LinkedIn Live Raleigh 2009 – A RACING SUCCESS!

The LinkedIn Live Summer Edition Lotus!Chuck and Stephanie with the

The LinkedIn Live Summer Edition Lotus!

LinkedIn Live Raleigh Summer Edition was held this past Tuesday, July 14 at the RBC Center in Raleigh.  To say it was our best LinkedIn Live ever could possibly be a phenomenal understatement.

Everything about LinkedIn Live that Steph and I and our friends have worked to put together over the past two years was evident that night.

Compuware, our title sponsor, secured the Arena Club at the RBC Center (where the Carolina Hurricanes play hockey!) and as a result we blew open registration, allowing more than 400 people to attend.

Pay it Forward was all around too, with over $3000 in door prizes – including two round trip tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies and a luxury beachfront condo vacation for three days and two nights in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Our sponsors – iContact, Select Group, Yellow Wood Group, Extrensic and Hosted Solutions were more than generous and Noah Broswell provided the race car you see above, complete with special LinkedIn Live signage!

Our local NBC affiliate – NBC17 was on hand to cover the event – something I have not done since the first LI Live in 2007.  I believe these events are not about me and what I do, but rather our way of giving back to the community and paying it forward.  Therefore, I have stayed away from outside publicity – a rare occasion for me as a PR guy.

Which brings me to a point I want to make here.  My book talks about “putting the social back in social media” and “treating your connections like they’re standing right in front of you.”  LinkedIn Live is my way of walking the walk, not just talking the talk.

LinkedIn Live Raleigh, for many of us, is about connecting with people we have met online – through LinkedIn or Twitter or Facebook and finding ways to connect in person and help one another.

It is about community.  Being part of it, nuturing it, and helping others grow within it.

I am very proud – not of my accomplishments – but of the extraordinary people who have surrounded me at LinkedIn Live.

I often joke about LinkedIn Live being me, Stephanie and 300 of our closest friends.  In a way that’s really true.

Thanks to all our sponsors and door prize donors, and especially to all of those who have participated.  It’s been quite a ride, I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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2 Responses to “LinkedIn Live Raleigh 2009 – A RACING SUCCESS!”

  1. What a blast! A good time was had by all. Proud to sponsor an event that supports the crazy notion that “social” really does mean SOCIAL.

  2. […] marketing company, iContact. He is a ROCKSTAR on LinkedIn and facilitates an awesome meetup called LinkedIn Live! He provides great content, great commentary, and great […]

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