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Last month I was part of a panel discussion for a Social Media Club Chicago event alongside Leslie Banks and Drew Metherd from Morningstar, Inc. The topic of the event was centered around how companies in the financial space are using social media — some of the challenges we face specifically in this industry. In [...]


My new gig

by Shannon Paul on April 10, 2009

There have been a lot of exciting things going on for me behind the scenes, but I’m glad to say I can finally share what’s been going on for me with you. This week I started a new job as a Social Media Specialist for PEAK6 Online. For those of you who don’t know, PEAK6 [...]


The following is a guest post by Michael Gray. He helps companies with social media and blog projects. Michael has 10 years experience in web development and internet marketing projects, and speaks at numerous industry events and conferences throughout the year. You can read his unconventional blog at or visit his new website [...]


Where the fun's at

by Shannon Paul on March 11, 2009

True, I stole the title of this post from Jeremy Tanner, but I don’t think he’ll mind too much since we’re speaking on a panel together this weekend at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas along with Steve Swedler and Todd Huffman. How Social Networks are Killing the Revolution I know, there’s a lot [...]


Ghostwriting has been a common practice in PR since its inception, but it has no place in a blog. I started thinking about this a lot recently after reading Beth Harte’s post on the subject and a subsequent conversation on Twitter with Dave Fleet. Ghostwriting — letters, announcements, speeches, memoirs, presentations became a way of [...]


Social Media Q&A with the NHL's Michael DiLorenzo

by Shannon Paul on February 25, 2009

The following is an interview with Michael DiLorenzo, the Director of Corporate Communications with the NHL (National Hockey League), about what he has learned thus far through social media engagement and what he plans to do with what he’s learned. I know he’s really eager to gather some feedback, so please let him (and me) [...]


Personal Brilliance Podcast

by Shannon Paul on February 9, 2009

Jim Canterucci decided to dedicate the entire month of February to me over on his site with a four-part Personal Brilliance podcast! Jim dedicates each of the four segments (two are already available for download on his site) to four catalysts to personal brilliance: 1. Awareness 2. Curiosity 3. Focus 4. Initiative He asked me [...]


5 Questions with… Me

by Shannon Paul on February 2, 2009

Today the post isn’t here, it’s over on Craig Sutton’s blog. As part of an interview series with people involved in social media, he asked me 5 questions over on his blog. If you’re interested, check it out. And, while you’re there, check out some of the other interviews with Ann Handley, Amber Naslund and [...]


Preparing for the beauty of pleasant surprises

by Shannon Paul on January 19, 2009

Today is a day of reflection for a number of good reasons including the memorial celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the day before Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. This morning I’ve seen a lot of links of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous I have a dream… speech, which deserves celebration, being passed [...]


Transcending best practices

by Shannon Paul on January 8, 2009

Best practices are great when they provide guidelines — but they generally make terrible laws. Theory can only take us so far in the real world and sometimes upping our game means trusting our instincts to get things done. To illustrate my point, I chose to share a video clip with you here after a [...]


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