Let’s Give Them Something To Talk About…

A few months ago I was asked to be apart of a national conference scheduled to take place in Atlanta, Ga this upcoming Thursday. The excitement that I have comes from the fact that this conference is built for the entire family, but the core audience is teenagers. I’m sure at the very mention of the word ‘teenager’ many of us have flashbacks to episodes 10, 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years ago where we remember where we were and what it felt like to be in high school and go through all of the scenarios from games to graduation and all of the cast of characters we met along the way… but the funny thing is that we all remember what it was like. The coming into your own, the understanding of perception versus reality and the establishment of identity. As I now work with teenagers on a consistent basis in addition to my other areas of involvement… let me be the first to tell you that things haven’t changed one bit. I will say technology and the internet has accelerated the process as it relates to the access of information, but the same insecurities and familiar know-it-all mindset still exists. Besides, I believe we don’t fully ‘grow-up’ until 26 anyway…

The entire reason why I decided to title this entry ‘Let’s Give Them Something To Talk About…” is because in whatever that you go to do in life you should always strive to be memorable. That’s not to say that you are desperate for attention (As mentioned previously… many of you are aware of my disdain for people at networking events that are ‘too thirsty’.), but rather that you make a great first impression that will have people remember exactly who you are. As a personal reference… there is a reason my website, instagram, twitter, etc. is branded with ‘Meet Tony Rouse’. I want visitors to know that when they connect with me it will always be for a memorable and enjoyable experience. It is always about the experience. Never forget that.

Whether I’m in my role as a Sr. Product Manager designing user-centered interactives, a Branding Specialist for Fortune 500 companies or a Creative Consultant working on the world’s next-level engagement… it is ALWAYS about the experience. It reminds me of the saying by the amazing late Dr. Maya Angelou that I apply to everything that I do… “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”