Friday, February 28, 2014

Frank Mungeam teaches on how not to be boring

Frank Mungeam, Director of Digital Media at KGW.
In December KGW Media Group launched a quarterly digital event for businesses to enable them to get a better understanding of social media and digital marketing.

KGW Digital Director Frank Mungeam leads the workshops. He honed his teaching technique in various roles including as professor of Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University (WSU), a role he's had since 2011.

He’s a former television producer with a degree in psychology from Harvard University, a Masters in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University who somehow morphed his career into the digital landscape.

Today, he is the resident digital guru at KGW NewsChannel 8 where he’s built a confident content development team and a highly successful social media strategy.

I met Mungeam when he first started teaching at WSU back in 2011 at one of his presentations for businesses. I came in with a chip on my shoulder because, of course, I think I know everything.

I was quietly wowed and became a Frank Mungeam fan on the spot. I wrangled a copy of his presentation – something he doesn’t do anymore, because, if you want the highly prized Mungeam insight on the lay of land in digital, you come and get it first hand and you take your own notes. Everything else is considered proprietary.

Today, I’m lucky enough to work for the same company as Mungeam. That detail, of course, makes me biased, yet smart enough to be in a place where I can keep honing my skills and continue to grow my knowledge of digital marketing. I'm not the only person that smart, even social media gurus like Jimmy Fallon drop in on Mungeam's presentations.

What about you? How do you cash in on the learning bonanza?

Send me an email.

Frank Mungeam is holding the next session on how to leverage the power of social media. He'll be teaching us how not to be boring.

There are ten spots open, so don't delay. The presentation is Wednesday, March 5, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and all it takes is a quick email to and you’ll receive a link to the registration page.

If you come, bring a business card and enter to win a Kindle courtesy of CenturyLink Business the sponsor of the 2014 Digital Series.

Can't come? No problem.

Invite me out to coffee and I’ll share my notes. You’re buying.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Winter blast leads to neighborhood street meeting

One of our neighbors started up the phone tree on a freezing cold Saturday.

I received my call about 3:00 p.m. I took the news with serious intent to comply.

We met in the middle of the street. From there 18 people trekked to the pizza place.

I can't think of a better place to live than a house close enough to restaurants you can walk to and neighbors who want to walk there with you.

Washington. Where snow is cold. Where neighbors are warm. Where apples get wet.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Lost and found: our house needs one

Sheaffer fountain pen from the late 70s.
Lately, I've been thinking the house should have a lost and found.

I seem to have an endless mind-stream of items I used to have in my possession that I would like to use again, or at minimum know where they are located.

Recently, during a bedroom bust of my kid's room, I found my very first fountain pen, a Sheaffer "No Nonsense" Orange Cartridge Fountain Calligraphy Pen with a fine nib. It was snuggled in without about 200 other writing instruments. We seem to be pen fanatics.

I bought this fountain pen in the 70s because the professor of my college music theory class said we needed to present our assignments in ink.

It took quite a search to locate the model he steered us to, and when I complained bitterly about the cost (how much? have no clue, but it was more than a BIC), he retracted everything and said he was merely suggesting we purchase one.

I quite fancy it today and am glad to have it in my collection.

What's your favorite writing instrument?