I am SO excited about IBM Connect that is starting on Sunday in Orlando!   We have many social learning opportunities to learn from each other in informal settings.  This year IBM Connect Team Social has invited IBM Champions, thought leaders, and experienced social business managers to share best practices, tips of the trade, and ideas about becoming a social business.

So, come join the conversations. And while there you can recharge your mobile device in the Social Cafe in the solution showcase, right next to the bookstore.

I’ve looked at the Social Buzz schedule on the IBM Social Business Insights blog https://www-304.ibm.com/connections/blogs/socialbusiness/entry/social_buzz_at_ibmconnect?lang=en_us

and these are just a few of the don’t miss talks.

The Value of Social (Monday 12:30-1:00 PM)
by Chris Heuer, Deloitte Digital   https://twitter.com/chrisheuer
Measuring the value of Social Media is difficult but not impossible. It starts with
understanding that value includes revenue generated, but it is also much more…

The Past, Present and Future of Data (Tuesday 12:30 – 1:00 PM)
by Alex Williams, TechCrunch  https://twitter.com/alexwilliams
A look at how data has changed the way we get our work done and what the
implications are for the future.

How Social Listening is the Best-kept Secret to Smarter Marketing  (Tuesday 1:00 – 1:30 PM)
by Bryan Kramer, CEO at PureMatter   https://twitter.com/bryankramer
Too many companies treat social media as a one-way conversation. We will discuss a specific set of steps for listening effectively in order to build an effective marketing strategy.  (I can’t agree with him more!)

How to Improve Your Social Eminence (Wednesday 1:30 -2 PM)
Tips and tricks on how to increase your reach and engage your audience from leaders in social business. Featuring Social Influencers, Sarah Carter, General Manager, Social Business for Actiance @SarahActiance and Louis Richardson, IBM Social Business Evangelist, @inter_vivos. Hosted by, Colleen Burns, External Relations and Social Media Manager, IBM @Colleeni

Did you know that January 28th is Community Manager Appreciation Day?  
Joyce Davis, IBM Community Manager for IBM Collaboration   https://twitter.com/jadintx is talking about the 7 Habits of Successful Community Managers (Monday 2:00-2:30)
She is a role model for community managers!

I’m putting them all on my calendar.  See you there!