Monday, March 26, 2007

Learning Annex Real Estate and Wealth Expo

For those who didn't go to the Learning Annex Real Estate and Wealth Expo you really missed out. I got the opportunity to go on Sunday and I learned a lot about "The Secret" and Wealth. The mistake I think people make is that it is a Real Estate show.

The keynote by Sir Richard Branson was very inspiring, keeping a thick skin to criticism but thin enough that you are listening to the customers, finding something broken and fixing it,
and helping make Gaia happy. His trip with his son across the Arctic is to promote awareness of Global Warming warmed my heart.

If I had to pick the best seminar I went to it was by Loral Langemeier. She focused on us and used an example of someone in the audience to show that its possible for anyone.

Another interesting seminars was by Bill Bartmann, his choice to make it a Q & A Session and to mention his work with teens in Toronto and the upcoming Rogers Centre teen event was also very inspiring. Bill Bartmann is an amazing sprit. Even spending roughly an hour with him in the seminar gave my spirit a glow for the rest of the day and I am still glowing.

My only disappointment was the seminar by Raymond Aaron. He started off really good but half way through he turn into more of a used car salesman in his approach. Its a shame because he has a lot of good things to say he just needs some help on delivery. If Raymond is reading my blog, I would love to see you connect with Loral as a mentor on your presentation skills as I was inspired by your content it just needs a good vehicle. I think that applying Loral's vehicle to your presentation would bring it over the top.

I will definitely be attending next year its well worth it to get the pass.

If you would like to contact me about my experience at the Expo or have any tips, tricks links etc to add to my portal blog I would love to hear from you. Email me at:

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Musicians and Social Networking

It seems musicians are getting back to grassroots approaches to reach fans and sell records.
In the early days of music, artists sold their own wares, reached out to audiences to sell to and perform to. Through social networking software like YouTube, BlogTv, blogs, wikis, or simply leaving USB Keys in Washrooms, bands are reaching out to share their music and its paying off.

The Arcade Fire album Neon Bible, leaked out on the internet early and fans got a taste of the album. They also provided a 1-888-neon-bible number on their website so fans could listen to tracks on their phone that is why it was a number one album in Canada upon release, people knew what they were buying.

The internet is the new community and Musicians that make the transition are doing quite well.
Check out the Nine Inch Nails wiki

Here is hoping more musicians will come on board and do the same.

For any bands interested in performing live via webcam or doing interactive sessions please contact You can peform online wherever you are for free, they even have a studio set up and a web cam so you could even perform on site and broadcast.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Jonathan Abrams is bringing us Socializr

I have to tip my hat to a fellow Torontonian that is making it in the Social Networking realm. Jonathan Abrams was one of the founders of Friendster, now he is bringing us a new Social Networking tool that will help us plan events.

You can check out the full story at:

I have only just started using it but you can check out my profile so far at:

I look forward to seeing this become a success and look forward to people connecting with me on it.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Social Media and Telvision

Finally they are starting to merge these two medias properly.

You have seen the ad campaigns they are everywhere.

"If I wanted to become more literate I would watch a book"
"I watch slice but don't tell anyone, this isn't going to be in an ad is it?"

This website is awesome, I am addicted to it already, be sure to check out the
latest gossip, have a little fun playing games and doing quizzes, you can even check out some advice but my favorite are the videos.

Here is my favorite clip so far: Three Takes hosts and their vices

I guess you could say my vice is slice.

Jeff Pontes Social Media Search