Howdy Pardners! Only 8 weeks (whoops! make that 7) left until we ride ’em cowboy in Houston! Did you notice that I am just a little bit excited about NAFSA 2012? That’s because this is my first-ever NAFSA annual conference and I’ve heard it’s awesome. Hope you will be there. If not, contact me and I’ll figure out a way for you to tweet live during my presentation on June 1st. Also, I’ll make sure that you get every opportunity to participate real-time right from the convenience of your own dude ranch. I will be pinning things at Pinterest, tweeting and blogging all week. Don’t miss out!
Not only am I excited about attending NAFSA 2012 but I am ecstatic about co-presenting a technology session with Louise Baldwin from University of Michigan Ann Arbor and Kristalina Karsen from Houston Community College. NAFSA staff gave me this really nifty icon to use! NAFSA 2012 presentation.
This blogging thing is hard work, and last week I missed my deadline to send you a technology tip. (okay, maybe i was watching a few too many youtube videos.) So, this week, I am going to make it up to you by giving you double the bang for your buck!
The following technology tips are mustees for those who would like to get your professional life in order! What does it mean for something to be mustee? Well, my Grandpa Almos used to tell me that my Grandma Rubye’s rhubarb pie was mustee. When I asked him what that meant, he said: “i must eat all of it”. After he passed away in 1991, sometimes I wondered to myself “was he saying must-eat or musty?” I am pretty sure he was saying mustee. In my professional life, something is mustee if I must learn everything I can about it. I mustee Productivity and Social Media.
Technology Tip 8: Be Productive – use the appropriate combination of common sense and technology
Technology Tip 7: Get Social – build your social media empire
Technology tips 7 and 8 have been covered extensively by some folks who have been riding in the technology rodeo a lot longer than me. So, instead of recreating the wheel, I am providing you links to to some awesome resources from two of my favorite productivity and social media experts. Whether or not you are in higher education, you are going to love Ed Cabellon and Scott Hanselman. And, you will soon find yourself, like me, wishing you knew about them a long time ago.
His blog is where higher education, emerging technology and social media come together! If you are using social media, then, you are going to be ecstatic to find the golden nuggets in Ed Cabellon’s blogs about social media. Start with A Student Affairs Social Media Plan. If you are not using social media, then, Ed Cabellon’s blog will be the best thing that has happened to you since you received your last salary increase! Either way, Ed is offering up pure gold for you and your career.
It’s not what you read, it’s what you ignore is Scott’s brilliant presentation regarding productivity. If you do not want to listen to Scott’s witty banter with conference attendees in New Zealand, simply fast forward through first couple of minutes. He is the perfect combination of intellectual, comedian, computer programmer and productivity expert! He has one of the best presentations I have seen regarding productivity. It is practical and easy to implement. I have implemented five of his tips, and my life is 200% less stressful.
I hope, if you haven’t already discovered these two, that you will be able to enjoy learning from them as much as I have. Their tips, ideas and advice can significantly improve your professional and personal life. Now back to you pardners! What is on your “mustee” list? Please share. Also, what do you think about Ed Cabellon and Steve Hanselman? Are they awesome or what?!
How do you like me as a tiger above? ISSS colleague Kara Johnson took this photo and our colleague Emma Swift painted me up as a tiger on our way home to Champaign, Illinois from a NAFSA Region V conference in Milwaukee. See why I love working in international education field and NAFSA conferences?