @AddThis
    18:33 PM Feb 16th from Tweet Button
  12. The Other Side of Forty-Two: A Three Course Meal on Valentines Day:@FuelHouseTO, @PottedPotter and #YYZ http://t.co/EproIEXG #PottedPotterTO
    20:22 PM Feb 16th from Tweet Button
  13. RT @knealemann: Never underestimate the power of active learning. #leadership
    20:56 PM Feb 16th from HootSuite
  14. RT @BBusinesses: Small Business Owner? This is worth a listen! A podcast from last night in Brantford on how #PrintisNotDead via @TDGv http://t.co/z3ZKnphh
    21:47 PM Feb 16th from HootSuite
  15. @mayhemstudios @FuelHouseTO @PottedPotter Thanks for the RT Calvin. How are things BTW?
    0:22 AM Feb 17th from web
  16. @mayhemstudios good to hear. Keep rocking it
    10:06 AM Feb 17th from Twitter for iPhone
  17. Heading out to Burlington (@ #TDGv Studios West) http://t.co/IaY0Z8hF
    11:15 AM Feb 17th from foursquare
  18. Local networking meeting (@ Paradiso Restaurant) http://t.co/Kj4OEXku
    12:07 PM Feb 17th from foursquare
  19. The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up is out! http://t.co/iS2LjMaS ▸ Top stories today via @carlayashiro @pressenet
    12:31 PM Feb 17th from Paper.li
  20. @DavidartHills @bigdaddykreativ another great @lmbnontario get together.Sadly had to leave early to get back in Brantford for recording at 2
    17:21 PM Feb 17th from web
  21. RT @danperezfilms: 30 Resources, Tips and Tricks for Marketing Your Business on Pinterest http://t.co/H818WX9C via @jeffbullas
    0:11 AM Feb 18th from Triberr
  22. RT @OliviaSchutt: Me and dad made a bet. If I get 100 RT’s on this, he’ll try to stop smoking. #pleaseretweet
    0:14 AM Feb 18th from Twitter for iPhone
  23. RT @EzyBlogger: Is Twitter Used More For Promotion, Or More For Information? [STUDY] http://t.co/4NiaHD8K
    2:42 AM Feb 18th from Buffer
  24. 15 Ways to Increase The Click Through Rate On Your Tweets http://t.co/d8obtiwE
    11:38 AM Feb 18th from Tweet Button
  25. The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up is out! http://t.co/iS2LjMaS ▸ Top stories today via @jeffreyreidy @alfamale156 @broadwaybabyto @jonharules
    12:31 PM Feb 18th from Paper.li Continue reading

“Season Greetings from Brantford” Fall 2011 Edition – The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up Circa 22:03 PM Dec 5th – 17:03 PM Dec 13rd

Season Greetings from Brantford

The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up

  1. Looking forward to start working on helping out a kickstarter project this week. Challenging myself to editing… http://t.co/Hunnm7ur
    22:03 PM Dec 5th from Facebook
  2. My week on twitter: 15 retweets received, 3 new listings, 20 mentions. Via: http://t.co/CfMY4PeO
    10:14 AM Dec 6th from TwentyFeet
  3. Going to be a long cold winter (@ #TDGv Studios West) [pic]: http://t.co/wedIq5jq
    12:11 PM Dec 6th from foursquare
  4. Woke up to snow on the car. Another reason to set up shop on a higher floor. Starting to get really cold in the studio (basement).
    12:25 PM Dec 6th from Facebook
  5. The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up is out! http://t.co/iS2LjMaS ▸ Top stories today via @hipurbangirl
    12:31 PM Dec 6th from Paper.li
  6. RT @TDGv: See what’s trending for @TDGv. Trending Now ▸ #brants #video #brantford #socialmedia and more http://t.co/cDFnkafP via @RLavigne42 #TDGv
    1:52 AM Dec 7th from Tweet Button
  7. RT @mqtodd: Add Your Google +1 To Any Website – Official Button http://t.co/M3Utg32i via @nakeva
    1:53 AM Dec 7th from Triberr
  8. RT @TheTop10Blog: A Blog is NOT Optional: Whatcha’ waiting for? Start #Blogginghttp://t.co/ZtGxAUvV via @AniseSmith
    1:53 AM Dec 7th from Tweet Button
  9. RT @AronStevenson: I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/5Dqw6ZCw The Flinch – Julien Smith
    1:54 AM Dec 7th from Google
  10. RT @DashBurst: 70% of Americans Have No Idea What Geolocation Apps Are http://t.co/Iq9jxae3
    1:55 AM Dec 7th from Buffer
  11. RT @Minervity: The Most Innovative & Disruptive Tech Companies [Infographic] – http://t.co/kheM5yY7
    1:55 AM Dec 7th from Rebel Tweet
  12. RT @krynsky: Flipboard on iPhone is nice but 3.5″ too small for my middle age vision issues. Hope next iPhone goes bigger or I may be headed to Android.
    1:56 AM Dec 7th from TweetDeck
  13. RT @WeejeeMedia: Facebook Reveals 2011′s Most-Popular Status Trends http://t.co/K4AB61YK
    1:57 AM Dec 7th from HootSuite
  14. RT @marketingm8: I gave Kred a K+ on Klout! http://t.co/soxS9ZTv Check out Kred!
    1:57 AM Dec 7th from Tweet Button
  15. RT @RonaldYau: Brian Solis on Five Common Social Media Mistakes and How to Avoid Them http://t.co/rgwLzOb1
    1:58 AM Dec 7th from MarketMeSuite
  16. RT @sarahkayhoffman: Here’s A Shortcut For Editing Facebook @ Tags http://t.co/yXj8MTUZ
    1:58 AM Dec 7th from Flipboard
  17. The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up is out! http://t.co/iS2LjMaS ▸ Top stories today via @recruiterblog @devincf
    12:31 PM Dec 7th from Paper.li
  18. @betseymerkel @webmetricsguru @smanalyticsbook thanks for sharing the review Betsey. Having Marshall also engaging, makes it a fun process
    15:31 PM Dec 7th from web
  19. @Williams_Fresh @Steph__Paige that is the type of engagement on twitter that I love to see. Well done Williams in dealing with this.
    15:33 PM Dec 7th from web
  20. Great coffee chat with @SteadyStateRace & @2020lifeline at @Williams_Fresh in #Brantford. FYI Williams should monitor Bill’s Foursquare 😉
    15:34 PM Dec 7th from web
  21. RT @ozsultan: The 5 Best Features of the Xbox 360 Dashboard Update http://t.co/Q1fvGLdC
    15:34 PM Dec 7th from HootSuite
  22. Time for another live podcast with fellow #BRANTS (@ Blue Dog Coffee Roasters) http://t.co/PmiPIsrx
    18:06 PM Dec 7th from foursquare
  23. Business must be booming at @bluedogcoffee to turn away the repeat weekly business of 15 people. This coming from an advocate (no more!).
    21:14 PM Dec 7th from web
  24. @Williams_Fresh happy to assist
    21:15 PM Dec 7th from web
  25. @gdiver62 The sad reality of them not having a clue about Social CRM or even monitoring Twitter. Tweet says it all http://t.co/e85Rhg9O
    21:20 PM Dec 7th from web Continue reading

Pecha Kucha/Ignite: Powerful Presentation Techniques for Enterprise 2.0

The 2009 Toronto Information Overload Awareness Day event was my first exposure to the Pecha Kucha presentation format (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide).

The Pecha Kucha format originated as a fast-paced and time-boxed means for designers to present their creative ideas.    The name originates from the Japanese term for “chit-chat”.  Since its first usage in 2003, the format has spread virally and has spawned Pecha Kucha nights in over 200 cities world wide.

The Pecha Kucha format is very similar to the Ignite presentation format (20 slides, 15 seconds per slide) currently sponsored and hosted by O’Reilly.  Unlike Pecha Kucha, which tends to be geared towards Architects and members of the creative community, the Ignite format is more common amongst the technologist community.

Due to the time-boxed nature of these presentation formats, the information is often presented at a medium to high level with detailed discussions taking place in the form of either a networking session or an expanded session.

Both of these formats in my opinion make for a great addition to the Enterprise 2.0 model for business.  Like Daily Stand-up meetings, this presentation format provides for a very focused distribution of content.  Its time-boxed nature keeps the interest level of the audience at a heightened state for its duration.


My Thoughts Enclosed…Rb

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