This past Saturday, I attended my first CIPA meeting. I was expecting the usual “dry donut – boring content meeting and WOW was I ever surprised, pleased, and over the top happy I spent 4 hours of my Saturday with CIPA.
For all following my blog journey on becoming a first time author (notice I don’t say Writer anymore), and for those of you who are currently writing/authoring, joining this group is worth your time and your money.
8:00 a.m. +
South Denver drive time +
equals an early wake-up, get out of bed and go type of Saturday morning. Usually, I’m an early bird (evidenced by this 5 am writing time), but I had just returned late Friday evening from Mexico, so an early Saturday morning wasn’t on the agenda.
Our speaker, Orvel Ray Wilson, of Guerrilla Marketing (www.guerrillagroup.com) fame gave a great, informative talk on the power of social media. In spite of my 30 years of successful marketing background, this new-fangled social media is a learning curve for me. Orvel gave a high-energy, funny, intelligent presentation which was followed up with the kind of question and answer/comment session which leads to lots of note taking. Slowly, social media is becoming a beast I think I can tame.
The group then broke up into 6 different roundtable groups each covering a specialized aspect of social media marketing.
Networking with the CIPA member and guests rounded out a perfect Saturday morning! Thanks to all for making this first time author feel so welcome.
I also was lucky enough to sit next to Ellen Sears. Ellen is the kind of lady who only comes around in life a few times. She is an accomplished lady “of a certain age” who has walked the walk, can talk the talk, and her energy, expertise, and experience are awe-inspiring, to say the very least. Her warm, sparkling eyes, her easy smile, and her intelligence are only the beginning of her list of attributes.
Now, how can I have had all of this packed into Saturday morning. It’s always better to be lucky than smart. I was at the right place at the right time.
And so life goes…on and on.