Monday, June 29, 2009
Checking my email upon our return, imagine my surprise to find out I had won no fewer than 4 lotteries: Netherlands, UK (of course - I just got back), Swiss and Lottomatica (who comes up with these names)! Zounds - I must be rich!
Not only am I now rich, but famous, too, as I have been nominated for the Who's Who in the Heritage Who's Who, the Presidential Who's Who, and the Starthnmore Who's Who.
Wow, if I wasn't impressed with me before.....I am tingly all over.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
http://www.nextgov.com/ , part of the Government Executive Media Group (which is part of Atlantic Media Co.), has put together an aggregated feed government agencies Tweets, so you can see dozens of agencies tweets at the same time on one page. I already follow a couple of these agencies separately, so the "feed" is a great way to catch a quick glimpse of many agencies with one click. The link is
take a look.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
So I get an email today from
Federal Buyers Guide
Subject: Amtower and Co. listing update - DoD Buyers Guide
SUPPLIERS LISTING APPLICATION Complete & Return By Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Fields in red are required.
for the appently low price of
The cost of a listing is $595 for 6 months and $995 for one year.
Then there is a long form to fill out, giving them more information about you than you give to your spouse. The information they have on me (name, address, email etc is largely WRONG).
Alright. It's an offer. But it does NOT tell me who the directory is going to, how many will go out, when it will go out, or how it is to be delivered.
They also offer a GSA Buyers Guide, Federal Government, Homeland Security, State & County and more.
This is not the first time I have seen this and I am sure it will not be the last. I have not and would not recommend this as a method of advertising to the government - Federal, state of local.
According to web survey tool http://www.alexa.com/, the web site associated with this directory - http://www.dodworld.com/, is ranked 2,837,858 in web traffic.
My advice is save your money.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Apart from being a prolific writer (over 55 books and counting) and the co-author of one of the best selling business book of all times (The One Minute Manager, which is still in print almost 27 years) Ken is truly a nice man and a class act. He is everything you'd hope he would be, and more.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
and this major warning from The Center for Public Integrity:
A few tips for selecting venues requiring your time and your money:
1) pedigree - has the event producer "been there, done that." Many have beendoing this a long time (Federal Business Council,, Digital Government Institute, 1105 Government Media, government Exec, AFCEA, etc) - and some have not. See my posts from Feb 2009 on Why People Are Leery of Events.
2) how many times has this particular event occurred (annual sinc 1990?, 2001? annual since last week?)
3) will the event producer list the sponsors and exhibitors from previous years?
I have seen events where the event producer will list key government people as speakers, yet when I call the govies, they have no idea who the producer or event is.