This may have something to do with why I love Chicago so much. iPhone photos of two architectural icons (330 N Wabash & Trump Tower) while waiting along the river for a meeting. It was a stunningly beautiful day today and as luck would have it, I was called to a last minute meeting downtown. It's days like today that make me wish I worked down there - you could meet your friends for a long lunch and enjoy the Chicago skyline.
Anyhoo, meeting was good, but the side conversation really has me thinking. I was meeting with two people who are probably 10-15 years older than me and our conversation swayed to social media. This seems to be a reoccurring theme to conversations these days. What is the purpose of social media? How does it fit into our personal and professional lives? How do you use it effectively for business? All interesting questions and I don't think anyone really knows the answers. Even Google missed the boat on social media! And given that, how are we small business people to know how to really use it? I find these conversations interesting, not only because they are relevant to business today, but how the conversations are different among the age groups. Anyone in their early 30's or under is up to their eyeballs in tweets, facebook and etc. They are fully emersed in the social game and, in my opinion, find it hard to associate with those who are not. I find that anyone over 40 just doesn't want to be bothered with it and still finds value in meeting face-to-face and having a real conversation over the telephone. Then there's the 35-40 year olds (my group, the Gen X'ers), we are stuck between those who get it and those who don't and it's a most interesting position to find myself in... I sort of feel like we will be the bridge that holds it all together... hmmm.
Upon returning to work, I saw a tweet about Bradley Cooper promoting the Hangover II in French. As in he is FLUENT in French. I about melted into a puddle right there in my desk chair. I've been on the BC fence - not sure if he would be on my celebrity crush list or not - well let me tell you, this just put him at the top of that damn list. Bonjour monsieur Cooper!!