Decisions, decisions …
I’ve decided my goal is to effect even more change. Can you help?
Best Friends’ blog readers will remember Chris Strub, who visited 50 states and did 50 service projects in 100 days and included Dickinson and our mentoring program in his stops back in July. He’s completed his 100 days and sent this update:
Hi guys! Sorry about the delay in touching base again — the “slog” of a job search takes quite a bit out of a guy. (However, it’s still much easier physically than driving 200 miles a day for 13 weeks!).
Chris Strub’s July travel and volunteer schedule!
One thing that I had very little opportunity to do while traveling was sit down and think about what happens next. Thankfully, having now had that time, I know exactly what I want to do:
I want to help introduce a national organization, and its chapters, to new audiences through social media.
The single biggest lesson that I learned this summer is that EVERY organization has an amazing story to tell — whether they recognize it or not. Some do a better job telling their story than others, and that’s where I know that I can help.
For a guy who loves storytelling, the idea of working for an organization with locations nationwide is a dream job, because you’ll literally never run out of content to share. The inherit similarities between chapters from state to state, or time zone to time zone, provide potential for magical, world-changing stories that people love to consume.
New mediums like Periscope, SnapChat and Meerkat leverage video to allow us to tell stories in ways previous generations could’ve never imagined. (We will, of course, not abandon the “old” Twitters and Facebooks of the world, but work to build seamless, cross-platform messaging.) And with a collaborative, strategic approach, we will deliver, with a unified voice, impactful anecdotes from chapters big and small.
Many of you saw first-hand the power of these new platforms from my personal channels; imagine the gravitas and impact we can have with a carefully thought-out strategy, plus the built-in influence of a national organization. (And imagine how much more efficient my efforts will be when I’m not sleeping in my car every other night :-D).
I put in a colossal amount of effort this summer to make this trip a reality, and to inspire volunteerism on my own.
It was fun, but now it’s time to think bigger. I want to bring that passion, that energy, than enthusiasm to a national office. I want to deliver results. I want to help you move the needle. I’m rested (finally), relaxed and ready.
So — how can YOU help me get there? If you thought my visit was valuable, you can write me a LinkedIn recommendation. If you work for a national organization, you can help me get this message in front of decision-makers. And, please, you can always keep in touch — I love texting and keeping up with how things are going at your organization. My cell is (516) 818-3040.
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I know this email is a bit long, so I’ll be quick with the other news: I wanted to sincerely thank Bill Michener (Lincoln, Neb.), Robin McHaelen (Hartford, Conn.), Louis Kines (Charleston, S.C.), Wes Davis (Wilmington, Del.) and Charlene Blackstone (Las Vegas) for participating in last week’s five-part series of Blab discussions. If you’d like to check out the replays — each one lasts about 45 min.; Bill’s was a bit shorter — just click on the person’s name. (Note: I don’t have any additional Blabs scheduled right now, but if YOU are interested in doing one with me, let me know and we’ll make it happen!)
If you don’t already ‘like’ my Facebook page, please do — you can revisit photos and videos from all 50 states. Looking for content ideas? Feel free to re-share the content from my visit — you can mention that the trip was successfully completed! It’s also likely I have additional photos from my time at your organization — if you email me, I can look and see if I have any additional stuff you can use.