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[Podcast] This Week in Lotus 018: A World Without Email? Or Blackberries?

As things are starting to settle back in, after a couple of hiccups with WordPress plugins here and there, following the hardware upgrade debacle of my hosting provider over the course of the weekend (Thank goodness everything turned out all right eventually!), here we go, once again, getting immersed on that regular blogging schedule. And today I thought I would let you folks know about a couple of interesting podcasting episodes that I have listened to or that I have participated in, that you may want to tune into as well. Because you do still listen to podcasts every now and then, right? Yes, that’s what I thought. Me, too! They still play an important role in my day to day knowledge sharing and collaborative activities, whether discussions in real time prime above all, while watching them live, or participating as one of the guests in the various conversations.

So last week Friday, my good friend Stu McIntyre and his partner in crime, Darren Duke, kindly invited a couple of folks, and good friends as well, Bilal Jaffery and Jon Mell from the Dachis Group / Headshift, along with yours truly, to participate in their weekly podcasting show “This Week in Lotus” where we spent a bit over one hour talking about a whole bunch of various different topics, including some of my favourites 😉 hehe

Yes, that’s right, last Friday, Stu, Darren, Bilal, Jon and myself had a blast recording “This Week in Lotus 018 – A world without email? Or Blackberries?” [Link to the podcasting episode], where we talked, amongst several other things, about the recent product launch of IBM’s Northstar as well as IBM Customer Experience Suite, that I have talked about over here, a little bit about “a bad week for the opposition and, of course, my favourite topic as of late, living “A World Without Email“.

Like I mentioned above, the episode lasts for a bit over one hour and towards the end of the podcasting episode we had a chance to talk about the experience of giving up corporate email and, instead, rely, plenty more, on social software tools to collaborate, share your knowledge across. In short, to get the job done. Now, this particular conversation with those folks was slightly different than the one I recently participated in at TWiT net@night, since I eventually continue to build further up and add more insights on the overall experience that I may not have shared elsewhere before. More than anything else with the purpose of helping those folks out there, who may be interested, to find out some more the various reasons why I started, how I do it and what’s meant for me, and the teams and communities I hang out with, so that perhaps you may also have a good chance to give it a try for yourselves.

I am not going to expand much further on the topic, since you can go and have a look into the accompanying blog post that was put together [Link here], and check the extensive show notes that have been provided where you can get a good glimpse of what we talked about, as well as checking out plenty of the links that we mentioned during our conversations. If you go there, you will also find a brief section of Tips where each of us pointed folks into some interesting hints and tips, tools, blog posts, applications, etc. etc. Worth while a read, if you are an avid iPad user as well! 🙂

I am sure you would have a good time listening to it, just as much as we did recording the session altogether; I think you would enjoy it as well if you are also an IBM Lotus user or are interested in IBM’s Lotus products, because we also talked about them a little bit. And, while talking about this very same subject, if you didn’t have enough, or if you would want to find out, plenty more, what it is like hacking stuff together with IBM’s Lotus Connections social tools suite or how IBM is helping accelerate the adoption rate of social software, both inside and outside of the company, I would strongly encourage you all to have a look and listen to the latest podcasting episode from the fine “The Taking Notes Podcast“.

Because in “Taking Notes Episode 121: 2010.09.17 – Evangelizing Lotus Connections“, and over the course of 37 minutes, you will be able to listen to co-hosts Bruce Elgort and Julian Robichaux, interview two of my favourite IBM people, and really good friends, Sacha Chua and Luis Benitez (Yes, my twin brother!), talking away for a large chunk of time on some of the really cool, and pretty neat, things they are both involved with hacking together Lotus Connections as well as their great work as social software and Enterprise 2.0 evangelists. You can grab the episode itself from the following link and start playing it right away…

Lots of golden nuggets in there, including a lovely discussion on how microblogging helps drive business value within organisations. You gotta listen to that story to realise the true power of enterprise microblogging behind the firewall. Flattening the organisation in a matter of minutes would be rather an understatement, to say the least! But quickly go through the show notes as well and hit play to start listening to it. I am sure you will enjoy it, even more of you are a techie yourself hehe

Ok, that was it! From here onwards, I just want to take this opportunity to share a special thanks! with both Stu and Darren for inviting Bilal, Jon and myself to such an entertaining and enlightening podcasting show as This Week In Lotus. Oh, remember as well that, every week, there is a new episode to listen to! So take the dust away from your favourite .mp3 player and go ahead, subscribe to the podcast. There will always be something new to listen to… and learn, I can guarantee you that!, which is just wonderful. That’s the whole purpose behind podcasting altogether, don’t you think?

Well done, guys!

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  1. Thanks for this post, Luis. As ever, it was a real pleasure and a massive honour to have a chance to discuss things with you – particularly when we get to record the conversation and to share it with so many others!

    Thanks again for taking part and for guiding your many readers toward the show.

    1. Hi Stu! Thanks much for dropping by and for the kind comments! Boy, I had a great time and I am sure that both Bilal and Jon did, too! It was great talking to you guys and keep these conversations going and always nice to bounce on and off some of those thoughts! Excellent stuff!

      Oh, by the way, took your advice and downloaded one of the two tips you shared and *love* it! Thanks much for that one! 😀 hehe

      Hope to see you soon at Lotusphere 2011!

    1. Hi Darren! ROFL!! No, thanks! Like I mentioned on another blog post fame comes and goes; it’s a temporary thing, just like it came, it will go away, so I am hoping that very little of me has changed as a result of the recent “15 minutes of fame” (Ok, ok, maybe a week… Grrr), and if I have I would give you permission to slap me left and right next year in Orlando when we play mini-golf again after Lotusphere 2011. Then drinks will be on me! 😀 haha

      Naaahhh, seriously, thanks a bunch, Darren, for inviting Bilal, Jon and myself to be part of the show. It’s greatly appreciated and a great pleasure talking to you guys. As always! Look forward to #ls11 already!!

  2. Yay! Glad I made it into your Fave list 😀 . You’ve been my inspiration and my guide and it was you who got me to see the light as to how social software behind the firewall makes sense to me and how it can make me productive!

    Thanks for spreading the word on the Taking Notes podcast and please, oh please, keep doing what you do. I would definitely not be where I am if it wasn’t for you.

    1. Hi “tocayo”! Awwww, that’s very very kind of you, my friend! Many thanks for those warm comments and for sharing them along! The pleasure is all mine, my friend! I can only say that the sentiment is mutual; without your work as a social software evangelist hacking some of the coolest goodies out there on the Enterprise 2.0 space and your willingness to share them across I am sure things would have been a whole lot slower than what they are now!

      I may have served as the initial inspiration, but that is now mutual, I am afraid! Keep being who you are and please, please, please, don’t change, ok? 😉

      Really looking forward to Lotusphere 2011, where the “twin” brothers would be getting together again for a drink or two and that other lovely dinner! 😀

      Thanks much, my friend! A great pleasure working with you and congrats on the podcasting episode! I enjoyed it!

  3. Both the Luis are an inspiration along with Stuart Dareen and the team!

    It was a pleasure to be on the call and I plan to post a last reminder on my blog as well.

    Luis — ever since the conversation, I’ve been looking at the ipad very closely. DAMN.

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