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I am racking up the sky miles again this week with my very last international trip of 2011: A quick little stop in Dubai, to speak at the Total Marketing Brand Summit. No worries, only three quick days of work, and I fly right back.

And yes, 13+ hour intercontinental flights rock my world.

On the flip side, I love working at 35,000 feet, so this will help me get caught up on my editing and writing.

I’ll try to tweet and say hello from the Middle East, but just in case I run into some wi-fi or broadband issues there, see you guys when I get back.

Cheers.

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Speaking at LikeMinds

Speaking at the #LikeMinds conference in Exeter, Devon, UK

Hang tight, kids. I’m trying to figure out what topic to open up with after my epic 10-day trip through the UK and France. I have hundreds of pages of notes bouncing around in my head and topics flying out of my… moleskine (what did you think I was going to say?) so it may take me a few hours yet to figure out where to start. And that isn’t even factoring in the pictures and videos I need to upload and edit. I am still in email management mode, and it may take a few days to sort it all out. 75 emails per day x 10 days… Yeah. I need interns.

Several things are certain though: Things are going to change around here.

First of all, expect less musings and more practical advice. The last thing the world needs is more abstract dreameries about brand management, new marketing, business 2.0, social media and the types of topics covered in this and other blogs of its kind. There’s plenty of that on the internets already and the last thing I want to do is add to an already overabundant pool of personal opinions.

Second, now that I have spent the better part of my stay in Exeter and London with some of the brightest minds in  business, brand management 2.0 and the Social Web (from Sky News, Edelman, Nielsen, the BBC, WC Group, 4 Walls and a Ceiling,  WorldEka, Limenoodle,  Red Cube, iLevel, tweetmeme, FreshNetworks, Sinuate, Optix Solutions, and Aaron+Gould, to name but a few on a list as long as it is brilliant) I have a much clearer understanding of the level of dicussion businesses need when it comes to preparing themselves for the next decade, particularly in the US, where the army of social media “guru” we’ve been lamenting about has been reaping a harvest of shameless crap on the backs of their unsuspecting clients.  For shame. Seriously. For shame. I hope there’s a special circle of hell for you if you fall into that category of a person.

In short, you, my readers, and companies wanting to improve their situation and their customers’ lives in the process all deserve better, and we’ve wasted enough time bleeding philosophy about market leadership, what social media XYZ is or isn’t or the value of effective measurement. We’re going to get down to brass tacks and talk about things that will make a real difference in your business.

Third, well… Hold on to you socks. We’re about to see how fast this V12 can really go. I have some pretty exciting announcements to make over the coming weeks.

Back in a bit with more. In the meantime, if you haven’t already done so, you need to go check out all of the incredible content from the #LikeMinds Conference I attended in Exeter, England, including some solid videos and photos of several of the presentations.

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I am going to be in Europe for the next week or so.

Don’t worry, I will most likely be blogging from France and the UK. (We’re all good.) That said, my ability to approve comments may be limited, so don’t get stressed out if your comments remain in approval limbo for up to a day or two. Likewise, my access to email, Skype and Twitter will most likely be spotty, so don’t stress out if an email , IM or DM goes unanswered for a bit.

Oh, and in case you want to stalk me, here’s where I’ll be:

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Dates and places:

October 15 London and Exeter (UK)

October 16 and 17 Exeter (UK)

October 18, 19, 20, 21 Nice, Cannes, Toulon (F)

October 22, 23, 24 London (UK)

So if you’re in London, Exeter or anywhere near Cannes while I am there, let me know.

I’ll throw more details at you once I’m in the old country.

Happy travels to all. 😉

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Just got back from Microsoft’s WPC in Houston, and I have one word to share with you (and one you might not normally associate with Microsoft): Inspiring.

Go ahead and buy into the whole Mac vs. PC propaganda if you must, but when you get to rub elbows with thousands of the world’s smartest, most engaged, most sophisticated IT professionals – some of whom are quite literally working to change the world using Microsoft based tools – and see how incredible the Microsoft partner community actually is, it completely changes the level of the Mac vs. PC conversation.

And I mean completely.

Not to mention the depth and breadth of products being developed, released, upgraded and optimized at lightning speed. Baffling.

No, I am not drinking any funny koolaid. If you are a long time reader of this blog, you know I’m not the type.

And just in case you were wondering, when I looked across the ocean of PC folks from around the world who were in Houston for the event this week, I didn’t see anyone who looked one bit like the PC guy in the Apple commercials. Not even close. As a matter of fact, most looked a hell of a lot trendier than the ads’ little coffee-shop dwelling Apple dude.

Nothing against Mac people (I dig Mac’s approach to design and completely understand the appeal) but in the real world, being a PC means you can actually change the world, not just entertain it – which is why I made the switch almost a decade ago.

And hate mail from Mac users can start flowing… now.  ;D

More posts about my experiences in Houston coming soon.

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Where am I going to be today, Tuesday and Wednesday? Houston, TX, that’s where!

(With about a gazillion other “PC” peeps, courtesy of Microsoft.)

Yep, it’s World-Wide Partner Conference time again (WWPC).

But first, I have to tackle a drive to Charlotte, NC, a shuttle ride from long term parking, get through check-in and security, a flight, a cab ride, and a hotel check-in. What could possibly go wrong? I can’t wait to find out.

🙂

Follow my updates here, on the Microsoft Sherpa Blog, and on twitter.

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