Most of you already know that I’m a big fan of San Diego sports teams. I’ve had priceless experiences while cheering on my San Diego Padres. Now I want to share an amazing experience I recently had at the San Diego Chargers vs Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sunday September 28th, 2014. I am one of those people who always wins things. I believe this is the case because I frequently state “I always win” and then a self fulfilling prophecy happens, where the universe conspires with me to make this theory come true! I was the lucky winner of State Farm’s Total Coverage Sweepstakes. I have been a State Farm Customer for over 10 years so this was a nice surprise! (Winners do not need to be State Farm Customers. They have one winner for every game so anyone can enter here). I received the honor of sitting on the actual field in a recliner to watch the game. I was so close to the action that I wanted to jump in and play myself!
When I first arrived I was escorted into the game from the VIP entrance and given a field pass. I was then led to the area I would be sitting at right as the players were heading out to warm up. My VIP host (yes I had a host!) told me to immediately take out my camera when I got there and he was definitely giving me the right advice because seconds later, Philip Rivers ran out followed by the rest of the players to warm up.
I received cold water which were much needed on a hot day and I felt right at home in my nice recliner. I have sat in some good seats in the stadium but this was by far the best seat in the entire house. Since the Chargers were winning I just kicked my feet up and relaxed as the boys took care of things on the field.
The Chargers completely shut out their opponents after half time and completed the game with 23 unanswered points for a 33-14 victory. Being so close to the players made the experience surreal and at the same time gave me an appreciation for the game from a new perspective. I also got to high five over a dozen players after the win.
After the team exited the field, I had a chance to walk in right behind them to the locker room area. While many reporters were waiting for players to interview. I scored a few autographs and I got a hold of an official game winning NFL ball.
Thank you to State Farm and the Chargers for hosting me. This is another experience that I’ll always remember. I wish my team much success as they continue on with the season. And remember, think of yourself as a winner (never say, “I never win”. If you do make this bold statement, you’ll continue being someone who never wins.) and might just end up in my shoes, or in this case, seats.
I am very honored and excited that the organizers of the San Diego Night Market invited me to emcee their event this coming Saturday October 4th. I’ll be at the main entertainment stage from 5pm-8pm where I have the privilege of introducing our very own Mayor Kevin Faulconer along with many other talented performers and distinguished members of the community.
What is a “Night Market” you might ask? Well just as the name suggests, it’s a street market, usually held outdoors that’s open at night. Night markets are organized so you can leisurely stroll through all the vendors, shop while getting some great savings all while enjoying authentic street food from different cultures. The San Diego Night Market in particular aims to fulfill the following mission:
- Promote Asian Pacific American culture in cuisine, arts, and music
- Support local businesses – Asian and Non-Asian, small and large
- Cultivate innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship
- Foster volunteerism, leadership, networking, and teamwork
- Expand the cultural vibrancy of the San Diego region
My first experience of attending a night market was a few years ago when I was invited to Hong Kong for a speaking engagement. I had plenty of time to be a tourist, shop and enjoy everything Hong Kong had to offer. One of my stops was the “Ladies’ Market”, the most popular and busy night markets of the area. Even though I was told it would be busy, I was not expecting it to be as packed as it was. I snapped the photo to your right of ladies at the Ladies’ Night Market in Hong Kong. Keep in mind, this photo was taken around 11pm! People were excited about the new shipment of purses here. There was so much enthusiasm and energy from all the ladies (and gentlemen) at Ladies’ Market. It was definitely a fun experience which is why I’m looking forward to experiencing the night market culture right here in sunny San Diego.
On Saturday you can expect to satisfy your taste buds with delicious food, learn to cook at the various cooking demonstrations, be awed by amazing dance performances and so much more.
Here are the details for the San Diego Night Market:
Date: Saturday October 4th, 2014
Time: 4pm to Midnight
Location: Engineer Rd. near Convoy St. in the Convoy District
Cost: $2 entry fee
As usual, I’m hooking you up! I have two pairs of entry tickets to give away to two lucky winners. Each winner will also receive $10 to spend on food at the event. I’m basically giving you free dinner! What’s not to love about that? All you have to do to enter is to leave me a comment on this post about what you’re looking forward to the most at the San Diego Night Market. You can enter until 10pm on Thursday October 2nd.
If you have attended other night markets, I would love to here your experience. I also look forward to seeing you at the San Diego Night Market. Please remember to come say hi to me. I’ll be at the entertainment stage from 5pm-8pm and if I’m not making announcements on stage, you can be sure to find me enjoying some of the delicious food that will be offered at the event.
I’m honored to be hosting a LinkedIn workshop for the professional group Women in Business San Diego. It was very fitting that Women in Business San Diego found me and reached out to me through LinkedIn. I’ll teach you how your future customers can find you on LinkedIn too! This workshop open to both Women in Business San Diego members and also guests. The event will be located at the gorgeous spa like workspace for women, Hera Hub in Sorrento Mesa It will be very hands on. As a business professional, I understand how busy you are. If I just give you a list of things to update later, it may or may not get done. This is why I’ll work with you to ensure you leave with results that will start benefiting you immediately.
Here are the details on how you can join my LinkedIn Workshop:
Date: Monday September 15th, 2014
Time: 6pm- 7:30pm (Check in and networking will begin at 6pm, workshop begins promptly at 6:30pm)
Location: Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa 9710 Scranton Road #160 San Diego, CA 92121
Registration: Click here to register
Make sure to bring your laptop or tablet so you can access your LinkedIn page because my intention is for you to walk away with an updated profile that will help you optimize your professional brand and reach new customers. As a bonus for attending, you’ll be entered to win a complimentary 1 hour marketing consulting session with me. This will be your chance to get all of your marketing questions answered so I’m really looking forward to offering this.
In preparation for my LinkedIn Workshop, I also am asking for your help. If you’re a savvy LinkedIn user, please share with me how this site has helped you professionally. Also I am looking for some great profiles to showcase as examples. Let me know if I can use yours in the comments below and thanks in advance for your help.
This year has been a memorable one for me as a Padres fan. We lost our beloved announcer Jerry Coleman and then Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn. They were both icons in the Padres organizations and I know they would want us to continue to proudly cheer for our home team, which is exactly what I’ve been doing. I’ve attended over a dozen home games and even got to take on batting practice with the Padres earlier in the season. On Sunday, I had another memorable afternoon at the ballpark. The Padres hosted their first Social Summit and I was lucky enough to snag an invite.
They hosted 30+ bloggers, marketing professionals and other media influencers (all Padres fans of course) to their first ever SD Social Summit. Inning by inning, here’s how my day went:
First Inning- Check in was at 9am. We received an awesome #SDSocialSummit t-shirt (I’ll definitely be sporting this around) and tickets to the game that afternoon.
Second Inning- The Padres provided us with a delicious breakfast at the ballpark! We had a chance to meet other attendees, mingle and as a bonus we had an amazing view of the Coronado Bridge.
Third Inning- Wayne Partello, the Padres Chief Marketing Officer introduced himself and gave us a run down of what our day would look like. The audience was filled with questions on all aspects of Padres baseball including the PR disaster about the naming of our Hall of Fame. The new name honors MLB Commissioner Bud Selig who many feel did nothing for the San Diego franchise. Mr. Partello was kind enough to answer our questions and admitted that their reasons for honoring Bud Selig weren’t properly conveyed to fans before the backlash happened.
Fourth Inning- We got a VIP tour of the field with cool photo ops.
Fifth Inning- After touring the field, we took a seat in the dugout to await the arrival of the Padres head coach, Bud Black. Bud Black gave a press conference right from the dugout. This was one of my favorite parts of the summit. Mr. Black very gracious and appreciative of all our questions and boy did we have a lot! And tough ones too! I’m not sure he expected so many hard questions from our group but he answered all of them thoroughly and honestly. I personally asked what we were going to do to make sure we’re a strong contender for the NL West title and have a strong chance of October baseball next year. He replied by sharing his strategy to fill the farm system with a depth of talent and also discussed how he will continue to motivate the team to always fight until the very end whether it’s during a single game or to fight for that last wild card spot (we still have a chance this year!).
Sixth Inning- We had the unique opportunity to share our input by participating in a brainstorming session about future fan giveaways and promotions. There were definitely many interesting ideas including a fanny pack giveaway and having a Star Wars night. I personally voiced that I enjoy practical giveaways for items that are timeless and can be used year after year. The Padres agreed that they definitely want people to be using their giveaways long term. They want to avoid giving out tchotchke items that will be tossed. I’m looking forward to seeing their future promotions and giveaways calender to see if they’ll use our ideas. Being a true fan, I really appreciated having a voice in how their fan programs are run.
Seventh Inning- Padres President and CEO Mike Dee joined us and shared his thoughts about our team and also the future of our team. He explained the new hire of General Manager A.J. Preller and how his role will help us build a championship team. Preller is said to not only have an eye for talent but also has the ability to really develop talent. I am excited to see his strengths put to good use in San Diego. With time we’ll be able to tell just how good he is by winning championships and I look forward to it.
Eight Inning- After a quick seventh inning stretch, we reconfigured ourselves into 3 small groups. We had one on one sessions with Padres executives and staff including Ron Fowler, Ted Leitner, Mike Dee and Josh Stein. This gave us another chance to voice our opinions and get our questions answered. I enjoyed Mr. Leitner’s stories about Tony Gwynn and his enthusiasm for the game.
Ninth Inning- We wrapped up the first annual SD Social Summit with another tour as we made our way to a suite stocked with food and winning vibes. We made it just in time for the first pitch and enjoyed a game against our arch rival, Dodgers among good company. Mark Kotsay, a fan favorite and retired Padres Player who is now an announcer of Fox Sports SD stopped by our suite say hello during the game.
One thing that really stood out to me is the positive attitude from all the staff at the Padres organization. Every single person I met was nice, professional and shares a desire to see the Padres succeed. The attitude to fight until the end that Bud Black instills in our players is also shared by the front office staff. Unfortunately we lost that game, but other than the loss, it was truly a day to remember. Attending the SD Social Summit affirmed my faith in the team and I still believe that we are very close to a World Series win!
In my recent blog post about visiting Boston, I mentioned hanging out with Socialnomics creator, Erik Qualman. During our time together, he shared his successes/ challenges with me on writing and publishing books. He also gave me valuable advice on writing my own book. He was kind enough to bring me several autographed copies of various books he’s written including his latest book, What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube.
This is a must read! He discusses the role of digital technology on privacy where he states that “privacy is dead.” This book is short but an extremely impactful quick reference guide to living in a digital age. I read the entire book during my 9 hour flight delay from Boston back to San Diego. I absolutely love how clear and concise Erik is on getting important points across.
What Happens in Vegas, Stays on YouTube focuses on NEW rules for business, personal and family reputation. It’s structured in an easy to read list format. Each chapter focuses on a different topic such as protecting your identity, top reputation tools and business & team resources with rules related to the topic listed in the corresponding chapters. There are many examples and case studies that make the rules much easier to grasp. It’s all of your favorite tips found across dozens of places on the web, condensed into one powerful book that can fit in the palm of your hand.
I practice, teach and believe in so many rules in this book already but was still able to learn new things that I’ll be incorporating into my business and personal life. It was also refreshing to read affirmations on so many rules I live by. Here are 3 of my favorite rules/ points in the book.
1. 100% LinkedIn Profile- “LinkedIn profiles show up high in Google search results. This is particularly helpful for those who do not have a substantial digital presence.” I have been stressing the importance of having an optimized LinkedIn profile for this exact reason and many others for years! Your LinkedIn profile is your digital resume and it’s where potential employers and business partners get a glimpse of your career history and success. Since it has such a high search engine ranking, it will most likely be one of the top results when people search for you on the web. Taking ownership of your LinkedIn profile is a great step in building a positive online reputation. I am quoted for saying that I personally won’t consider hiring someone if they don’t have a LinkedIn profile and I know many employers who feel the same way.
2. Use Strong Passwords for all online accounts-Passwords have been around since ancient times. A password is definitely not something new. However, hackers are always coming up with new ways to retrieve your password. I loved reading this rule because I have been teaching people about how to create strong passwords since 2008 when I was hosting Internet Power workshops yet I still know so many people who have passwords that include their name, their pet’s name or an easy number sequence such as 12345. I personally have a different password for every single login. That may sound like it’s impossible to keep track of but it’s not as difficult as you think. I recommend choosing a pattern to create a password for each login, then adding a standard sequence of characters that stays the same. Here’s an example with different steps that you can repeat for different logins.
- Step 1: Create a pattern unique to the individual website. For examples, take the last letter and second letter of the website, in this case it’s nm
- Step 2: Add another letter in between such as “p”. Now your password is npm
- Step 3: Add your own sequence of characters starting with a capitol letter that’s the first letter of the website. Now your password is npmA
- Step 4: Think of a sequence of charters you’ll remember. You can choose the first 3 letters of the city you were born and the date. If you were born in San Diego on October 13, you can use san@1013. Now your password is nmpAsan@1013
- Step 5: Repeat the same steps for every new login. So if the website is Ebay, your password would be ypbEsan@1013
The intention is to choose a pattern of steps that after you use once, you’ll remember. At the same time this will make your password different for every site and hard to figure out for anyone who might get a hold of one of your passwords. You can read another example on creating strong passwords in Erik’s book.
3. Digital Stamp- Digital Stamps are a new concept for me. As described by Erik, “A Digital Stamp is a permanent collection and culmination of your digital footprints and digital shadows. Your digital stamp matters 5 seconds from now, 5 years from now, 50 years from now and 500 years from now.” He asked companies and individuals to submit digital stamps and he shares some of them in an entire chapter dedicated to digital stamps. Erik’s digital stamp is this: “Be a digital Dale Carnegie by motivating others to their best life, leadership & legacy. Honor my family & God.” Check out the image below for a sample of other digital stamps.
Since I only shared 3 things I enjoyed in this book with you, I’m now giving you a chance to get your very own copy.
WIN YOUR VERY OWN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS ON YOUTUBE. PLUS YOU MIGHT BE FEATURED IN ERIK’S NEXT BOOK! Here’s how to win:
1. Create your own digital stamp and share it in the comments section of this blog post. This counts for one entry.
2. Earn an additional entry by Tweeting / Sharing this blog post on Twitter. Make sure to tag me @MyMelodie
3. Last but not least, whether you win the autographed book or not, your very own digital stamp could be featured in the next edition of What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube. After you have created your digital stamp and shared it with me here, email it to Erik: firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s going to be adding more digital stamps to his upcoming books and you could make your mark by being published!
The winner will be chosen Friday August 22nd, 2014 at 5pm, pacific time. The winner will be asked for a mailing address to receive your prize of one autographed copy of What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube. Good luck and I can’t wait to read your digital stamps.