Beach Walk 392 OTR – The Other Side of Talent

I’m at BlogHer Business Conference in NYC and we are here to show the way for companies to find a voice in the blogosphere to change how they communicate with customers.

What stops a lot of people, is either thinking they have nothing to say or thinking they are not talented enough to be a writer, a speaker, or on-camera. Today’s show is in response to all the people remarking on the amazing musical talent in Hawai’i, as well as this quote from Barry Diller at the Web 2.0 conference about user-generated content, which is any content produced by people who are not entertainment or media professionals (that’s 99% of us):

When you get into forms of entertainment, talent always wins out. There isn’t that much talent in the world. An audience of 8 to 12 people might be interested in someone’s individual expression, but the process of people with talent and expertise making entertainment products won’t be displaced by 18-year-olds making videos.

PR professional Jeremy Pepper shares his view that a lot of people making “entertainment products” are actually not all that talented, but instead have good looks or good agents.

Can you guess the Beach Walks take on this topic? Watch the show and then let me know what you think.

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Hawaiian words
Noʻeau: talent

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Beach Walk 349 – How much does talent matter?

Talent sits on a pedestal and also goes unused. Beach Walks takes a look at the pressure that invisibly gets attached to it.

Talent is one of those ideas that goes unexamined so often, and inadvertently creates pressure. This can be whether you are “wasting your talent” or not trying something you want because “you have little or no talent for it.”

Mahalo for the many emails and testimonials that you have been sending. Please keep them coming!

Last night I met Doug Kaye, founder of IT Conversations and his lovely wife Cessna who are visiting Hawai’i. He motivated me to create a survey. So I hope you will please help us in our “get some sponsors” project by taking the survey! Mahalo to Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for organizing the dinner.

Check out the great poster Ipo made for us on Kanoa’s MySpace:
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Hawaiian words
Kanekapila: playing music and talking story
Noʻeau: talented, skillful

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