@mnpr – I am ready Joel
Q – #1 tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up, where did you go to school and where did you start after school?
Ryan: I am Minnesota born and raised. I went to @UMN_SJMC and hoped to be a DJ. Life took a different direction.
After graduation I received my first offer in radio for $18,000 a year. I knew I couldn’t survive, so I made a course correction.
I ended up working for @patrickstrother at Strother out of college. It was a great learning experience.
Q – #2 So after @PatrickStrother, what other work did you do that led you to @mnpr?
Ryan: My focus has always been hi-tech PR. When I was offered a job in April, 2002 @baesystemsInc I couldn’t resist.
@baesystemsinc gave me free reign to explore communications. I started my blog in February of 2003. It’s been a great experiment
The @mnpr blog was just a way to get my name out to local professionals. Anyone who’s work in corporate knows you need to do outreach
Q – #3 How long have you been on Twitter, and how is your #Honeywell campaign going?
A: I have been on Twitter since Sept 2007. It has been a great professional development tool. It is has led me to multiple interviews.
I have had success in getting interviews I haven’t landed a job yet. As you mentioned, I recently ran a #hiremehoneywell campaign.
I thought the Honeywell position was mostly social media. Turns out they wanted mostly traditional media relations.
While I feel like I have media relations skills I don’t have the contacts @honeywellgrid was looking for nationally.
The best thing about #hiremehoneywell was the feed back I got from follower. 13-pages of great comments.
Q #4 Something will no doubt turn up for you! What other interests or hobbies do you get involved with?
Ryan: Right now I have two kids. A one-year-old and a two-year-old. My hobby is reading parenting books a tickling my kids.
My wife runs a blog www.samuelmay.com. I help her think of ideas to post. I am trying to get her on twitter @initstime.
I can’t wait for Samuel to be old enough to go snowboarding.
Q – #5 Do you snowboard? Now your FAVORITES: Restaurant, store, winter activity, comfort food and recent book or blog.
Ryan: I have been snowboarding since before it was allowed in Minnesota. That should age me some.
I love to drink coffee. I mean I LOVE to drink coffee. I am @starbucks right now and I frequent Diamonds too – http://bit.ly/gbrAtM
Beer is right up there with coffee. If I were to choose a place right now I would say @bulldogne is the place to go.
Books are tricky. I mostly read parenting books now and kids books.
Q – #6 If you could pick to have a meal/coffee with any 1 person dead/alive, who would you pick and why?
Easy – @barackobama. Beyond the fact he is leader of the free world. I think it would be great to talk policy with him.
@JoelECarlson – THANKS @mnpr for sharing some of your time and thoughts today on the 1yr anniversary of #jectv. Have a great evening!
Ryan: You too Joel. Thanks for engaging me and for your great blog. Keep it up.