Assemble Your Tribe in Prezi @ SAP Inside Track

By Mark Finnern
May 27, 2009

I haven't posted here in a long time. Hope this one is helpful to you. I want to introduce you to a new way of visualizing your thoughts for a presentation.
Andre Heller once called his life falling through dreams. Prezi would give him the tool visualize it.

Seth Godin is right in his latest book Tribes: Most organizations spend their time marketing to the crowd. Smart organizations assemble the tribe.

In my opinion this is the future of community building. Not that it is new, Sean O'Driscoll did an amazing job back at  Microsoft with their MVP program, but I am convinced that organizations will wake up to the realization that there is a group of passionate influencers in their community that warrant special attention to the benefit for everyone involved. 

It is the essence of my work at SAP these days with the SAP Mentor initiative, although I don't refer to them as tribe, but rather as friendly SAP Mentor wolf pack ;-)

I presented my thoughts two weeks ago at the ASUG Conference using Prezi for visualization.

Here is my Assemble your Tribe vision mapped out:
Assemble Your Tribe Prezi Screen Shot

People really liked it some even without having been at the event. Some of the tweets about it:

jonerp: @finnern I still can't believe how gorgeous your "Assembling Your Tribe" presentation is: (expand). Must learn prezi.
finnern: @krestivo & @corycc: Thanks for the feedback to my presentation It motivated me to polish it a bit.
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krestivo: RT @corycc: The awesome prez was from@finnern - a most awesome presentation indeed. very creative!
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corycc: Oops! My last tweet was misleading... The awesome prez was from@finnern
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corycc: Needed inspiration for a presentation on Tuesday. Found it thanks to @finnern and THANKS!
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dgraversen: Enjoyed browsing browsing @finnern Assemble Your Tribe presentation. The prezi looks fancy #sapphire09 (expand)
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gailmoody: @finnern presentation on Tribes was excellent @sapphire09. Nifty prezi tool also
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timoelliott: @finnern Great presentation! Looked at some of the other prezi efforts in the showcase -- yours best by a mile

One important elements of gathering your friendly wolf pack is to meet face to face at least once a year and this Friday at SAP Labs in Palo Alto we are having such an event the SAP Inside Track.

We have assembled some really interesting sessions. Check them out. If you want to get the whole Assemble your Tribe story, check in at 2:20pm for my session.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can still sign up and join us, as it is free.
We are trying to webcast the event too. If it works you will be able to follow the main track here:

In summary this Friday the SAP Community Network comes alive at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, you can join in person (not a lot of seats left though), or via webcast. If you were ever interested what SAP is up to this is a chance to immerse yourself and be part of the SAP Community Network. See you all there.

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