Tag Archives: speaking


Dec 19, 2012

Which Steve Would You Rather Be?

This is NOT a trick question. Yes, one is unfortunately no longer with us – that’s not the crux of the question. Which Steve is best representing his brand? Dumbing it down even further, which Steve can you tolerate?





Jan 3, 2011

Rizzo Tees Talking Social Media At RISE Lunch with David Siteman Garland and Erin Steinbrugge – the @Steinburglar

I recently participated in a social media panel discussion at David Siteman Garland’s RISE Lunch. I have enjoyed every RISE lunch I’ve attended. I meet someone special every time. I’ve made business deals at some of them. And Brad Beracha’s Araka Restaurant is just a wonderful place to dine.

Thanks to Erin Steinbrugge for participating with me, and thanks to David for inviting me to share my thoughts.

No embedability here, so click below to proceed to the video:

http://blog.therisetothetop.com/2010/12/thoughts-on-social-media-for-entrepreneurs-in-2011/

Let me know if you’d like me to speak at your speaking thingy – contact me at rizzotees [ at ] gmail [ dawt ] com.





Dec 3, 2010

Rizzo Tees Talking Social Media At Webster University School Of Business – Video

Webster University

It was an honor to be invited to the George Herbert Walker School Of Business And Technology for the latest installment of their Walker Speaker Series. I participated in a panel discussion on “Bettering Your Business Using Social Media.”

I was joined on stage by fellow panelists Kathleen Manning of Monsanto, Amber Talbot of Scottrade, and Dave Collett of Weber Shandwick. Dr. Benjamin Akande, dean of the Business School, moderated our discussion. He started us off with some questions of his own, and then we took audience questions. Dr. Akande deftly moved us from one topic to the next, and I think the panel especially enjoyed engaging with the audience.

Thanks to Dr. Akande for moderating, Charla Lord for helping us out behind the scenes, and Patrick Powers for inviting me in the first place, and being an all around cool guy.

I did especially enjoy the Webster University blog post linked to above (and pictured above) that includes an autofeed of their latest tweet. That tweet was a retweet of my #FollowFriday tweet for Dr. Akande.  The irony is thick and heavy, no?

Thanks again to Webster University. Let’s do it again sometime!

A Flickr gallery of the event is here, a direct link to the recorded Ustream video is here, or watch below:

Bonus material:

Kanna Taylor’s blogpost on the event

Patrick Powers’ recap of the event

If the Ustream video feed above ever goes down, here’s the hour-long panel discussion on YouTube.

Benjamin Akande and Chris Reimer

Dr. Benjamin Akande and Chris Reimer





Nov 15, 2010

Speaking Engagement Tonight At The Gramophone – I’m Goin’ OFF!

Tonight I’ll be at the STLMixtapes.com tweetup at The Gramophone in St. Louis, MO. My friends J-Will (@theobell) and Los (@biglos) invited me to speak about social media with local DJs, artists, and producers as part of the kickoff of their new project, STLMixTapes. I’m really excited to make the case that using social media to take the general public into the world of a rapper, into the process of making an album and touring, will help them meet with even more success.

And I will argue that this is even more important for the up-and-coming rapper/DJ/producer. You might be able to get away with old-school marketing if you’re Nelly (because he’s already highly visible), but if you’re not as well known and you’re looking to bust out, you need to be letting the general public get close to you through social media.

And after I’m done talking (read: after I’m thrown off the stage), there will be live performances by Potzee, Gena, Tef Poe, Rockwell Knuckles, & M.C.

You can RSVP here, or just show up. See you there tonight!





Apr 5, 2010

Knowledge is Power

Last week I gave a talk at David Siteman Garland’s RISE Lunch, and my subject matter was a topic that’s very near and dear to my heart.  The title of my presentation was “Building Communities With Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs – Why Bother?”  It was to be a 15 minute presentation. I threw together my Powerpoint presentation (the first one I’ve ever built, actually).

Here’s where things get weird. I don’t do alot of public speaking.  I had a friend get married in 2001 and I was Best Man, and that speech almost killed me.  I was so bloody nervous, I couldn’t even enjoy myself at the reception.  Last week, as I prepared for the speech, as the speech approached, as I sat at the lunch waiting for my turn, as people kept asking “Are you nervous? Are you nervous?” and as I delivered the speech that ran for 25 minutes……. I was not nervous.  Not at all.  What is UP with that?

Here’s the link to the podcast.

Let me know what you guys think – has anyone else had a similarly notable experience when publicly speaking?