That’s what my friend and fellow PR practitioner Joel Curran said to me last week when I was in Chicago. What an interesting compliment.
I never really thought about it before. But I do like getting like-minded people together. Not in the “Yenta the Matchmaker” way, but more of “I think you’d enjoy getting to know this person” sort of way.
I was on my #midwestswing trip to Minneapolis, Chicago and Indianapolis. One of the best parts of social media is meeting in-person the folks you’ve been chatting with online. I finally had that chance with Arik Hanson. He and I had tried on a previous visit to connect but it didn’t work out. This trip we spent some time together drinking coffee, talking about social media and what it has brought to our business and personal lives. So great to have connected with him.
Then on to Chicago where I spent time with my aunt, uncle and cousins and my dear friend Gini Dietrich and her husband Kelly. And the added bonus of getting to see Lisa Gerber, now that she’s in Chicago, and Dana Hughens from Raleigh who decided to make a visit as well. I also got to meet Crister DelaCruz, part of the Arment Dietrich team and until then was someone I only knew through Twitter. And no Chicago trip would be complete without spending some time with Patti Knight, talking about dogs and cats.
Knowing there were others I wanted to see while in the windy city, a happy hour was planned. How great to see old friends like Bob Reed and Joel. Stephanie Krol was able to swing by. And there were also a couple Twitter-only friends visiting Chicago that are now IRL connections – Deb Evans and AK Stout.
The final leg of the trip brought me to Indianapolis where real-life, before Facebook/Twitter friends Melanie and Gil Green live with their two adorable children. The weekend was jam-packed what with playing with dolls, fixing our hair, baking cakes, making s’mores and watching a little football. Nancy Myrland – I thought of you often as we drove by El Rodeo a few times during the weekend. Wish we could have connected as well.
I’m grateful for all these connections and if I can help bring others together, even better.
So thank you Joel, I will take that as a compliment.
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Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see.
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