The Nanny Nine: Christopher Hopkins, The Makeover Guy

 

 

Christopher Hopkins - the makeover guy

Christopher Hopkins has the kind of personality that instantly makes you feel better just from his smile and laughter.  He is an energetic, upbeat guy, with a great sense of humor!  At the same time he’s also very honest with his clients.  It’s part of what makes him so popular as The Makeover Guy.  His mission is to help people realize their ultimate image…thru hair, makeup and wardrobe.  He does this thru his book Staging Your Comeback, television and events, and hands-on at ReVamp! salonspa in Minneapolis, where Christopher is Founder and Co-Owner.

While this isn’t the career Christopher envisioned for himself, [Read more…]

The Nanny Nine: Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki

Remember in the last Nanny Nine, how I said it was often interesting how I met people.  This is another one of those examples.  It was April 15 2013, the day of the tragic Boston Marathon bombing.  Tension was high and rampant on the Social Media sites, especially Facebook and Twitter.  Along with that were the range of opinions by Social Media Specialists, on if/when/how often a Brand should be posting anything.  I have my own opinions on this, and most of the time I chose to remain silent in the back-and-forth commentary about it.  But that night was different. It felt like there was a higher than normal number of posts and comments about Brands ‘Social Media etiquette’  following a tragedy.  I responded to one of Guy’s tweets, in which he was responding to someone who was lashing out at him.  My response was in agreement to the other person.  After tweeting I felt that gut instinct of “that was not professional”.

In less than an hour I got the shock of my life!  Guy Kawasaki sent me a Direct Message, asking what was wrong with what he was doing.  What followed was [Read more…]

The Nanny Nine: Standard Heating & Air Conditioning

Standard Heating & Air Conditioning

One of the things I love about my business, and the Social Networking I do, is the people and companies I have the privilege of meeting.  Sometimes it’s even how I meet them that makes the story even more fascinating.  For example, how I met Santiago Strasser (@santistrasser), Marketing Manager for Standard Heating & Air Conditioning.

We were finally heading into some warmer Spring weather a few weeks ago, and decided to turn the AC on in our house.  We noticed after a few hours that something wasn’t right, and after an inspection by a different heating and air company, it was determined our AC needed repair or replacement.  Due diligence was done, and appointments were set, to accommodate my husband and myself both being here.  This worked into the schedules for two companies, but not the third, Standard Heating and Air Conditioning.  The morning of the other two appointments I did an early Tweet simply stating how “bummed I was that @StandardHeating could not get out before the next week.”  The weather people were now predicting 90’s that following week.

A couple of hours later, I had a first happen to me with regard to Social Networking… [Read more…]

The Nanny Nine: Dennis Powell, Senior Producer ABC News and AARP Inside E Street

 

Dennis Powell

Dennis Powell

Dennis Powell didn’t plan on being a television producer.  He likens it to “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”.  After studying theatre in school, he became a clerk in the ABC business office, moved on to Video Tape Editor at ABC News, and then advanced to Producer.  Over thirty years years later he is still in the journalism field.  During that time frame, Dennis was a Senior Producer for ABC’s World News, covering events surrounding the President, legislation on Capitol Hill, Department of Transportation & Department of Homeland Security.  Most recently he worked on ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’.  Dennis is currently the Senior Editorial Producer for Inside E Street, a public affairs show produced by AARP, airing on most PBS stations. [Read more…]

The Nanny Nine: Wellstone-Barlow Mental Health Initiative

Wellstone Barlow logo

If you think Mental Illness doesn’t affect you, think again.  I would bet that each of you knows someone with a Mental Health Condition…and you maybe don’t even realize it.  This week we are tragically reminded of how Mental Health plays a part in every day lives, with the loss of Mindy McCready to suicide.  Her struggles were well publicized, but she was ashamed of the stigma.  For many people their conditions are not known, sometimes not even to themselves. [Read more…]