SocialSelf.ca

The journey and adventures of engagement.

#FirstWorldProblems

Sometimes you have those days, moments, weeks or months where you feel nothing is going right (I’m actually having an awesome month btw). It’s easy for us to get caught up in the minutia of life and not keep focus of the tremendous privileges we have at our hands everyday. Given that its just past thanks giving and on the heels of one of my most RT’ed tweets ever – I thought this video would speak to those everyday issues that are actually privileges.

 

 

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Keep calm and watch this story

As I wrote about before in a “words that move me” post her is a fantastic little story about the campaign that moved the world. This video illustrates the importance of clean and simple messaging. Check it out and repost!

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Speaking: Getting a good Headstart!

Saturday March 10th I will be speaking at the RGD (Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario) Headstart Conference!

 

And my caption / bio reads: 

How do you get noticed in a competitive industry?!?

Being noticed, standing out, being seen and getting hired by your dream agency… These are the objectives of all graduating students. These days letting your work speak for you isn’t enough. You must speak FOR your work and learn to speak loudly. In this session Andrew Fraser Stewart, Digital Account Manager at Edelman Toronto and author of SocialSelf.ca, talks about creating a personal brand, owning your online presence, building an influential network and using social media to get yourself seen, known, admired and hired!

 

Really looking forward to this one 🙂 See you there designers. For more info: Click Here

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Words that lead me

When I was at The Art Of Marketing last year I heard marketing icon @GuyKawasaki speak these words:

This message resignated with me SO much! Not only is this the approach I take with my work as a marketer, but it’s also the mantra I try to live my life to each day. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do.

You can download this and even more awesome marketing quotes from the ever amazing @HubSpot team in their new ebook: 101 awesome markeing quotes! (Click Here)

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My Favorite Wee Book: Keep Calm And Carry On.

 

 

Pearls of wisdom are hard to come by. This wee book is chuck full of wise tips to guide you through almost any situation.

 

You may have seen the saying “keep calm and carry on” on posters and what not over recent years but not many actually know where it comes from. As you may know, we british types aren’t alwayse the best at consoling people in times of need or giving nurturing and sensitive advice (Stiff upper lip and all that good chap) – In 1939 the British Ministry of Information (sounds like something out of Harry Potter) had over 2 million copies of this poster made in the chance case that Germany invaded. Two other posters were made along with this one: “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution, Will Bring Us Victory” and “Freedom is in Peril” (The latter really demonstrates our insensitivity). It was an early example of propaganda – given positive propaganda – that never saw the light of day. Most of the posters were pulped and only half a dozen were saved.

The categories in this book include: Crisis, The Economy, Economists, Speculation, The Great Crunch, Big Business, Banking, Money, Debt, Risk, Greed, Work, Strength in Adversity, Mistakes and Failures, The Good Life, Happiness, Friendship, Thrift, Coping, Change.

 

Some of my favorite snip bits of wisdom include:

 

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy” – Guillaume Apollinaire

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it’s just possible you haven’t grasped the situation” – Jean Kerr

And my favorite…

“I am an optimist. It doesn’t seem to much use being anything else” – Winston Churchill

 

I often tweet a number of these statements a few times a week and usually they are among my most ReTweeted.

It’s $10 and makes a great coffee table book for a small table.

 

 

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Comment Turned Post Turned Awesome Words To Live By

As you may (or may not) have noticed, I do the occasional “Words to live by” posts. These are tib-bits of info, picturegraphs, talking points and general life lessons I feel are worth sharing. In my last Words to live by I got a comment from the ever lovely Darryl Jonckheere (who himself has an awesome blog). I feel this comment is most definitely worth its own post. So ladies and gentleman without further adieu…

Words to live by #5:

Have a mission. Plan ahead. Question everything. Listen. Collaborate. Assume nothing. Study the past. Keep it simple. Communicate. Draw a diagram. Never sell out. Push harder. Say what you mean. Be open. Roll up your sleeves. Dream. Welcome change. Add value. Aim higher. Foster intuition. Do more with less. Laugh. Innovate. Think sideways. Focus. Mean what you say. Take it to the edge. Relax.

(via Robert L. Peters)

Thanks Darryl!


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Words To Live By #4

This formula really works for most everything. Give it a go!


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Do You Know TED?

Yesterday was TEDxTO. If you don’t know about TED by now, I strongly urge you to YouTube some excellent TED talks, or just have a poke around my blog for some of the videos I have shared.

To say that yesterdays TED was inspiring would be an understatement. Never have I been in such a warm, smart, compassionate and stimulating setting. The day began early with one of the most beautiful poets I have ever had the privilege of listening to, Boonaa Mohammed. His word song was relevant, funny and provocative. All the things I need early in the morning, and much more awakening than any coffee. Following Boonaa was a man named Drew Dudley, he was one of my favorite speakers of the day. Drew talked about how everyone has the opportunity to change someones life every day without even knowing it just by doing the right thing and having a genuine spirit. His talk touched me because I have had many (Many) of these moments in my life.

Some of the other notable speakers that really made me think were: Dr. Catherine Zahn from CAMH who talked about the importance of compassion to those inflicted with mental illness, and Trey Anthony the creator of “The kink in my hair”.  Another speaker that brought an “Ah Ha Moment” to me was Neil Pasricha, author of “The Book of Awesome”. Interestingly enough Trey and Neil were the only two to get a standing ovation.  DR. Zahn was the #3 trending topic on Twitter Canada.

The atmosphere at TED was so hot you could have fried and egg. Everyone who attended had a story of how they were trying to do things differently to make a positive impact. There was no pretension between doctors and tradesmen, professors and students or front line workers and CEO’s. Everyone was talking to everyone else, sharing their stories, and trading ideas.

Here are a few pictures I took. I was blessed to sit in the front row with such awesome people as Casie Stewart, Distility CEO (The Boss man) Axle Davids, and Dave Coleman.

FYI: A band called Broadway Sleep performed and were AWESEOME! Please check them out.

BTW: A BIG thank you goes out the organizers of TEDxTO for putting on such a great event!

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Words to live by #3

“We never know what will happen but I believe good things happen every day. I believe good things happen even when bad things happen. And I believe on a happy day like today, we can still feel a little sad. And that’s life, isn’t it?” – The book elsewhere

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Words to live by #2

Everyone just wants to be heard.

Did you see me?

Did you hear me?

Did what I say mean anything to you?

Side thought: Is this why social media is so successful, because it allows your voice to be as equal as anyone else with no shouting required?

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Andrew Fraser Stewart

A digital story teller and his dog

Social Media Marketing Beast Looking for Engagement & Conversation. Community Builder, Digital PR Pro & Networking Ninja! Lover of big brands who do it right and small brands that do it better. Cooker, influencer, lover, coffee expert, pug enthusiast. Follow my adventures while we create some awesome content together.

Contact Info:

eMail: AndrewFraserStewart@gmail.com
Twitter: @AndrewFstewart

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