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Seven Things About Jason Baer

jason baer 300x199 Seven Things About Jason Baer I didn’t really want to do this. You read the Convince & Convert blog for reasons that are no doubt unrelated to my personal proclivities and back story. But, I was tagged by Amber Naslund as part of a “blogger chain letter” type thing, and she asked me to participate. So, in the spirit of social media, here I go.

(Actually, with a paragraph’s worth of reflection, maybe this isn’t a bad idea. I fear that as it grows “social media” is already becoming too much about business, and not enough about PEOPLE – which is of course contrary to the entire point.)

7 Things About Me (that you probably didn’t care to know)

1. If I had the looks for it, I would love to be a game show host. I emceed a lot of stuff in high school and college, and I’m always the one to keep score in every board game or contest. Plus, I’ve managed to parlay my exceptional public speaking ability into a gig as the announcer for this weekend’s Flagstaff Figure Skating Club holiday exhibition. icon wink Seven Things About Jason Baer Take that, Chris Brogan.

2. I co-founded the student radio station at University of Arizona, and I’m a total indie-music freak. Wife and kids notwithstanding, if I could pick any evening entertainment, it would be a concert by a new, buzz-worthy band in a small club with good beer (IPA, please), and a bartender that knows how to make a legit margarita. For the record, favorite bands presently include Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Okerrvil River, Spoon, Elbow, and the maddeningly inconsistent Ryan Adams.

3. I am a really, really bad gambler. Not in the “I have a gambling problem” kinda way, but in the “every time I gamble, I lose” kinda way. Seriously, every time. I have an almost otherworldly ability to defy even the most favorable odds and lose money. I chalk it up to two things. One, my general optimism leads me to believe I can of course hit the flush. Two, I think it’s some sort of cosmic joke that since I’ve been so incredibly fortunate in every other part of my life, I’ll have the planet’s worst gambling luck.

4. I struggle with spending enough time at home. I know this is by no means unique to me. Like social media carnival workers, Brogan, Gary Vaynerchuk, Jason Falls and countless others are away from their families a ton as they travel around to conferences and client meetings. The paradox is that as you get more widely recognized for having something worthwhile to say in any consulting paradigm, you end up spending less and less time at home. I’m thrilled with the early success of Convince & Convert, but truly concerned about being there consistently for my kids (7 and 10).

5. I review local restaurants via blog and podcast with my wife as “Hottie & The Fatso.” It’s a fun side project to work on together, gives me some additional blogging and podcasting experience, and is a killer tax write-off. If you’re ever headed to Northern Arizona, let me know and I’ll set you up with the inside scoop.

6. I’ve gotta take better care of myself. It’s one thing to be the Fatso for restaurant review purposes. It’s another thing entirely to play with fire. Fitness hasn’t been a priority for me since high school, and I have a pretty sketchy family health history. Need to get serious about about it (40 next year), but hard to take the first step, I’m finding.

7. My original profession was politics. I majored in political science in college, and was a professional political consultant from 1988-1992. I worked on several major campaigns, and was fascinated (still am) in the parallels between political campaigns and B2C marketing. Candidates aren’t so different from marketing soap, or cars, or pizza. I ran Senator John McCain’s direct mail program, and built his Web site when he ran for President the first time, in 2000.

Senator McCain is a truly great man, but I voted for Obama. I was looking for someone who could change things fundamentally, and had a generational perspective closer to my own. Fingers are crossed for the future.

Thanks for listening. You’ll now return to your regularly scheduled blog.

As part of this “tag you’re it” game, I need to select 7 participants/victims to carry the torch.

DJ Waldow
Jeff Rohrs
Jason Falls
Gary Vaynerchuk (via video, presumably)
Indra Gardiner
Francine Hardaway
Todd Defren

Your turn, folks. Here are the rules:

  1. Link your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged
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  • http://www.adamgainer.com/ Adam Gainer

    Hi Jason,
    I got wind off this because I follow you on twitter. I love learning from the people I’m following ans getting to know them a little more personally.

    I was looking at your list and noticed the music selection, I’m a big fan of a lot of those bands. You might also be interested in The Mountain Goats, I just started following them and they are really good.

  • http://www.adamgainer.com Adam Gainer

    Hi Jason,
    I got wind off this because I follow you on twitter. I love learning from the people I’m following ans getting to know them a little more personally.

    I was looking at your list and noticed the music selection, I’m a big fan of a lot of those bands. You might also be interested in The Mountain Goats, I just started following them and they are really good.

  • http://altitudebranding.com/ Amber Naslund

    You’re a good sport, Jason. I didn’t want to do it at first either, but I thought it was important for some people to see the Amber behind the business, and I’m for one grateful to see a bit of the Jason behind yours. We could all do with not taking ourselves so damn seriously all the time, anyway. It’s just a blog post! :)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Amber

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  • http://altitudebranding.com Amber Naslund

    You’re a good sport, Jason. I didn’t want to do it at first either, but I thought it was important for some people to see the Amber behind the business, and I’m for one grateful to see a bit of the Jason behind yours. We could all do with not taking ourselves so damn seriously all the time, anyway. It’s just a blog post! :)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Amber

    Amber Naslund’s last blog post..Seven things…

  • http://franklinbishop.net/ Blog Expert

    I think your podcast name couldn’t be any funnier.

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  • http://franklinbishop.net/ Blog Expert

    I think your podcast name couldn’t be any funnier.

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  • http://www.theharteofmarketing.com/ Beth Harte

    Jason, thanks for playing along…Amber tagged me and I am still mad at her. Kidding! :) It’s great to learn more about people that we have become friends with and I think this meme did it’s job in that respect. I love the name of your podcast, what fun! And, I am with you on the beer! So, I promise that the next time we hang out…a beer on me! ;-)

    Beth Harte’s last blog post..For better or worse…seven things about me

  • http://www.theharteofmarketing.com Beth Harte

    Jason, thanks for playing along…Amber tagged me and I am still mad at her. Kidding! :) It’s great to learn more about people that we have become friends with and I think this meme did it’s job in that respect. I love the name of your podcast, what fun! And, I am with you on the beer! So, I promise that the next time we hang out…a beer on me! ;-)

    Beth Harte’s last blog post..For better or worse…seven things about me

  • http://www.Twitter.com/TheGirlPie @TheGirlPie

    First off: thanks to @Ambercadabra for being how I think I found this great blog (via twitter.)
    Second: Jason, you are adorable — I’m so delighted that you did this list. I’d just read a smart post of yours and had to know more (looking for a twitter handle to click on, actually.) SO great to hear your voice, learn just enough and not too much, and get a better sense of connection — very well done.

    May I weight in? (Butting in with free advice worth twice what you paid for it is, uh, what I do.)
    1) Game show host? Look at Drew Carey. No excuses. Do a podcast game show. (You do SO know how!)

    2) College radio DJ? How great for me! I’m old and need to keep up on new music that even a boomer could love… can you intro me (us) to one new song or band or record (that’s how old I am) each week to ease me into it all? Strong on lyric, easy on hatred? (I’ve heard the first and last on your list — will seek out the others.)

    3) Go to Vegas with my next time, I win at everything, all beginners luck, have no idea what I’m doing and clean up. Don’t do it more than twice a decade, but something works. Every. Single. Hand/spin/pull. Maybe I got your share. Limit your bets to matchsticks.

    4) See if you can take your kids, one at a time, on the shorter business jaunts. It’s a brilliant thing my folks did to help me see another side of the parent, what work means, bond over travel hassles, clients love meeting the mini-you and like you more for it (it’s NOT baby-sitting, it’s father-child training/bonding on your monthly Take-My-Kid-To-Work Trip.

    5) My BoyPie and I do the same thing, under a less funny but just as clever moniker west of you, focused on low-cost ethnic finds. Photos instead of podcasts (he’s shy) but a great way to make use of what we do/love anyway.

    6) Ditto — consider getting a fitness check-in buddy — lots of sites have them, cause just like I nag myself: we gotta take better care, especially at this age. Ask yourself: what’s it gonna take? My kids tearing up at my hospital bed after the heart attack? Start now, if not for them — for me. (Kid-ding, duh.)

    7) You are still in politics in a way, since web 2.0 is making every voice heard, and we see those with the best ideas delivered in the most grokable way rise… my field is also a LOT like politics, for many of your same reasons (and similar to B2C marketing, oddly.)

    So keep up the stumping in your adopted profession, keep up the calls for awareness and action and accountability and all the parallels to both of your passions. I’m very pleased to have met you. Keep up the good work.

  • @TheGirlPie

    First off: thanks to @Ambercadabra for being how I think I found this great blog (via twitter.)
    Second: Jason, you are adorable — I’m so delighted that you did this list. I’d just read a smart post of yours and had to know more (looking for a twitter handle to click on, actually.) SO great to hear your voice, learn just enough and not too much, and get a better sense of connection — very well done.

    May I weight in? (Butting in with free advice worth twice what you paid for it is, uh, what I do.)
    1) Game show host? Look at Drew Carey. No excuses. Do a podcast game show. (You do SO know how!)

    2) College radio DJ? How great for me! I’m old and need to keep up on new music that even a boomer could love… can you intro me (us) to one new song or band or record (that’s how old I am) each week to ease me into it all? Strong on lyric, easy on hatred? (I’ve heard the first and last on your list — will seek out the others.)

    3) Go to Vegas with my next time, I win at everything, all beginners luck, have no idea what I’m doing and clean up. Don’t do it more than twice a decade, but something works. Every. Single. Hand/spin/pull. Maybe I got your share. Limit your bets to matchsticks.

    4) See if you can take your kids, one at a time, on the shorter business jaunts. It’s a brilliant thing my folks did to help me see another side of the parent, what work means, bond over travel hassles, clients love meeting the mini-you and like you more for it (it’s NOT baby-sitting, it’s father-child training/bonding on your monthly Take-My-Kid-To-Work Trip.

    5) My BoyPie and I do the same thing, under a less funny but just as clever moniker west of you, focused on low-cost ethnic finds. Photos instead of podcasts (he’s shy) but a great way to make use of what we do/love anyway.

    6) Ditto — consider getting a fitness check-in buddy — lots of sites have them, cause just like I nag myself: we gotta take better care, especially at this age. Ask yourself: what’s it gonna take? My kids tearing up at my hospital bed after the heart attack? Start now, if not for them — for me. (Kid-ding, duh.)

    7) You are still in politics in a way, since web 2.0 is making every voice heard, and we see those with the best ideas delivered in the most grokable way rise… my field is also a LOT like politics, for many of your same reasons (and similar to B2C marketing, oddly.)

    So keep up the stumping in your adopted profession, keep up the calls for awareness and action and accountability and all the parallels to both of your passions. I’m very pleased to have met you. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.annhandley.com/ Ann Handley

    Hey Jason — I loved reading a bit more about you. Thanks for your honesty. You’ve inspired me, too.. since I was tagged this week. Happy holidays!

    p.s. I also totally dig “Hottie and the Fatso.” LOL!! I think I’ll suggest something similar to my long-time BF — I think that’s an awesome idea…. (esp now that GirlPie endorsed it!)

    Ann Handley’s last blog post..Innocents At Home

  • http://www.annhandley.com Ann Handley

    Hey Jason — I loved reading a bit more about you. Thanks for your honesty. You’ve inspired me, too.. since I was tagged this week. Happy holidays!

    p.s. I also totally dig “Hottie and the Fatso.” LOL!! I think I’ll suggest something similar to my long-time BF — I think that’s an awesome idea…. (esp now that GirlPie endorsed it!)

    Ann Handley’s last blog post..Innocents At Home

  • http://twitter.com/michaelgass/status/1055657007 Michael Gass

    Reading: “7 Things About Jason Baer | Convince & Convert News | Social Media Consulting – Convince & Convert” ( http://tinyurl.com/5lsoxy )

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