In true Japanese business style, it was a pleasure to meet up with the social media consultant, Neal Schaffer, in Tokyo’s Ebisu Garden Palace, on Friday night.
Neal was on a short business trip to Japan and managed to fit in an end-of-week, informal gathering before flying back to L.A. a few hours later.
Without social media, and specifically LinkedIn and Twitter, I doubt our paths would have crossed. Such is the power of the medium to connect!
Our small group had a very international mix with Japanese, Italian, American, Taiwanese, Australian, American and British participants. (Thanks to Jason and Daniele for arranging the event and choosing a great Italian pasta restaurant. Nice way to start the weekend.)
In between bits and bites, I did manage to have a chat with Neal about:
- the current proliferation of so-called ‘social media gurus’.
- differences between Twitter usage in Japan and US.
- Meeting your content marketing and content curation goals for using LinkedIn and Twitter.
This exchange was a minor miracle in itself because while talking to Jason and I in English, Neal was also conversing in Japanese and Cantonese (I think) with the other guests.
This guy’s definitely not lost in translation!
I look forward to learning more about social media strategies from Neal in 2011 and beyond.
– Mark ‘business card naked’ McClure